For centuries, Italy was the preferred destination for poetically-minded nobles from across northern Europe. The “grand tour” was an exercise in communing with the ancient Roman world at a time when it was considered the height of culture to contemplate its romantically crumbling relics and vine-clad temples. But these “grand trippers” gave little...

Stanley Tucci is getting back to work on his hit show! The 60-year-old actor went for a gondola ride while filming season two of his CNN series Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy on Thursday afternoon (October 16) in Venice, Italy. Stanley appeared in great spirits as he took in the sights during his ride around the canals. Earlier this year, CNN r...

Venice has no equals in all of Europe. In this city floating on a lagoon, streets are canals and crossings are bridges. Everything, from churches to palaces, speaks of more than a thousand years of history in which the Pearl of the Adriatic dominated the seas and grew wealthy on commerce. On top of that, there are world-famous art exhibitions, roma...

Who is not able to picture the image of the gondolier wearing their sailor shirt and straw hat as they sing a serenade? The gondola is undoubtedly the symbol of Venice. In a city where moving around mainly happens on the water, this elegant boat fits perfectly in the narrow canals. Up to the development of motor vehicles, it was the most popular bo...

Going along the Brenta Riviera on the Burchiello is a one-of-a-kind experience: a dive into the past of noble venetians who used this boat to reach the lush summer villas in Veneto. The Venetian Burchiello  The old path of the Brenta Riviera on the Burchiello dates back to the 1700 and unfolds between opulent villas along the Brent canal, a branch...

In Veneto there is a clear distinction between the province of Verona and the rest of the region, determined not so much by culture or commercial needs as by the historical distribution of different grapes, which led the eastern provinces to embrace international cultivars, while Verona has remained bound up with its traditional varieties, both whi...

 The Italian glassblowers of Murano have survived plagues and pandemics. They transitioned to highly prized artistic creations to outrun low-priced competition from Asia. But surging energy prices are shattering their economic model. The dozens of furnaces that remain on the lagoon island where Venetian rulers transferred glassblowing 700 years ago...

Once the playground for the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Sophia Loren, Cortina has retained its glamour and is now attracting discerning skiers looking to combine breathtaking scenery and Olympic ski runs with luxury hotel stays and a delectable local food scene. One of the best things about skiing in Italy is undoubtedly the food. Whether it’s an...

As far as Italian wine culture goes, the wines from the Veneto are significant as the region is among Italy's most important when it comes to wine – both for quality and quantity. The northeast region plays host to two of the world's most famous and sought-after denominations among several other lesser-known rarities.  Let's start with Prosecco Sup...

Visiting Venice right now is the opportunity of a lifetime. The city, which invented quarantine -- quaranta giorni, or "40 days," referred to the wait-time for disembarking travelers from distant lands during the Great Plague -- would not have been on my list at any other time. The throngs of humanity -- pre-Covid -- had just about destroyed the ex...