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Renovated Procuratie Vecchia to Open in 2020
Published on Friday, October 13, 2017 by In 2020, for the first time in 500 years, visitors to Venice will be able to tour one of its grandest and most important buildings. The Procuratie Vecchia housed the nine governors of La Serenissima, the Most Serene Republic, in the centuries of its greatest power, from its construction in 1532 onward. Making up one side of famed St. Mark’s Square, the Procuratie...
Italian Cities Launch Respect Campaigns
Published on Monday, September 25, 2017 by With  increasing restrictions across Italian cities aimed at curbing tourists’ unruly behavior, Venice and Florence have both launched campaigns to accomplish that goal, called #EnjoyRespectVenezia and #EnjoyRespectFirenze, respectively. The message, sent through fines and increased awareness, is common sense: Respect the city, its history, its art and its resident...
Venice’s Royal Gardens To Be Restored
Published on Friday, May 5, 2017 by Next year, Venice’s Royal Gardens will receive a makeover funded by the Italian Ministry of Culture and insurance company Generali, which will each take on half of the 5€ million project cost. Once a site of “ancient splendour and significance” – according to Adele Re Rebaudengo, president of the nonprofit Venice Gardens Foundation – the gardens are no...
Venice Hit With Unusual Acqua Alta in June
Published on Sunday, June 26, 2016 by Much of Venice was  underwater last week as an out-of-season acqua alta, or high water, takes hold. The tidal flooding causes the Adriatic Sea to overflow into the streets of Venice, this time covering St. Mark’s Square and other parts of the city with one meter (3.3 feet) of water and undoubtedly creating a nuisance for tourists stuck without rain boots. During...
The Italy Mix: Venice Carnevale Edition
Published on Monday, February 9, 2015 by The Italy Mix is a weekly post about the most interesting Italy and Italy travel news and human interest stories around the Web. Here are our top picks for this week: Guide to Carnevale 2015:  Venice is the places to be through February 17th. Learn how to make the best of a visit - from where to get the best masks to how to find the best parties . (The Telegraph...
The Clooney Effect on Travel to Venice
Published on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Say “Clooney effect,” and many people will think of George himself, and go weak in the knees. But the sexy actor has had an equally strong impact on Venetian tourism. After his September nuptials with Amal Alamuddin (now proudly “Amal Clooney”), The Daily Mail reported that UK travel searches to the city known as La Serenissima went up by more than 100%. Bu...
The Italy Mix: Rowing in Venice, Rome Pizza
Published on Sunday, October 5, 2014 by The Italy Mix is a weekly post about the most interesting Italy and Italy travel news and human interest stories around the Web.  Here are our top picks for this week: Rowing in Venice: “There is no better way to connect with Venice than with an oar and discovering the original way of life that so few sustain,” says Nan McElroy.  (The New York Times) Rom...
Shopping in Italy: Where to Buy The Best Italian Products
Published on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by While seeing the relics of ancient history and indulging in mouth-watering food are certainly a few of the highlight of a visit to Italy, for many visitors shopping is one of the activities they most look forward to. After all, here’s the chance to get those wonderful Italian products we all love, right from the source and in unique designs and offerings we can...
The Italy Mix: Venice via Google, Chianti Travel Tips
Published on Friday, November 15, 2013 by The Italy Mix is a post about the most interesting Italy and Italy travel news and human interest stories around the Web each week. Here are our top picks for this week: Venice: Google Street View: How did Google captures the alleys of Venice without cars? Employees carrying backpack-mounted cameras. (The Guardian) St. Peter's Bones: For the first time in hist...
Steve’s Travel Tips: Visiting the Venice Biennale (Video)
Published on Friday, August 9, 2013 by I’m Steve Perillo of Perillo Tours. I have a video series called Steve's Travel Tips to share all the insider Italy travel tips I have learned over a lifetime of travel to Italy. In this video, I'd love to tell you about the 55th Annual Venice Biennale, the world's largest exhibit of contemporary art. taking place in Venice now through the end of November 2013. ...
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