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Sgroppino: Venice Untied

Sgroppino: Venice Untied | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

The Sgroppino, a creamy-smooth, frothy alcoholic beverage, is actually more of a digestivo (digestive) or liquid dessert than an aperitivo (cocktail).

Created by the inventive and masterful Venetians back in the 16th century, the Sgropin, as it’s called in the Venetian dialect, means to untie the little knots — the ones in your stomach following a rather large meal. Further away from La Serenissima it’s called a Sgroppino, or simply Sorbetto.

Made with milk-free lemon sorbetto (sorbet) and a bit of alcohol, the Sgroppino was served in aristocratic Venetian homes during dinner to cleanse the palate between the first and second courses — normally fish to meat — and to also help digest all that was consumed at the tail-end of the dinner.


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This is refreshing Venetian cocktail that contains lemon sorbet, vodka and prosecco. Sgroppino is one of those things that will change your tastes forever :-)

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Things to do in Venice: help locals to fight love padlocks

Things to do in Venice: help locals to fight love padlocks | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

We, Venetians, have seen some really bad behaviour this summer: people sunbathing on the banks of the canals as if they were on the Venice Beach in California and not Venice the City of Art in Europe; people taking a dip in bathing suits in the canals of the city (may I remind here that there is NO sewage system in Venice, so they swam in some very-very dirty waters). There were foreign families sitting in the middle of Saint Mark’s Square and our little campi (Venice little squares) having full picnics with little camping stoves! There were disgusting human beings who decided that Venice is an open air toilet and you can practically relieve yourself in any corner of the city, even in rubbish bins in front of everyone (OK, we do not have a sewer system, but we do have toilets!!!). After all this we, Venetians, have decided to take things in our own hands and try to stop tourists treating our amazing city like trash.


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Learn Italian Hand Gestures with male models

Learn Italian Hand Gestures with male models | Venice-etc | Scoop.it
Learning Italian Hand Gestures has never been so easy, thanks to the Dolce&Gabbana male models from the FW15 fashion show. With Swide’s Ben Taylor and Alessia Gargiulo keeping them in check and Andrea Ratti’s mix of an Italian Classic, get your hands ready to express like they never have before.
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Wedding anniversary – Valerie and Stephane – 10/2013

Wedding anniversary – Valerie and Stephane – 10/2013 | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

"Man is least himself when he talks to his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth" Oscar Wilde

A mask can be used as entertainment, beauty, religion, but one of the more popular uses is for disguise. People like to use masks to hide their faces, and why not ?

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Treviso, Italy: an underrated gateway to Venice

Treviso, Italy: an underrated gateway to Venice | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

Treviso is the no-frills gateway to Venice. Every year, tourists in their thousands come streaming off the plane and on to the shuttle buses. But Treviso is not just an airport. Two miles down the road from the terminal is a historic town with a beguiling charm all its own: Renaissance squares, palaces, richly frescoed churches, streets threaded with ancient waterways.

It’s not another Venice, of course; Treviso has no Grand Canal or San Marco. It also has no camera-clicking crowds, no tourist traps, no crazy prices, no stress.

The centre of Treviso is a little walled city, with medieval gates, narrow, cobbled streets of arcaded rose-red brick and stone that twist and turn like dried-out water courses – which is what some of them originally were. Tiny canals run past handkerchief-sized gardens, glide beneath houses, appear at street corners. Gushing millstreams, some with black water-wheels that once had a commercial purpose, now turn lazily, playing a purely decorative role.

Dante described Treviso as “the place where the Sile and the Cagnan go hand in hand” – not one of his most compelling phrases, perhaps, but accurately observed: the two rivers come together to circle the town, their waters running side by side. Stand on the serene bank of the Riviera Garibaldi and you see the two streams not yet commingled: the Sile sleek and calm, alongside the Cagnan’s more turbulent flow.

