Category Archives: Veneto

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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Weekly Photo Challenge – Gondolas afloat in Venice

Flat-bottomed gondolas have been gliding round Venice’s water-ways for centuries. The first written reference dates back to 1094 whilst artists such as Carpaccio, Bellini and Canaletto documented the styles down through the ages. Today the classic black gondola is synonymous … Continue reading

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Famous Italians : the one and only Giacomo Casanova

The name Giacomo Casanova conjures up scenes of debauchery, womanizing and sex. And down through the ages numerous books and films have tried to capture the legendary seducer’s persona. So as we celebrate the adventurer’s 290th birthday let’s take a quick … Continue reading

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Venice Ghetto, 500 years old

The Italian language has given us many words. Pizza, pasta, primadonna, opera, ballerina, soprano; the list goes on and on! But did you know the Italians also gave us the word ghetto, meaning enclave or inner-city slum? In fact the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Venice, Happy New Year Florence – 25th March

Although no records exist documenting the actual founding of the beautiful city of Venice, tradition pinpoints the moment to exactly 12 noon on March 25th, 421 AD. Or to put it another way, the moment that the first church of … Continue reading

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The birth of Italy, 17th March 1861

Italy has a history that stretches back thousands of years and includes the Etruscans of Tuscany, the ancient Roman empire and Charles the Great (Charlemagne), otherwise known as the “Father of Europe”. Many of its 61 million population are descendants … Continue reading

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Italian fashion for designer dogs!

Venetians love their dogs, that’s plain to see. They dote on them like another child, carrying them around and taking them everywhere including into bars, shops and even restaurants. And why not, they’re a great conversation starter and who doesn’t … Continue reading

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