In its one thousand years of history, Venice was one of Europe's greatest commercial and naval powers. Between the 16th and 17th centuries, the Serenissima built innovative defense works within its territory to defend it from the incursions of other European powers to the north-west and to protect its trade routes and Adriatic ports from attacks fr...

Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Venice. In summer, temperatures can reach 35 degrees Celsius, while in winter it is mild as it rarely goes below zero and snowfalls are rare. During the day, Venice welcomes crowds of tourists, showing them its unique architecture, historical monuments, and magical views of the Grand Canal. The city i...

Carnevale is one of the most colorful celebrations in the world. In Italy, we are serious about it. In the end, this is where it was born. We are all familiar with the Carnevale of Venice and that of Viareggio, as well as famous international renditions such as the Carnival in New Orleans, that in Rio and that in Notting Hill (London).  In Italy, t...

The Getty shop justifies a colorful goblet’s $45 price tag by noting that it hails from the Venetian island of Murano, “famous for its highly prized, collectible glass.” Walmart writes that a $57.95 plum figurine embodies Murano’s “richness of color, originality, and unparalleled craftsmanship.” Stunning yet pricey, Murano glass is frequently hawke...

Bellisima Venice! which means beautiful will be an understatement for this floating city retaining its glory through Venetian Gothic architecture, winding canals and beautiful bridges, carnival celebrations, eccentric alleys with their old charm, and the charismatic gondolas creating the unmatched dreamy and romantic vibes unlike no other. The city...

Just by taking your first step outside the entrance to Santa Lucia Railway Station, the sight of the majestic green dome of the Church of San Simeon Piccolo will leave you breathless. And so it is Venice, a surprise, a wonder at every step, around every corner, whether it is the first or the thousandth time you visit it. The magical atmosphere you...

I am finally going on my first ever international trip to Europe and to say I am overjoyed is an understatement. I am a young Black traveler excited to see the world, one little corner at a time. I planned a winter excursion to Italy, knowing the difficulty of travel restrictions.  Fully equipped with a negative COVID-19 antigen test within a day o...

From Karuna Clayton’s window, she can see a gondola bobbing in a Venetian canal and a simple white stone church on one side of a small campo, or city square. Normally there would also be a steady trickle of tourists walking below, but on a January afternoon amid the pandemic’s omicron wave, the square’s empty.  For the last nine months, this has be...

What is it about Venice that makes us love her so? What makes Venice one of those cities that people love….even if they have never been there? The bridges? The glass? The canals? The gondolas? The gondoliers? The mystique? Truth be told, I didn’t like Venice the first time I was there. The crowds. The pushing. The shoving. The crowds. The flooded p...

The Italian Renaissance ushered in a new era of art and culture across Italy, lasting hundreds of years. While Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo were leading the art of the High Renaissance, another school of painting was forming in Northern Italy that was based on its own set of creative values. The Venetian School produced exquisite wo...