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Panoram Italia - 10 of the most popular dishes in Venice

Panoram Italia - 10 of the most popular dishes in Venice | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

The mythical city of Venice – unique in location as it is in its cuisine. For a  lover of seafood there is no better place to sample a wide range of  underwater catches since Venice relies heavily on the bounty collected  from its lagoon. The Rialto Market is overflowing daily, from tiny snails  called bovoleti to razor clams called cape longhe. For those faint of  stomach, fret not. Venetian cuisine is varied and the well-known tradition  of sampling small bites over big meals will allow you to dabble rather  than commit. The following list presents 10 of the most popular and  typical dishes to be found in Venice. Evviva la cucina Veneziana!  - 


1. Cicchetti 

Nothing signals aperitivo time like cicchetti,  small snacks unique to the bars of  Venice.


2. Ombra & Spritz

Don't forget an ombra or small  glass of wine to go with your  cicchetti (the word “ombra” literally  translated means shadow/  shade). 


3. Seppia al nero

Cuttlefish in black  Seppia al nero is a classic first dish in Venice.  


4. Sarde in saor 

Marinated sardines  This is a typical first dish and definitely  the most popular in Venice.


5. Fegato alla venesiana 

Venetian liver  Known for its simplicity, Fegato alla  venesiana is enjoyed even by those  who do not typically like eating liver.  


6. Baccalà Mantecato

Mantecato cod fish  A common delicacy served throughout  Venetian cicchetti bars, baccalà is  codfish that’s boiled, skinned, and literally  beaten to a pulp. 


7. Granseola

Spider crab  Arranged delicately on your plate, pasta is served  with a light, fresh tomato sauce from the spider  crab’s shell. 


8. Folpetti consi

Boiled baby octopus  For the adventurous foodies, these  small young octopuses are boiled  typically with carrots and celery until  tender, and then seasoned lightly  with oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. 


9. Carpaccio di tonno

Tuna carpaccio  This is an excellent light lunch or first dish option. 


10. Tiramisù 

The original  recipe called for custard and  only recently has Mascarpone  cheese been substituted.


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The cuisine of Venice relies heavily on the abundant bounty of the Venetian lagoon, and the vast array of sea creatures which inhabit it. 

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Venice, Italy: Get Lost

Many tourists never get beyond Venice's one glitzy street. Saavy travelers leave the center to explore and don't worry about getting lost. The worst-case scenario—your island ends and you have to enjoy a drink on the edge of town while studying your map


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THE worst thing you can do, if lost in Venice, is to mind.

Venice is a city made for getting lost. Its streets are narrow, twisting and dark, and half of them are made of water. ...

Being lost, teaches you to concentrate on whatever is in front of your face. This may include the four white bedsheets moving, like a mother and her daughters, on a laundry line above the canal.

Getting lost in Venice usually means running into a number of dead-end streets. But no dead-end street is ever really dead. ...

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Treviso: “Little Venice” Without the Crowds

Treviso: “Little Venice” Without the Crowds | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

Treviso the  “Little Venice":
Piazza del Duomo.
Via Calmaggiore
Piazza dei Signori, main road in Roman times.
Palazzo dei Trecento
Buranelli Canal.
Treviso isn’t too touristy, we thought with hindsight. It’s a gem we can keep to ourselves. Che bella città!


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Treviso is a unique combination of landscapes, art, history, natural beauty, and good food, able to to remain in the heart of who walks through these sceneries, located a few kilometers from Venice. ...

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Motorino Man's curator insight, May 27, 2013 11:55 PM

Put this one in your bucket for the next time your vacationing in Venice. Another "little Venice" is Padua.  Lovely. When you are ready to visit Venice click http://italiantourism.us/venice-vacation-packages/

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"Belluno" because Veneto is more than just Venice and Verona

Veneto is more than just Venice and Verona. 
A few weeks ago the guys from Adorable Belluno (http://www.adorable.belluno.it) gave us an amazing opportunity to discover this exceptional city, which has somehow gone relatively under the radar. . 
Belluno is positively teeming with enough historic architecture to satisfy both die-hard enthusiasts and casual sightseers alike, while also boasting a varied terrain that can challenge the outdoor-adventure-types among us. And, this being Italy, a great selection of places to drink and eat local specialities. 
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Panoram Italia - Venice : Take 6 in la Serenissima

Panoram Italia - Venice : Take 6 in la Serenissima | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

Trying to tackle the labyrinth that is Venice can be a daunting task, especially when you only plan to have a three day stint to experience all that the city has to offer. So, if you are planning a trip to la Serenissima, here are a few tips to help guide you through the city like the locals do.

