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Parking gondolas nearby Doge Palace

Venice gondolas

A gondola ride in Venice can be a romantic voyage for two. Or it can be a fun group activity shared by half a dozen. Morning, afternoon, evening or nighttime are all options. Long, short and in between rides are all possible. Along the Grand Canal or out of the way locations are available. In […]

Villa Capra in Venice

Venice villas

Venice has an array of villas that are historically interesting and beautiful to see. They make for another outstanding thing to do in a city already filled with so many.

Venice carneval

Venetian masks

You have to admit that there are certain things about Venice that makes it stand apart from the other cities around the world. Its film festivals, the gondolas, the famous glass `la murrina,’ and of course the renowned Venetian masks. You simply should not return home without purchasing a few of them.

Decorative glass paperweight millefiori

Venetian glass

Traveling to a different country and not bringing back some souvenirs is not what the normal tourist would do. Each city in the world is famous for certain things that distinguish it from the rest. Venice is famous worldwide for its Venetian glass. If you are lucky enough, you might even get an opportunity to […]

Prosecco Gold Bottle wine from Venice

Venice wines

1. Prosecco – This faintly grapey, fairly dry, very cold and fizzy Champagne’s more casual, yet quite elegant, Italian cousin gained its popularity being the base for the luscious cocktail Bellini, invented at Harry’s Bar.

Restaurant on San Marco square, Venice

Where to eat in Venice

Venice, as a prime tourist attraction, is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and nearly perfect for everyone. The sights, the sounds, the feel, even the smell of the surrounding sea all contribute to the total appeal of Venice. Except, of course, to the nagging question of many: where does one eat a […]

Venice panoramic view

Getting to Venice

Depending on your location, Venice could be reached via plane, trains and cars. Once you arrive in Italy, there are many ways in which you can reach Venice and one of the easiest—not to mention the fastest—would be via plane from the Marco Polo Airport.

San Gimignano, Tuscany

Tuscany top tourist attractions

Tuscany may be the world’s only truly organic work of art. The region and all it contains is one enormous museum, both natural and man-made. Here, as in few other places, the beauty of nature and human creation are integrated into a harmonious whole.

Tuscany wines, vineyard at Chianti

Tuscany wine tasting

Many visitors to this region of Italy are interested in only one kind of art: the art of winemaking. Or, more accurately in the tourist’s case, their interest is wine tasting. But whether for art or hedonism, the wineries around Tuscany are the place to enjoy both.

Tuscan villa, Cafaggiolo Villa Medici

Tuscany villas

The Bed and Breakfast scene in Tuscany is booming. For good reason, since it offers something considerably different from its counterparts in other countries. Here, one can stay in a huge castle over 1,000 years old, or a tiny villa a ‘mere’ 100 years of age. Add in the surrounding countryside with its million and […]

Grand Canal in Venice

Venice vacation guide

Venice isn’t just romantic. It isn’t just filled with art treasures. It doesn’t merely host an array of the finest architecture, villas and palaces. It is all this and more. Much, much more. St. Mark’s Basilica is just one example among so many. This church is the rival of St. Peter’s in Rome. Not as […]