Venice’s Wetlands: Mosaics, Fish & Colors
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    A lagoon’s drop in a glass bubble. Paolo Andrich, one of the ten inhabitants of the island of Torcello, holds it with care. The artwork was design by his uncle, Lucio Andrich, and Paolo, a urban planner and … Read More

Venice, Fish & Bike
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  Biking in Venice is forbidden. Yet, there are two islands in its lagoon where you can bike around. One is Sant’Erasmo. Sant’Erasmo is pure countryside, sea and land in one, a vaste of fields and vineyards, few scattered houses, … Read More

Murano, Glass & More
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Flames of glass and an oversized glass snowflake surprise the visitors who land on Murano. Forget the crowds that daily put St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and other landmarks under siege and immediately visit the famous Glass Museum hosted … Read More

Veniceness & Uniqueness
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With this post I wish to thank Guido Moltedo for “painting” Venice and the Venetians so well. The only point I may disagree upon is when he writes about the city being dirty. Actually, now it is not. It’s not … Read More

My Alternative Italy
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  My Alternative Italy is a section where I’m going to post information and descriptions of unconventional italian destinations that I love. In tune with the spirit of this website it will show you little and big towns of Italy … Read More

What is ‘Chorus’
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  ‘Chorus’ (www.chorusvenezia.org) is a network of 17 churches. It was designed to create a virtuous self-financing system to allow the opening, maintenance, safekeeping of historical churches on the basis of the following criteria: 1. The involvement of the visitors in the project … Read More

Acqua Alta, High Water
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One of the facts that usually alarm and upset visitors: our frequent ”acqua alta”. You do not need to worry much, they are only temporary.          

Venice’s Map
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Venice’s map: A fish or two shaking hands? How many pieces in this jigsaw puzzle? For you,  map and instructions.  

Keep it Alternative
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Keep it alternative! Avoid tourist hotspots such as St Mark’s Basilica or Piazza San Marco, the city’s main square, and explore the lesser known districts with Alternative Venice tours. ‘The Island of Vignole is referred to by Venetians as our summer resort … Read More

The Pros of Hiring a Guide
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Private tour guide can be a business traveler’s best friend writes Jill Becker, special to CNN. Here are some excerpts from his article about the pros of hiring a private guide. ‘Leisure travelers such as myself aren’t the only ones … Read More

Venice, Tap Water is Drinkable!
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  In Venice there are over 100 drinking fountains with good, safe, free water. Please re-use your bottle (or buy a re-usable one), take it with you and fill it up.

Venice, A La Carte
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      “A La Carte” is a de luxe german travel magazine published by Klocke Verlag. Martina and Thomas Klocke have a special love for Venice and came to Venice to experience its charme and secret soul. The nicest … Read More

Casanova’s Venice
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  (…) Born to actors in 1725, Casanova railed against his lowly roots. “To be an actor in the 18th century was little better than being a prostitute,” explained my guide, Rita Sartori, as we reached the spot where it … Read More

Venice is great for kids
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  Suzanne Moore, in The Guardian, writes extensively about her Venice experience. In her article one can read: (…) Later we met Rita Sartori, a lovely woman who was to take us on a ghost walk. There are all sorts of … Read More

Dragons, Lions, Princesses & The Great Wall
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      There are places in Venice that are beyond any immagination, There’s a walled city within the perimeter of Venice. Its walls are so tall you can’t figure out what you may find on the other side. Big, … Read More

Venice: Masks, Myths and Patrons of Arts
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  Carnival in Venice! Time to wear masks and disguisements, as in the 18th-century Venice! Rita Sartori co-starring in “Hallo Deutschland!” on 1st September 2014, a TV Programme by ZDF (German TV) “Venedig: Masken, Mythen und Maezene” (see from 24:28 … Read More

“Scuole”: The Hidden Treasures of Venice
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                    Learn the history of Venice from a “bottom-up” perspective. Away from the rooms of the power (the Doge’s Palace, the Church and the square of St Mark ) one can … Read More

Titian & Tintoretto: The Power of Images
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  Tintoretto worked in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco for over 20 years. He staged the Passion of Jesus like no one before him. The powerul paintings by this extraordinary visionary artist will surprise you immensely. Titian, Tintoretto’s older … Read More

Venice, the Six Districts
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  Venice has been divided into six districts (sestieri) ever since the Middle Ages. Each one of them boasts famous sites and artworks. The borders of the sestieri intermingle at several points and do not appear sharply indicated in any map. … Read More

Venice, History & Mystery
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  A magical mystery tour especially designed to bring to life stories and facts that made the history of Venice, making you wander through the maze of winding alleyways, bridges and canals, revealing the “behind the scenes” of a city … Read More

The Los Angeles Times’ Readers Recommend Rita Sartori
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‘We recently toured Venice with Rita Sartori, a fabulous private native guide. She related history in story-like form, showing us “her” city. We covered the top sights as well as other unique sites with no waiting in line. It was … Read More

The lagoon of Venice
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The lagoon of Venice is a universe of islands and islanders. Itineraries tailored to your time and budget, aboard exclusive private launches or vaporetti. North off Venice: Torcello, Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo; San Francesco del Deserto, Sant’Erasmo, Vignole, Certosa; San Michele. … Read More

Das Venedig von Commissario Brunetti
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  In den Verfilmungen von Donna Leons Krimis spielt das wenigbekannte Venedig die Hauptrolle. Das Venedig von Commissario Brunetti entspricht genau das 95% der Stadt, wo die Gassen ruhig sind und die Lebensqualitaet am besten. Es kann auch sein, dass man … Read More