While most visitors to Venice have likely not heard of the Church of San Zaccaria, this former monastic complex is considered one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the city.  Dating from the 15th century, it is located on Campo San Zaccaria, just off the waterfront to the southeast of St. Mark’s Square. The church is dedicated to St. Zec...

The famous living nativity scene is back for another year, one of the most folkloristic in Italy: it takes place in a fascinating and beautiful setting which has been a UNESCO World heritage site since 1993 Let us discover together the living nativity scene in the Sassi di Matera, an event that has become a must.  Matera’s rocks: about them Before...

Maps depicting Renaissance Tuscany are back on display at the Uffizi Galleries in Florence after being hidden from public view for more than 20 years. The wall paintings were commissioned in the late 1500s by Ferdinando I de’ Medici after the republic of Florence’s conquering of its rival Siena led to the creation the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and dep...

Syracuse is a city and an ancient port in eastern Sicily, including the small island of Ortigia, which today represents its original nucleus, with a fascinating history. The origin of this city is due to the Greek colonists from Corinth who founded it in 734 BC. Today, its exceptionally mild climate and remarkable historical and artistic wealth mak...

Winter is an ideal time to visit Italy. Not only are there fewer tourists and shorter wait times at the museums and monuments, but there are many unique festivities and traditions only found this time of year. The Christmas festive season starts on December 8th, the date of Immaculate Conception of Mary, and celebrated till January 6th, the day of...

If you’re planning to travel in  Venice or you are already there, you have to go for a coffee to the Caffè Florian . Caffè Florian is a coffee house situated in the Procuratie Nuove of Piazza San Marco, Venice. It is considered the oldest Café in Europe as it was opened on 29th December 1720 by Floriano Francesconi as “Alla Venezia Trionfante” and...

Sometimes called the city of mosaics, Ravenna is known for its spectacular early Christian mosaics, dating from the fifth and sixth centuries, that decorate the walls of its churches and monuments. Ravenna was the western capital of the Roman Empire and of the Byzantine Empire in Europe from early fifth to the eighth centuries and the mosaic art sh...

Milan is Italy’s commanding northern city, located in the Lombardy region of the country. The cityscape of Milan testifies to centuries of art influenced culture, prominent in its rich mix of imposing architecture, dazzling cathedrals, and grand statues. Remnants of Milan’s old-world charm are sprinkled throughout the city and blend in well with th...

A short distance from Venice, of which it is part, Murano is one of the many centers of the Venetian Lagoon, and is located on seven islands – two of which are artificial – located along the Marani Canal, joined together by bridges. Murano binds its fame to the artisanal production of glass, of which it has become over the centuries one of the most...

Venice doesn’t know a true low season. The Serenissima is so unique and so famous that the desire to see it with one’s own eyes knows no seasonal limit. Each time of the year has its pros and cons, as well as different activities and events to enjoy up and down the canals. Here’s your guide to decide what time works best for your visit to Venice. N...