Look down into the waters of the Venice canals today and there is a surprising sight – not just a clear view of the sandy bed, but shoals of tiny fish, scuttling crabs and multicoloured plant-life. “The water is blue and clear,” said Gloria Beggiato, who owns the celebrated Metropole Hotel a few steps from St Mark’s square and has a view over the V...

“Venice is in my blood,” says tour guide Nadia Danesin, the founder of Friend in Venice, her small tour company which helps clients from all over the world discover Venice in all its layers of history, in all its hidden corners, and through Nadia’s own eyes, the eyes of a Venetian.  “Now that we’re stuck at home, it’s almost as if we couldn’t see o...

The canals of Venice have become as clear as streams thanks to the absence of tourists and much-reduced traffic due to Italy's quarantine measures to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak. The bottom of the canals can be now be seen, with fish clearly visible as they weave their way through the channels of the north Italian lagoon city. The enhanced visi...

Per tutta la vita ho sognato di andare al carnevale di Venezia e lo scorso fine settimana il mio sogno finalmente si è avverato. Dopo tanta pianificazione e preparazione sono saltata sul treno, trascinandomi dietro il mio grande costume, e mi sono diretta al nord. Avendo una famiglia prevalentemente nel sud, il posto più lontano del nord Italia ch...

Una spada di 5000 anni fa, tra le più antiche armi anatoliche al mondo, è stata scoperta - per caso -  da una dottoranda dell'Università di Ca' Foscari, Vittoria Dall'Armellina, nel monastero dell'Isola di San Lazzaro degli Armeni, a Venezia. L'arma è custodita nel Museo di San Lazzaro; si tratta di una piccola spada, collocata in una vetrina insie...

The last two days of events at the Venice Carnival were canceled on Sunday due to the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy, the President of the Veneto Region Luca Zaia announced. The news came as a third person died from the virus on the peninsula as the government struggled to contain an outbreak of the illness in the north of the country, with...

Italy’s major cities count at least one world-famous piazza. From south to north:  Naples: Piazza del Plebiscito; Rome: Piazza Navona, Piazza Barberini, and Piazza di Spagna; Florence: Piazza della Signoria; Bologna: Piazza Maggiore; Genoa: Piazza de Ferrari; Turin: Piazza San Carlo; Milan: Piazza del Duomo; Padua: Piazza delle Erbe and Prato della...

Oh, Venice! Its name alone is enough to conjure images of a time gone by. But why stop there? Romantic yet stately, calm yet vibrant, there are so many sides to the city. So to do it justice, we’ve compiled this list of the best descriptions of Venice in literature that will make you fall head over heels with the Floating City (if you haven’t alrea...

The historical origins of this annual event are uncertain, or at least complex. What is certain is that we are talking about the most colorful and creative party in Italy: Carnival! We accompany you through the 10 best carnivals in Italy among masks, costumes, parades, floats, typical sweets and local traditions. Viareggio (Tuscany) A stone's throw...

Tuesday, February 25th. 7:00pm - 9:00pm. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. REGISTER NOW. Venezia is Queen of the Adriatic, La Serenissima, mercantile and maritime Republic of 1,000 years, a vast museum, a triumph of human will over Nature, once a beehive of espionage, the luxury & pleasur...