 

Walking is the best way to see Venice, especially if you go during Biennale season where stumbling upon free contemporary art exhibitions in abandoned houses, palazzi and lesser known churches is quite common. The best piece of advice anyone one can give you is to not be afraid to literally get lost. On the other hand, vaporetti (water buses) while convenient are often filled to the brim with tourists. But they can make for a good break when you are tired from ascending and descending bridges. They can also be a great way to take some excellent shots of the island itself and are a lot more affordable than Gondolas (over 80 Euros for about a ten minute ride as opposed to the 6 Euro Vap Pass that is valid for about an hour).

 

Note that Venice is made up of six sestieri, or districts, such as the boroughs of New York City or arrondissements of Paris. The word derives from the figure six, Venice having been historically cut up in six quarters in the 11th century: Cannaregio, San Polo, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro, San Marco and Castello. These sestieri are connected by an intricate network of 3000 calli (the term for street in Venetian), rio or rii in plural (small canals), 420 bridges and three official canals: Grand Canal, Cannaregio and Giudecca. Beware wanderers that only three bridges cross the Grand Canal: Scalzi, Rialto, and the Accademia.


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Valentine's Day in Venice? Take your wellies! City of romance is hit by snow, ice... and one of the highest tides in history

Valentine's Day in Venice? Take your wellies! City of romance is hit by snow, ice... and one of the highest tides in history | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

The 1m 43cm (56ins) tide was the 15th highest in the city's history, according to Italian news reports
Hotel and restaurant owners spent much of the night trying to protect their businesses from the rising waters
The high tide came after heavy snowfall which blanketed St Mark's Square and the famous gondolas
Venice is regularly hit by high tides at this time of the year and work is underway for new £4billion flood barrier

Much of Venice's historic centre was underwater overnight after the city recorded one of its highest ever tides.
The waters of the Grand Canal rose to 1m 43cm (56ins) and flooded streets, hotels, restaurants and the city's famous churches.
Italian news reports said up to 60 per cent of Venice was flooded as it was hit by its 15th highest tide since records began.


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Italy's best church art - Telegraph

Italy's best church art - Telegraph | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

Last week the archbishop of Venice, Monsignor Francesco Moraglia, caused a stir by asserting that churches should not charge entrance fees. Voices were raised in alarm because many Italian churches, including at least 16 in Venice, contain superb works of art, and issuing tickets to tourists helps fund upkeep and restoration.
But the controversy reminded me quite how many wonderful paintings, mosaics and scultpures are there are in Italian churches which you can see without paying to enter. Together they surely rank as Europe’s greatest free art gallery - much enhanced that they remain where the artists and patrons intended them to be.
Here are 20 of the best. Knowing the problems and costs of resoration, if you visit any of them, you may feel inspired to make a donation after all.

Venice - 12th-century Mosaics, St Mark’sVenice - Tintoretto: The Last Supper and The Fall of Manna, San Giorgio MaggioreVenice - Giovanni Bellini: Madonna & Child with Four Saints, San ZaccariaVenice - Titian: Annunciation and Transfiguration, San SalvadorAquileia - Floor mosaic, Basilica of Santa Maria AssuntaRome - Michelangelo, Pietà, St Peter'sRome - Caravaggio, St Matthew, San Luigi dei FrancesiRome - Mosaics, Santa PrassedeRome - Bernini, St Teresa, Santa Maria della VittoriaRome - Raphael, Sibyls, Santa Maria della PacePadua - Donatello, Sculptures, Basilica of Sant'AntonioAssisi - Giotto, Life of St Francis, Basilica of San FrancescoSpello - Pinturicchio, life of Mary and the Child Jesus, Santa Maria MaggioreCorciano - Perugino, Pala di Corciano, Santa Maria AssuntaOrvieto - Façade, Duomo, OrvietoFlorence - Pontormo, Deposition, Jacopo Santa FelicitaFlorence - Chapel of the Cardinal of Portugal, San MiniatoNaples - Pietro Cavallini, Crucifixion, San Domenico MaggioreOtranto - Mosaic floor, Pantaleone Santa Maria AnnunziataMonreale, Sicily - Mosaics, Santa Maria Nuova


