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Babbo Natale invades Venice!

If you’ve ever been in Venice on the last weekend before Christmas you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’ve had one too many mulled wines as you’ll start to see double. Or maybe triple. In fact you’ll be seeing Santa … 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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Venice Carnival – Water Parade

Day 2 of Venice Carnival started with aqua alta, high water, and flooding in some parts of the city including the Rialto, St Mark’s and Cannareggio. Not ideal for spectators. But fortunately it didn’t subdue this morning’s celebrations as they were … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Twinkle, twinkle, little star

As visual creatures, we’ve been attracted to light for thousands of years. From the first fires to the summer sunshine, from ceremonial candlelight to the dazzle of diamonds, we love light. So for this week’s photo challenge I decided to … Continue reading

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World Toilet Day – Spending a penny in Italy

More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet. Shocking isn’t it? So as the 19th November is UN World Toilet Day, I thought I’d take a pee(k) at the loos in Italy and see how flush … Continue reading

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Venetians unite for National Cleaning Day removing graffiti, lovelocks and litter

Venetians are a proud lot. Proud of their city, their history and their centuries-old traditions. And rightly so. Venice is beautiful and deserves to be loved and looked after. So while The Clooneys were (probably) having a lie-in after their celebrity … Continue reading

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Freaky summer weather in Italy

First came the summer rain that washed out countless family holidays, outdoor concerts and cost the tourism industry millions of Euros of lost business. Then came the thunderstorms that sank a dozen boats in the Venetian lagoon. And drenched over 5,000 … Continue reading

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