Category Archives: Venice

The Many Flavors of the Carnevale in Italy: Regional Versions of the Celebration

The Many Flavors of the Carnevale in Italy After the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the country of Italy’s next big party during the winter season would be the world-famous Carnevale, or Carnival. It is traditionally held as a final chance to have fun before the more somber Lenten season arrives, and it is also a goodbye to the cold months as people begin looking forward to spring. Though we often associate the Carnevale with just Venice, many cities and towns all over the country actually celebrate this holiday, each with their own unique twists and highlights. However, the biggest and most elaborate parties are at Venice, Viareggio, and Cento, so if you would like to join a bigger crowd, head to these cities. Some of the most popular Carnevale destinations are the following: Venice In the City of Bridges, the festivities tend to begin up to two weeks before […]

A Quick Guide to Italy’s Winter Carnival

A Quick Guide to Italy’s Winter Carnival With Epiphany just ended, and after La Befana has made her rounds distributing toys and coal as she usually does during the holidays, the Christmas season in Italy officially comes to a close. Don’t worry, however, because eve n though the holiday decorations may be coming down, new ones will be put up soon, as Italy prepares for its next big holiday. What would that be, you ask? It is none other than one of the country’s biggest parties, the Carnival, or Carnevale! It is a festive occasion, and this 2015, it promises to be a particularly big event as the Carnival is also being used to further promote tourism in Italy as it hosts the World Expo later this year. So for those who want to experience the Carnival for themselves, here’s a quick starter guide to help you understand and appreciate […]

Looking for the Best Cities in Italy for Nightlife

Best Cities in Italy for Nightlife     Nightlife in Italy varies according to season. Outdoor entertainment is popular from the May to September months, when the weather is hot enough to allow for it, then close down when autumn arrives and remain so for the duration of the winter season. Many nightclubs operate two versions to accommodate the changing seasons as well, with one catering to the summer and the other for the winter. Tourists fill up the clubs in the beach towns in the summer months. Rimini and Riccione on the eastern coast particularly come to mind. Across the country in Tuscany, Forte de’Marmi also has an excellent reputation for nighttime fun and activity. Any city and town that has a close proximity to the sea comes alive in the summer. Milan There are tons of nightclubs in Milan that can be confidently counted as the best in […]

Video: The Sights of Venice, Italy

Sights of Venice, Italy The small but renowned city of Venice is known by many names, including La Serenissima, or “The Most Serene,” as homage to the fact that stone palaces seemed to be dreamily floating on water. Meanwhile, to the locals, it is “Venezia”, while to many others still, it is the City of Water, the City of Bridges, or the City of Gondole because of its numerous canals, the bridges that span them, and the world-famous gondolas that ferry people over the city’s waters. Others still, call it the City of Lights as the streets and buildings light up after sunset, and many lovers all over the world know it as The World’s Most Romantic City. For those who are still wondering if they should visit this lovely city or not, we’ve put together a short video for you show you the beautiful sights of Venice in Italy. […]

Five Important Tips When Visiting Venice

Five Important Tips When Visiting Venice The city of Venice in Italy is one of the most popular and most-visited destinations on the planet, mainly thanks to its colorful history and culture, as well as its absolutely romantic atmosphere. In fact, it’s one of the top honeymoon spots in the world, and it isn’t uncommon for people to propose to their loved ones AND get married in this beautiful city, either. However, as with almost all hot tourist spots, there are certain things to watch out for that every visitor needs to be aware about. So, to help you make your Venetian vacation as smooth as possible, here are  five important tips when visiting Venice. Take into account the needs of your party An important point to consider when heading to Venice would be that the city is mostly composed of sidewalks and the many bridges that span its crisscrossing […]

Visiting Venice in Style: Can’t miss Spots and Attractions

Venice is located on the marshy Venetian Lagoon and is made up of 118 small islands separated by a maze of canals and linked by more than 400 bridges. You probably know about some of Venice’s most historic sites like the dazzling Italo-Byzantine style Basilica de San Marco and the nearby Doges Palace.However, there’s so much more to this unique locale than those two landmarks. Here’s a quick guide on visiting Venice in style and it’s easier than you can ever imagine! You’ll surely have a grand time exploring the City of Canals. Favorite Churches Located right on the Grand Canal in the Dosoduro section of town, the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute rises up as a testament to the end of a terrible plague in the early 1600s.Known by the Venetians as simply Salute, this baroque-style church holds works by Titian and Tintoretto. In contrast to the extravagant styles […]

Things to do in Venice

There is always something happening in Venice.  Here are some of Tour Italy Now’s picks for the best things to do in Venice right now. Biennale  On June 1, Venice became the “it” spot for contemporary art with the opening of the 55th Biennale. The theme for this Biennale is The Encyclopedic Palace. Led this year by the 39 year old Massimiliano Gioni, the 188 year old festival is expected to be receive over half a million visitors during the five months that it runs.  For the very first time the Holy See representing the Vatican will be one of the 88 national participants.  There are 150 artists represented and 47 associated events. The  55th edition of the Biennale runs until November 24. The Festa del Redentore This spectacular event has religious roots and dates back to the late 1500‘s.  It is celebrated On the weekend of July 20-21.  It […]

How to Tour Venice

Inspired by the recent list of do’s and don’ts for tourists, compiled by the city of Venice, we here at Tour Italy Now have come up with a few insider tips of our own for how to tour Venice. “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go” Truman Capote With almost 20 million visitors a year, the watery city of Venice is one Italy’s most popular destinations. Venice can be confusing and crowded and even a little overwhelming. With our advice, you can make the most out of your visit to Venice. The city is known as La Serenissima, meaning The Most Serene Republic of Venice, recalling a time when Venice was a powerful, independent, city state. Sestieri: Venice is divided into six neighborhood districts called sestieri.. Each one has a different feel and flavor. San Marco is where most of the famous tourist sites […]

The Venice Biennale: What It Is, Why We Like It

The Venice Biennale, is an international contemporary art festival that is held every other, odd numbered, year in Venice. The first event was held in 1895 and was founded to “stimulate a new contemporary art market”. It is now one of the biggest, most anticipated, dates in the art world. The 55th Biennale will be from June 1 until November 24, 2013 when the spotlight will shine on Venice and it’s many venues scattered throughout the watery city. Massimillio Gioni is the curator. There are eight Countries participating for the first time this year : Bahamas, Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of Kosovo, Kuwait, Maldives, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria, Paraguay. There are 33 Countries with National Pavilions from Argentina to Venezuela. Various prizes are awarded to individual artists and national participants. There are dozens more official and unofficial events held throughout the city. The theme chosen for the 2013 Biennale is […]

Beautiful Venice, 40 Photographs

Photos of beautiful Venice are on the menu for today! So far Venice is topping the list of favorite Italy travel destinations on the Tour Italy Now Facebook poll. No doubt Venice is one of the most magical and romantic places in the world. (We love that the airport is called Marco Polo International Airport!) I have a friend who went on her honeymoon there. And another who’s been several times, including to the Carnival! And another who … well, you get the idea. I went years ago when I was on an Italy tour with high school students. I can’t wait to get back … Here are 40 photographs of Venice that will let your imagination take you there. To celebrate Venice, here are 40 stunning Venice Italy photos, curated by designer Evan Varsamis, to behold: 40 Stunning Venice Italy Photos. Yours in celebrating beautiful Venice, Barbara Fellini