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15 of the best historic cafes in Europe

15 of the best historic cafes in Europe | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

From fancy Art Deco to one of Amsterdam's oldest brown cafes here are 15 of the best historic cafes in Europe:

 

La Closerie des Lilas, Paris – best for literary historyCafé New York, Budapest – best for most beautifulCafé Central, Vienna – best for classical musicMajestic Café, Porto – best for Art NoveauCafe Chris, Amsterdam – best for interesting localsCaffe Torino, Turin – best for glamorous past- 

Turin is actually the first place in Europe where coffee fever first took hold and the Italian city is still home to a thriving cafe culture. Another café that can claim a Belle Epoque atmosphere is the attractive Caffe Torino, Turin first opened in 1903. Clustured amongst the other coffee houses on Piazza San Carlo, Caffe Torino certainly stands out with its rich velvet furnishings, expanses of wood and homely fireplaces. The café has welcomed a whole host of famous names including Ava Gardner, Alcide De Gaspari and pianist Ludovico Einaudi. Boasting a heated terrace since the 1950s, it also has a refined restaurant which adds to its charm.

 Piazza San Carlo, 204, 10121 Turin, ItalyThe Antico Caffe Greco, Rome – oldest cafe in Rome - 

Anyone who has visited Rome knows it’s filled with many excellent cafes, but the one that really stands out is The Antico Caffe Greco. It is the second oldest café in Italy, and the oldest bar and café in the whole of Rome. Since opening its doors on Via dei Condotti in 1760 it has hosted such historical figures as Stendhal, Goethe, Byron, Franz Liszt, Henrik Ibsen, Hans Christian Andersen, Keats, Wagner, David Reynolds, Felix Mendelssohn, Maria Zambrano, Levi and Casanova. More contemporary visitors include artists, politicians and writers.

Via Condotti 86 | Piazza di Spagna, Rome, ItalyUltieme Hallucinatie, Brussels – best for stained glass decorCafé Slavia, Prague – best for understatedJama Michalika, Krakow – best for quirky decorCaffe Florian, Venice – oldest cafe in Italy - 

Caffe Florian in Venice - first opened in  1720 – is considered to be the oldest café in Italy, if not the world. Famous patrons of the two room café include Goethe and the legendary  lothario Casanova. Today Caffe Florian has huge displays of diverse artwork that grace the walls, ranging from comic strips to classical oil paintings. Hosting the world-renowned La Bienniale de Venezia art festival, this café is the perfect place to indulge in some Italian culture as well as enjoying some of the finest coffee in Europe.

Piazza San Marco, 56, 30124 Venice, ItalyCafé de l’Opera, Barcelona – best for Opera fansA Brasileira, Lisbon – best for old school eleganceCafe Buchwald, Berlin – best for sweet tooth’sCafe Odeon, Zurich – best for famous past
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Russian Red - everyday, everynight

Music video for "everyday, everynight" by Russian Red. Starring Lourdes Hernández and Eloy Azorín. Produced and Directed by Diego Hurtado de Mendoza. Cinematography…
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Music video for "everyday, everynight" by Russian Red.

Produced at Palazetto Pisani, in Venice.

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Venice, Italy: St. Mark's Basilica

Among Europe's churches, the Byzantine marvel of St. Mark's stands alone. After the saint's remains were smuggled here in 828, Venice took his symbol (the winged lion) as their own. Built with pillaged materials, some describe the church's eclectic style as "Early Ransack." The outside is a riot of domes, columns, and statues; the interior is covered with mosaics, colored marbles, and oriental treasures.


