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Predicting the weather Venetian style on the Festa della Madonna della Candelora

Italy is a country of countries. That is to say it’s a country made up of lots of cities and regions that used to be republics or kingdoms before they united as one in 1861. So apart from speaking the … Continue reading

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Acqua Bassa – low tide in Venice

Venice is a city that never ceases to surprise. Whether it’s finding a quiet, courtyard off the beaten track, witnessing a little-known festival or learning more about her long, complex history, Venice has plenty to offer. But this week she … Continue reading

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Piazza San Marco, Venice – the drawing room of Europe

Every so often, amongst the usual tourist chatter and polite requests for directions, I overhear a gem. A snippet of a conversation, a tidbit that makes me giggle. Or sometimes groan. Let me give you an example. One sultry afternoon, … Continue reading

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Seven books that conjure up the heart and soul of Venice

According to Saint Augustine “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” But sometimes it’s not possible to travel physically. There is a solution, however. The quickest, cheapest and easiest way to fire … Continue reading

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Acqua Alta – Paddling in Venice!

The sea is a fickle mistress. Built on marshland within a salt-water lagoon off the Adriatic, Venice owes her fortune to the sea. At her birth, at 12pm on 25th March 421 AD (according to legend), the lagoon protected Venice … Continue reading

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