Visit Venice to study the age-old craft of making mosaics – taught by at the family-run foundry that has been producing smalti and gold leaf mosaics for the world’s most beautiful churches since 1888.
Guidebook listings might lead you to
believe that there’s nothing to do on a
in Italy. It’s true that many
museums–particularly the national museums
run by the state–close every Monday, but
privately run museums provide ample alternatives
for Italian art lovers.
“When we paddle around Venice, we’re away and separate from the crowd on land. They don’t matter to us, and we’re just another weird thing to photograph,” says René Seindal, co-founder of Venice Kayak.
Our friend Nan McElroy, author of Italy, Instructions for Use (hint: makes a terrific stocking stuffer!) is lucky to live in Venice year-round but like most of us believes the holidays are a particularly special time of year in La Serenissima. There are Christmas markets, a special glass exhibition on the island of Murano, classical music concerts, celebrations in Piazza …
Traversing the waterways and bridges of Venice can sometimes seem like a challenge even when you are an able-bodied person but imagine being in a wheelchair? This interesting article in The Toronto Star explains how one woman, Washington, D.C. Judge Pat Broderick tackled the city despite her disability. She provides hope and some work arounds for anyone in her situation. …
Venice’s Hilton Molino Stucky has introduced a unique fitness program with a distinctively Venetian flavor: Gondolier Training! The first-of-its-kind Molino Stucky Gondolier Training provides an intense full body workout, as well as a rare glimpse into one of Venice’s timeless traditions. Participants are taught the basics, from the physical technique of balancing and using the oar, to etiquette and conduct …
Thinking of heading to Italy for the holidays? Here is a must have guide to holiday sights and sounds in Venice Italy – from the best Christmas markets in Venice to New Year’s concerts and much more.
A few years back, for a holiday issue of Dream of Italy, I asked Ruth Edenbaum, co-author (with Shannon Essa) of the book, Chow! Venice: Savoring the Food and Wine of La Serenissima, for tips on spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Venice as she has spent a handful of holiday seasons in the city. Below are a …
New York’s Times Square isn’t the only square that knows how to throw a New Year’s Eve party. Italy’s city squares offer less flashy alternatives to the raucous New York crowds.
The co-author of Chow! Venice: Savoring the Food and Wine of La Serenissima shares her tips from four Christmas/New Year’s holidays spent in Venice.