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Romantic Venezia

The film was shot in Venice Italy in June 2013.
Venice is a booming city, romantic and mysterious at night. Around the city, Burano and Torcello Islands are authentic. Cuba is the best gondolier venice for a visit off the beaten track.


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The Enduring Traditions of Venice

The Enduring Traditions of Venice | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

Venetian streets are filled with historic mementos that are a  testament to its status as one of Italy’s most remarkable cities.  Each artistic wonder and long-standing tradition comes with a  story imbued with the triumph and passion that continue to  entice tourists to this maritime republic.  - 

 

Venetian masks

 

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own  person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the  truth.” – Oscar Wilde.  From the thirteenth century until 1797, the tradition  of Venetian masks reflected Wilde’s notion of  concealed identity. During this period, the Veneto  Republic upheld its reputation as one of the wealthiest  regions in Italy. Venetian masks were luxuries that  allowed citizens to choose their own identities, despite  their social standings.      

                

The Horses of St. Mark 

 

Made of gilded copper, the Horses of St. Mark, also  called the Quadriga, stand tall atop San Marco  Basilica. Acquired by the Republic of Venice in 1204  after Western European armies ransacked Constantinople,  the four life-sized horses are constant  reminders of Venice’s global connections. “To me, the  horses are both a symbol of Venice and of the violence  of history,” says Pietro Giordan, Chair of the  Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics  at York University. “Since Venice played the role of  cultural bridge between Europe and the Middle East,  the horses represent that kind of (close) otherness  that played such an important role in the construction  of Venetian culture.”        

          

And part of this culture remains within the transient  history of the Quadriga; the horses were taken to  Paris from Venice under Napoleon’s reign, and then  repatriated to Italy in 1815. From the First World War  to the next, the horses were protected in various parts  of Italy until they were permanently placed in the  museum of San Marco Basilica for conservation.  Since 1977, replicas of the Quadriga have replaced the  originals atop the Basilica. 

 

The Winged Lion of Venice 

 

The Winged Lion of Venice honours the city’s Patron  Saint, Mark the Evangelist. Legend holds that  Venetian merchants stole the body of the apostle  Mark from Egypt, and on their return home, St. Mark  himself appeared to the captain and saved the merchants  from a vicious storm. In thanks for this miraculous  rescue, the city bestowed St. Mark as Venice’s  patron saint. An alternative legend tells of an angel  who appeared in one of St. Mark’s dreams, indicating  that one day, Venice would become his resting  place. Despite contentious beliefs, the emblematic  Winged Lion is a ubiquitous reminder of St. Mark’s  role as protector of Venice.                               

Beyond the legends ass iated with religion,  there are also other societal and political motivations  for the famous statue, according to Dr. Sarah Rolfe  Prodan, Fellow at the Centre for Renaissance and  Restoration at the University of Toronto. “The lion  came to symbolize authority and the political ascendancy  of Venice’s expanding dominion over the  Italian mainland. By the fourteenth century, Venice  had grown to be a powerful maritime republic.”

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Panoram Italia - Venetian Palaces of the Grand Canal

Panoram Italia - Venetian Palaces of the Grand Canal | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

Waterfront Properties The lowdown on the most renowned Venetian palaces of the Grand Canal  

 

“A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw  before him.” This observation by British poet Arthur Symons is expressed each and  every day by thousands of newcomers whose gaze skims across the narrow waterways,  Byzantine piazzas, picture perfect bridges and arguably the most astonishing  of all: the Grand Canal and the countless “palazzi” that line either side of it.    

 


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Call for action after cruise ship scare in Venice

Call for action after cruise ship scare in Venice | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

An Italian minister called for limits on travel of cruise ships after an alleged close call of a ship passing through a Venice, Italy, lagoon.

Witnesses reported Saturday the 100,000-ton cruise chip Carnival Sunshine passed within 20 meters (65 feet) of the Riva dei Setti Martiri waterfront, near Venice's St. Mark's Square.

The incident stirred fears of the ship running aground and reminded local residents of the Costa Concordia crash, off the coast of Tuscany in 2012 that killed 32 people, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Monday.

