June 24 2016 / Events

Row, Row, Rowing in Venice!

Venice, Veneto

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March 10 2016 / Art & Archaeology

A Cameo Appearance in Venice

Venezia, Veneto

Announcement: Many thanks to all who are contributing to ItalianNotebook’s fundraising drive launched yesterday and currently ongoing. Your support is


November 17 2015 / Places

Isola di San Francesco del Deserto

San Francesco del Deserto, Veneto

An ancient island located in a Venetian lagoon is home to a Franciscan sanctuary where visitors are greeted with a


November 6 2015 / Local Interest

Stringing Together a Legacy in Venice

Venice, Veneto

Marisa is an “impiraressa”. An impiraressa creates with pearls sand authentic Venetian glass beads using long needles and 19th century


July 19 2015 / Local Interest

Behind the Mask in Venice!

Venice, Veneto

Venice and masks are inseparable. It’s impossible to visit Venice and not see shops filled with fantastic designs. From the


May 12 2015 / Local Interest

La Gondola: The Prow and Joy of Venice

Venice, Veneto

Did you know that there are only 425 professionally licensed gondoliers in Venice? It’s true. These card-carrying members of the


March 30 2015 / Local Interest

Venice: Acqua Alta

Venice, Veneto

It was a cold, wet day and I had arrived in Venice quite unprepared for the high waters that greeted


March 5 2015 / Local Interest

Hidden Venice

Venice, Veneto

Most tourists who visit Venice do so in a tour group and never get to experience what’s really there, hidden


February 10 2015 / Events

The Masks We Wear

Venice, Veneto

The first mention of carnevale in a Venetian document goes back to 1094 A.D., so the Venetians have certainly had


January 28 2015 / Places

A Trip Down the Grand Canal

Venezia, Veneto

There are few more unforgettable moments than that first sight of Venice in all its hustle and bustle on the


December 5 2014 / Food & Wine

Savouring Venice

Venice, Veneto

Last week I joined a Venice food tour of the Rialto Markets and cicchetti tasting with wine. Many of you


May 15 2014 / Events

Marriage to the Sea

Venezia, Veneto

The history of the Venetian Republic, sometimes called the “Serene Republic”, is embodied in the Doge’s Palace. Massive, imposing, impressive,


February 21 2014 / Events

The Flight of the Pantegana

Venice, Veneto

Hooray hooray! A new tradition is born! …ahem… with a full head of hair, make that a beard too, kicking


January 10 2014 / Events

Venezia: Splashed by Acqua Alta

Venezia, Veneto

The late Robert Benchley, a 20th century American humorist and Hollywood actor, was sent packing to Europe one summer by


December 2 2013 / Local Interest

Traverse as the Venetian Locals Do

Venice, Veneto

Venice is a popular tourist destination in Italy, as it has many wonderful sights to see. There’s the fabulous Piazza


July 12 2013 / Food & Wine

Sgroppino: Venice Untied

Venice, Veneto

Ever heard of a Sgroppino? Well, it’s a lemon-flavored, creamy-smooth, frothy alcoholic beverage. More a digestivo (digestive) or liquid dessert than an aperitivo (cocktail),


March 18 2013 / Food & Wine

A Splash of Venice in every Glass

Venice, Veneto

When you think of Venice, what immediately comes to mind? A gondolier navigating his craft? The Rialto Bridge? The bustling


October 22 2012 / Places

La Serenissima…The Serene One?

Venice, Veneto

Ah, Venice, is there any city like La Serenissima? What lies behind the beautiful mask of the serene one? Proud


June 5 2012 / Local Interest

An Artist’s Venice

Venice, Veneto

You are wandering mapless through the maze of narrow, winding Venetian streets and passages, hopelessly lost but enjoying the adventure.