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Hand carved cameo jewellery in Venice : a classic art

People have been carving cameos into glass, gems, shells and stones for centuries, millennia even. The art goes back at least to the ancient Romans and Greeks with stone cameos surviving from as far back as the 3rd century BC … Continue reading

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Dream of Venice Architecture : a new book & exhibition by Riccardo de Cal

Venice is a magical city. Its streets, alleys and canals form a maze to be explored and history literally drips from the walls. Whether its womanizer Casanova’s old haunts, ceremonial buildings built for the republic’s government or simply the sites … Continue reading

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What’s On in Italy in April

Italian destinations are expected to be more popular than usual this spring. Rome is drawing thousands of extra visitors for the Pope’s special Jubilee year. The northern lakes continue to stun tourists with their Alpine scenery whilst the Adriatic coastline … 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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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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Guest Best Bits of DreamDiscoverItalia

I recently had the pleasure of a guest spot on Best Bits Worldwide, a travel blog run by a lovely friend of mine. Susan is an American living in London and travels widely, blogging about the best bits of her … Continue reading

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Celebrating Venetian New Year, 1st March

Bon Cao de Ano a tuti i me amighi Venessiani!  Happy New Year to all my Venetian friends! Yep, you read that right and no I haven’t gone mad – March 1st is New Year’s Day for in Venice. And in … Continue reading

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