"After the tragedy of the Concordia, there is still a safety risk tied to the passage of large ships. Especially in Venice, there is an intolerable risk percentage. The government must apply [changes] immediately," said Andrea Marcucci, head of the Senate committee on art and culture.

Carnival issued a statement denying any safety violations or deviations from protocol, and the Venice port authority said testimony from crew members of tugboats indicated the same, saying the ship never came within 70 meters (229 feet) of the bank.

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Sgroppino: Venice Untied

Sgroppino: Venice Untied | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

The Sgroppino, a creamy-smooth, frothy alcoholic beverage, is actually more of a digestivo (digestive) or liquid dessert than an aperitivo (cocktail).

Created by the inventive and masterful Venetians back in the 16th century, the Sgropin, as it’s called in the Venetian dialect, means to untie the little knots — the ones in your stomach following a rather large meal. Further away from La Serenissima it’s called a Sgroppino, or simply Sorbetto.

Made with milk-free lemon sorbetto (sorbet) and a bit of alcohol, the Sgroppino was served in aristocratic Venetian homes during dinner to cleanse the palate between the first and second courses — normally fish to meat — and to also help digest all that was consumed at the tail-end of the dinner.


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This is refreshing Venetian cocktail that contains lemon sorbet, vodka and prosecco. Sgroppino is one of those things that will change your tastes forever :-)

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Venice: wartime haven on the Grand Canal - Telegraph

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Annabel Freyberg traces the footsteps of her grandfather, who liberated Venice from the Germans in 1945.

The Kiwis were heading for the Danieli Hotel. Freyberg, whose soldiers had endured a long, tough fight at Monte Cassino followed by a gruelling march up the length of Italy, was determined to secure the very best haven for them


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How to Make a Colomba, a Traditional Italian Easter Cake

Surprise and delight your friends and family this Easter with a traditional Italian treat — colomba! "Colomba" means "dove" and is an important Catholic symb...
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Burano - Venice

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Another trip I took from Venice was to the island of Burano. Burano is situated 7 kilometers from Venice, a short 40 minute trip by vaporetto.

Once you leave the vaporetto, after a short walk you will arrive in the centre of the island to Piazza Galuppi. You will be encouraged to go in to the shops to see the lovely lace working.
Burano is very famous for its lace. However on the island there is also production of venetian masks.
Fishing is also a major industry on this island. Everywhere you look you see the little fishing boats and of course the brightly coloured houses.
In the main square you will see the elderly ladies laughing and chatting while they do their embroideries.
There are several great eateries where you can enjoy the locally caught fish. If you just feel like a snack I can recommend the gelato which you will find in the bar or you can get one of Burano’s famous sweet dishes, the Bussola or the Esse
There are many colorful houses to see in Burano. Every color of the rainbow is represented. The village is quiet and peaceful. Enjoy lunch or a drink and buy some lace from a local artist.
Almost every shop on this little island sells lace products. However, beware that there are many cheap foreign products, and the real stuff is quite expensive. In most of the shops in Burano you can tell the hand made lacework from the machine made especially if they are side by side. The only way to get around Burano is by foot. Burano is another must to visit if you have the time while staying in Venice.


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Mariage à Venise, Wedding in Venice

Venise-etc, Séjour Evènementiel et Wedding Planner. Nous sommes spécialisés dans l'organisation de mariages sur-mesure et créons des évènements uniques sur Venise et sa région. Nous intervenons également en tant qu'Event Planner pour tous vos autres évènements privés mais aussi pour les séminaires et évènements d'entreprises.

Nous sommes Français, présents sur place pour vous aider à concrétiser votre projet. Mariages civils et religieux, anniversaires de mariage, fêtes et cérémonies, lunes de miel. Faites appel à Venise-etc.

