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Venice’s Jewish Ghetto Was Sadly First in World
Published on Saturday, April 7, 2012 by On April 10th of 1516, the first Jewish ghetto in the world was established in Venice Italy. The government officially confined the city’s Jews to this one small area of the city, in the Cannaregio district. The gates of the ghetto were closed upon nightfall and Jews were banned from leaving. During the day, they were required to identify themselves: the men had a c...
Venice Carnevale: An Italian Celebration
Published on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by An alluring festival that pulls in thousands of spectators; a tradition that casts its spell on whoever crosses its path; a gala that celebrates the spirit of humans is none other than the Venice Carnival. Escape from the mundane everyday life and get drowned in the fantasy of this amazing festival! Women sashaying in exquisite gowns and men clad in clever disguise...
Make your Travel Around Venice Cheaper Using a ‘Vaporetto’
Published on Saturday, February 4, 2012 by Have you ever traveled in water buses that give you a light floating feel? If no, then you are missing out something big in life! When you’re in Venice, you have no good reason to miss a ride on the Venice Vaporetto! The least expensive mode of travel in Venice, a vaporetto or water bus is a flat decked boat that takes its passengers for sail along the Grand Canal. ...
Noteworthy Art and Museum Exhibits to See in Italy in 2012
Published on Friday, February 3, 2012 by If you're traveling to Italy in 2012, you don't want to miss the following special museum exhibitions in Rome, Florence and Venice: Rome:  Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed  is the must-see exhibition in Rome this year. Over 100 original documents -- spanning 400 years of Papal history -- will leave the confines of Vatican City for the first tim...
Gondolas in Venice – You Just Can’t Miss Them
Published on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by Venice - an ancient and beautiful city is a popular Italian tourist destination for people from all over the world. Each visit to the city will give you a fresh experience. For instance, the Venice gondola ride will reveal new facets of  Venice each time you take a ride. The beauty of Venice rests in its palaces, churches and museums. The churches in Venice not...
Venice’s Bridge of Sighs Has Been Restored
Published on Sunday, December 4, 2011 by After three years of restoration work, during which time it was covered in advertising billboards, Venice's Bridge of Sighs has been finished and is now visible again to travelers visiting Venice.  The bridge connects the Doge's Palace to a building that was once a prison. The bridge got its name because it was said that prisoners crossing the bridge and catchin...
Italy Hosts Several International Film Festivals
Published on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by Italy is always a hot favorite among tourists! This exotic place is frequented, especially for its unique culture, tradition, and gastronomical treats. Are you done exploring all of these facets and still have the thirst to discover more? No worries! Attend dozens of film festivals in Italy starting from early September through late December. Let’s take a look at so...
Rome and Positano Featured in Popular Movies
Published on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 by Of course, animated movies capture the interest of wider audiences, but nothing is as great as films that portray real life locations. The more the interesting places shown in the movie, the more we get to like them. Italy is one such country that has gained worldwide fame through countless movies. Let’s see some of the popular ones that featured famous Italian citi...
Don’t Miss the Secret Itineraries Tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice
Published on Sunday, July 31, 2011 by Once the seat of the government of the Venetian Republic, the palace of justice, and the residence of the Doge (the head of republic), the Palazzo Ducale or Doge's Palace is an incredible piece of history in Venice. The building is decorated with works by numerous Italian masters, including one wall entirely taken up by Jacopo Tintoretto's Paradiso. From the main bu...
City Cards Can Help You Save When Visiting Italian Cities
Published on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 by Who wouldn't like to save a few dollars -- or euros -- while visiting Italian cities? Special city cards for tourists, which usually include discounts on public transportation and museum admissions, can be worth using when you are visiting Italy. For example, the Roma Pass which is valid for three days at the cost of 25€ gives you free admission to your first two...