How to celebrate Venice Carnival like a local

How to celebrate Venice Carnival like a local

As a Venetian, I must admit that sometimes Carnival feels less like a celebration and more like the beginning of the tourist season — the end of our few days free from floods of people and complete chaos. But then it also reminds me of my childhood, when we would...

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Behind the whimsical creations of a Venice glassblower

Behind the whimsical creations of a Venice glassblower

Murano glass is one of the most precious traditions and treasure of Venice, and, just like Venetians themselves, the artisans who make these glassware masterpieces are proud, passionate artists. Simone Rossetto on the island of Murano is one of them. Along with members of his family, Simone is one of...

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In photos: Cruising the canals of Venice

In photos: Cruising the canals of Venice

Venice is the kind of place that you either absolutely love… or totally hate. The city often gets criticised for being crowded with too many tourists, but that’s because too many visitors don’t know how to escape the same old sites and find the real local side of life. That’s...

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How to make Venetian frittelle at home (and where to get them in Venice)

How to make Venetian frittelle at home (and where to get them in Venice)

The annual Venetian Carnival is known for a lot of things, like the gorgeous masks you’ll see around town and the fun parties along the Grand Canal. But for the locals of Venice, it also means something very, very important: frittelle time! Frittelle are sugary treats that are only available...

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The artisans behind the Venice Carnival masks

The artisans behind the Venice Carnival masks

Did you know that when Carnival (or Carnevale) was held during Venice’s Golden Age (about the 18th century), it was much longer than the few weeks it lasts today? Or do you know the significance of the “Plague Doctor” mask? No? Well, if you step into Giancarlo Tamburini’s shop, he’ll tell you...

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Second time’s the charm in Venice

Second time’s the charm in Venice

I’m not a romantic. I don’t get carried away by whimsy, never bought a poster of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s for my dorm room, and didn’t dream of being proposed to in Paris. I don’t think the romance languages are necessarily romantic (although I do speak them and...

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Where to find the best panettone in Venice

Where to find the best panettone in Venice

Food, as you probably know, is something Italians take very seriously — especially when it comes to Christmas desserts. So, instead of talking about birds and stuffing and seafood, let’s dig straight into the last course, where a very rich variety of Christmas cakes are good for all flavours and tastes! In Italy,...

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Living local in tourist-packed Venice

Living local in tourist-packed Venice

“Excuse me, can you tell me where is the bridge?” a tourist asked me the other day. “Of course…” I said, a little perplexed. As is often the case in Venice, you could see several bridges from where we were standing. “Do you mean Rialto?” I tried to narrow it...

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Get the party started! The best of Venice’s summer festivals

Get the party started! The best of Venice’s summer festivals

Here in Venice, we like to keep traditions alive — and what better way to do so than by celebrating and partying with friends and family! If you want to celebrate like the locals do, be sure to mark these festivals in your calendar for a summer visit to Venice....

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