Tag Archives: Veneto

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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Celebrating the Festa di San Rocco in Venice, August 16th

The Catholic Church has more saints than there are days in the year. Conservative estimates suggest the number is around 900 but as there was no central record of saints until the late 1500s many have been lost in the … Continue reading

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Venice Carnival – The most beautiful mask competition

Dressing up is all part of the enjoyment of Venice carnival. But for some it’s more than just about being seen and photographed, it’s a creative challenge to produce THE most beautiful mask or costume. This year competition was fierce with … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Festa della Madonna della Salute, November 21st, Venice

It was clear from the water-bus stop that something was happening. Half of Venice was on the move, it seemed. Large extended families with giddy children on scooters gently jostled older couples holding hands. Groups of friends chatted happily as others … Continue reading

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Love is love – Venice Pride 2014

According to Article 3 of the Italian constitution “All citizens have equal social dignity and are equal before the law, without distinction of sex, race, language, religion, political opinions, personal and social conditions.” And yet to love who you love … Continue reading

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Ludovico Einaudi mesmerises in concert, Verona Arena

The dark skies over Verona Arena foretell a dramatic evening to come as Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi calmly follows his orchestra onto the stage. And even though the stormy heavens open halfway through the first ethereal track nothing could possibly … Continue reading

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La Vogalonga – a long way to row!

40 years ago, in 1974, a bunch of Venetians, who all loved rowing, decided to have a boat race around the island of Burano. They had such a good time that the idea was repeated the following year as a … Continue reading

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