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The Top 10 Events Not to be Missed at the Venice Carnival 2013

The Top 10 Events Not to be Missed at the Venice Carnival 2013 | Venice-etc | Scoop.it

The world famous costume party returns to Venice this year, and we’ve been looking to which balls, parties and galas are not to be missed. If you’ve already bought your Bauta mask and made your Atelier appointment, check out our essential guide to the best events taking place between 1-14 February. The hardest part will be choosing which ones to go to…

 

1. Bauerleque Party at the Hotel Bauer, 1 February

 

Prince Maurice Agosti welcomes guests impersonating Casanova into the Bauer’s ballroom reception where a renaissance-style buffet awaits. Entertainment comes in the form of contortionists, acrobats, music and burlesque dancers before an evening of colourful gourmet food from citrus fruit steamed swordfish to roasted suckling pig.

 

2. The Best of Il Ballo del Doge at Palazzo Pisani Moretta, 2 February

 

The distinctive pink floral 15th Century Venetian Gothic Palazzo Pisani Moretta plays host to this year’s Il Ballo del Doge. This event is a re-enactment of the most celebrated performances of past editions and was inaugurated due to high public demand. This particular party is the ideal introduction for first-timers to get a full appreciation and flavour of the Venice Carnival.

 

3. Al Ridotto Gala Dinner and Ball at Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal, 2 February

 

The musical “Memories of Giacomo Casanova” narrated by a young actor playing the legendary lothario welcomes guests arriving into Ridotto Hall. Later in the evening Dance Masters will lead group dances in the dazzling Palazzo Dondale following cocktails and a sumptuous gala dinner.

 

4. The Serenissima Grand Ball Opera at Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, 2 February

 

An authentic 14th Century palace complete with Gothic façade, elegant quadriform windows and entirely lit by candles sets the scene for this homage to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The opera Don Giovanni follows a gala dinner before the real party starts at midnight with live music and dancing.

 

5. Tiepolo Ball at the Palazzo Pisani Moretta, 7 February

 

Step off a private gondola on the Canal Grande near the Rialto Bridge and onto the steps of the Palazzo Pisani where the magic of 18th Century Venice awaits. The Tiepolo Ball is the official ball of the carnival and one of its most celebrated events. Marvel at the interior Baroque design and enjoy cocktails in a candlelit setting with mimes and singers before a grand feast topped off with two orchestras seeing you through until the early hours.

 

6. Il Ballo del Doge: It’s All About Amore at Palazzo Pisani Moretta, 9 February

 

The theme of the 20th edition of Il Ballo del Doge is spread out on the three floors of the majestic Palazzo Pisani Moretta. Under the stewardship of Antonia “Queen of Masquerade Balls” Sautter, Romance is located on the ground floor with Passion on Secondo Piano Nobile and Eros on Primo Piano Nobile.

 

7. Mascheranda Grand Ball at Palazzo Pisani Moretta, 10 February

 

Organised by Tragicomica masks and costumes workshop, the Mascheranda balances authenticity and razzle dazzle with its great Mask Ball in the Main Saloon. Guests are welcomed with aperitifs, spoiled with a grand gala dinner and entertained with live music and performances from Comici dell’Arte.

 

8. Gran Carnival Gala at the Luna Hotel Baglioni, 9 February

 

A warm fireplace and traditional Venetian canapés await guests in the reception of Venice’s renowned Luna Hotel Baglioni. The event commences with a comic sketch and Bellini cocktails before being whisked to the lavish Marco Polo Ballroom when the carnival is brought into the modern era with DJs playing 70s’ and 80s’ tunes late into the night.

 

9. The Dogaressa Grand Ball Opera at Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, 9 February

 

The Dogaressa Grand Ball Opera plays homage to iconic Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. Following a cocktail reception, gala dinner and live music, guests will be treated to a performance of the comic opera ‘Elixer of Love’ about a love potion that it transpires is in fact a cheap bottle of wine.

 

10. The Sea’s Bride at Palazzo Ca Zen, 9 February

 

Atelier Marega presents the Great Masquerade Ball, the Sea’s Bride. International artists provide entertainment during a cocktail reception followed by a gala dinner. The event features a late night DJ and an open bar. Get a little too carried away with the party and there is a lounge zone where you can relax and take in the ambiance.

For more information on any of the events taking place during the carnival, speak to your Insignia Lifestyle Boutique assistant.

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