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Category Archives: Venice

Visiting Venice in Style: Hot Spots & 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 […]

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 canals. There are no roads, so […]

The Many Flavors of the Carnevale in Italy: Regional Versions

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 the official date of the Carnevale. In the […]

A Taste of Veneto: Delicacies You Have to Try in Veneto

Getting a taste of Veneto can be a surreal experience. Veneto is the home of many local produce and delicacies that lend the region its unique identity. The variety of foodstuff here gives visitors many reasons to try out the regional dishes, some of which can only be found here. Much of this variety is thanks to the contrasting landscape that can be found here. From the snowy peaks of the Dolomites to the shores of the Adriatic Sea, different types of produce and dishes have been cultivated and created throughout the centuries. It’s no wonder why people regard Veneto as a gastronomic haven. If you’re wondering just what kind of tasty treats can be found here, continue reading our list below. Cheeses The Veneto region is well known for its assortment of specialty cheeses. The demand for such cheeses is so high across Europe that people flock from all […]

Exploring Venice by Bike

There is no better bucket list item then exploring Venice by bike. Modern Italy has always had a strong bicycling culture attached to its people. With so many bike trails laid out across the country, it’s hard to imagine a time when Italians didn’t rely on this eco-friendly mode of transportation to get around. And it’s no small wonder why people prefer to bike in Italy; with so many scenic bike routes, it is an absolute pleasure for many to travel along these paths while taking in the view. Venice, while known more for its bridges, canals and gondolas, is actually a hidden sanctuary for bikers looking for a new experience outside the typical bike routes. The countryside surrounding the islands makes for an easily accessible trail that is both easy going and peaceful. In particular, the islands of Lido and Pellestrina are ideal places that many bikers visit to […]

How to Buy a Great Venetian Mask in Italy!

I’m Josh, founder of VIVO Masks. We specialize in beautiful, handcrafted masquerade masks made in Italy, and want to discuss how to buy a venetian mask in Italy. I’m here because many people may wonder what the difference is between an authentic venetian mask versus an imitation mask that you can find at most local party stores in the months leading up to Halloween and Mardi Gras. Here’s what to look for to help you distinguish between imitation and authentic masks, whether you’re shopping at home or are lucky enough to get to go to Italy! Uniqueness – Imitation masks are made in factories hundreds at a time. One mask will look exactly the same as the next. The workers who create these masks often times have little to no knowledge of the history of venetian masks and therefore is very unlikely to look like a real venetian mask. Authentic […]

Vogalonga Regatta: Non-Competitive Racing in Venice

The City of Bridges is known for the many waterways and canals that run through its urban landscape. It’s no wonder that Venice makes for the perfect venue to hold the annual rowing regatta, the Vogalonga Regatta. This non-competitive event brings together both professional and amateur rowers every year to enjoy the spirit of historical boat racing. The regatta attracts a number of participants who are all rowing enthusiasts at heart. It isn’t uncommon to see the canals flooded in a sea of boats, turning Venice into a place where everyone involved can share their love of this unique sporting event. Thousands of participants and spectators, consisting of locals and people around the world, take part in this friendly race. History Vogalonga takes its origins from a group of friends back in 1974 who organized a friendly race in the island of Burano. They envisioned a type of non-competitive race […]

Lesser Known Places in Venice Worth Visiting

With the hustle and bustle of Carnival still fresh in the air, the city is still alive with the left over energy from this festive event. There are many interesting sights to see beyond the main thoroughfares like St. Mark’s Square. In fact, there a whole side of Venice that not many people know of, one that is appreciated by those looking to enjoy a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere. Those who like walking off the beaten path will surely want to check out the following places that are often overlooked by many tourists. Museo Querini Stampalia – Located in Castello, this museum houses some of the most impressive pieces of artwork, including one of the best collections of paintings in Venice. Works made by famous artists like Giovanni Bellini’s Presentation in the Temple can also be found here. The museum itself is lavishly decorated by 17th century frescoes, stuccoes […]

Types of Traditional Venetian Carnival Masks and Costumes

Carnevale is a truly grand celebration, especially in Venice. With lavish decorations and colorful costumes, people fill the event with a vibrant energy that adds to its festivity. One of the most iconic symbols of the Venetian carnival is the mask. Originally used as a status symbol in the 17th century, it has many different meanings and functions during the event, with each type of mask having its own distinct look and symbolism. Bauta One of the more popular traditional masks of the Venetian carnival, the Bauta features a white mask made of fine white cloth. It has a square-ish design that gives it a wide chin and normally lacks a mouth. Its particular shape still allows the wearer to eat or drink without having to remove the mask. It is usually worn with a black tricorn hat, a veil and a mantle that is worn over the shoulders to […]

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! So for those who want to experience the Carnival for themselves, here’s a quick starter guide to help you understand and appreciate the celebrations, right before you head out to pick your mask and costume! Quick Facts Many people probably wouldn’t associate Italy’s famous Carnevale with the winter holidays, but the truth is that it is actually one of the major events that are held during the […]

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