“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

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: The Most Serene of the Serenissima

For a tourist Venice, dubbed the Serenissima, is not a particularly serene experience. Most tourists will find themselves frustratedly scanning maps for streets names that don’t seem to exist, because signs are written in dialect and maps in Italian. And even if the names did correspond the warren of dark alleyways would still be unnavigable.… Read More Hidden Venice: The Most Serene of the Serenissima

Hidden Venice: Fondamenta delle Zattere

Le Zattere, or Fondamenta delle Zattere, is a wide promenade along the water’s edge, situated at the furthest end of the Dorsoduro quarter. At lunchtime the sun beats down unencumbered on groups of students huddled in the shade, elegant waterside restaurants and a scintillating stretch of water. Le Zattere runs parallel with the Giudecca island,… Read More Hidden Venice: Fondamenta delle Zattere