Category Archives: Culture

2015 in photos and a big thank you!

Italy is a beautiful country, we all know that, so to close the year I thought I’d offer you my favourite photos from the last 365 days as a little reminder of some of the wonderful places we’ve visited together … Continue reading

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Learning Italian in Venice is easy!

Ever thought of learning Italian? You’re in good company! Over 200,000 people around the world take it up every year making it the fourth most studied language. And not only do language skills help when travelling, they can also improve … Continue reading

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Free entry to Italian state museums on first Sunday of every month!

We all like a freebie, right? Well how about free tickets to over 300 Italian state museums, gardens, monuments and archeological sites? Interested? Thought you might be!! Read on……. Domenica al Museo free tickets The government initiative called Domenica al … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Intricate Burano Lace

Burano, a pastel-painted island in the Venetian lagoon, prides itself on being the oldest centre of needle lace making in the world. Using an embroidered technique the first lace dates back to the 1500s when production took place in houses … Continue reading

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The legend of the rosebud of St Mark’s, Venice – April 25th

La leggenda del bòcolo di San Marco, or the legend of the rosebud of St Mark’s, is a little known Venetian tradition that sees men giving their beloveds a red rosebud as a sign of their true love on April 25th. … Continue reading

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Beware Friday the 17th!

We all have our superstitions. Some refuse to walk under ladders. Others wear lucky charms or even lucky pants. And Italians dislike the number 17 so much that some hotels avoid having rooms with the number. So what’s the problem? … Continue reading

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Italian 101 – How to say Happy Easter

Easter, or Pasqua, is a big deal for Italians, a very big deal. As big, if not bigger than Christmas. So as Lent, or La Quaresima, has drawn to a close, Good Friday is over and the bakeries and patisseries … Continue reading

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