“Streets full of water. Please advise”: Unimpressed Visitors to Venice

Venice throws everything at the visitor – tottering ornate Gothic palazzi, metres of glittering gold mosaic, hours of meandering alleys for the romantic and pompous overpriced cafes for the extravagant. But some visitors remain just a little underwhelmed. Here are some of the greatest Venice cynics. A Moated Imprisonment of a Town Stinking canals, unstable… Read More “Streets full of water. Please advise”: Unimpressed Visitors to Venice

Hidden Eateries: A Most Unusual Dinner in Chioggia

Chioggia lies south of Venice, protruding from the mainland, and is popularly known as ‘Little Venice’, due to its canals and bridges on a more modest scale than Venice. However, one risks a sharp retort or foul look from a Chioggiotto (person from Chioggia) if that diminutive title is uttered in their presence, as Chioggia’s… Read More Hidden Eateries: A Most Unusual Dinner in Chioggia

The Marathon: The Most Relaxing Way to Visit Venice?

It’s not just about what you see, it’s about how you see it. Starting in the grounds of the magnificent Villa Pisani, the Venice Marathon route passes some of the most elegant leisure palaces of the Venetian nobility along the Brenta River, including the aptly named Villa Malcontenta (discontent), and finishes with 14 tortuous bridges… Read More The Marathon: The Most Relaxing Way to Visit Venice?

Hidden Venice: How to be an (Almost) Exclusive Guest at a Palazzo on the Grand Canal

In ‘City of Falling Angels’, Berendt writes about a period of La Serenissima when she was in her last golden moments. The ornate palazzi of the Canale Grande were either thrown open for dazzling parties where guests arrived in gondole and light spilled from the windows onto the dark water outside; or were beginning their inevitable decline… Read More Hidden Venice: How to be an (Almost) Exclusive Guest at a Palazzo on the Grand Canal

Seasons of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness: How to Enjoy October in Italy

A sharp crisp morning hazy with mist matures into rich golden afternoon of enduring summer heat, now more cloying as the humidity of Autumn sets in. A light evening breeze brings the scent of roasting chestnuts and produce of market stalls evoke autumn colours before the leaves change – orange pumpkins, pale yellow marrows, deep… Read More Seasons of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness: How to Enjoy October in Italy