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Il Galateo – a 16th century Italian guidebook for good behaviour

Guidebooks for Italy often advise visitors on the do’s and don’ts of good behaviour in the bel paese or beautiful country. Do give up your seat for seniors. Don’t wear mini-skirts in church. Do open the door for ladies. Don’t get drunk. But … 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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