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...

A floating Nativity scene has been installed in the waters around the island of Burano, in the northern part of the Venice lagoon, for the second year in a row. The magical spectacle, comprising 62 wooden shapes representing Nativity figures and animals, is located in an open stretch of water, without hindering boat traffic. Inaugurated on 7 Decemb...

It’s not easy to be a dog in Venice. Plots of grass or even of unpaved earth are rare, as are trees. There are few open public spaces of much size, and even the city’s one substantial park–on the island of Sant’ Elena–has a basketball and a tennis court, two small playgrounds, a scaled-down soccer field, but no dog run. Moreover, Venetian law requi...

Renowned Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's latest movie "The Hand of God" made its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on Sept. 2, 2021. The movie not only won the Grand Jury Prize but was also chosen as Italy's contender for the best international feature film at the upcoming Oscars. Sorrentino said that it was practical for...

Burano rises in four islands of the Venetian Lagoon and is part of the city of Venice, the small islands that compose it are separated by rio Pontinello, Rio Giudecca and Rio Terranova. Its fame is connected inextricably to the production of lace, an excellence that is as popular as the glass craftsmanship made in the near Murano. Founded by refuge...

Restaurants in Venice are notorious for serving average food at exorbitant prices, but there’s a way to escape that, and mingle with locals while you’re at it: cicchetti bars. Cicchetti are small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional bàcari (cicchetti bars). Common cicchetti include tiny sandwiches, plates of olives and vegetables,...

This year, La Serenissima turned 1600, and she carries her age well. According to tradition and historical sources, Venice was founded in 421 AD: it’s the Chronicon Altinate,  a chronicle dating from the 11th century, that tells us. Of course, as it is easy to imagine, it didn’t all happen in a day. Just like Rome wasn’t built in 24 hours, neither...

Is there any country on earth that wears its history as lightly as Italy? Roman ruins sit cheek by jowl with Renaissance palazzos, while modern skycrapers cast their long shadows over neoclassical cathedrals. But there are many more reasons why this is the fifth most visited country in the world – the rolling landscapes of Tuscany, the sandy beache...

Her streets may be thronged with tourists, but Venice is alive with those who live and work here — simply rise at dawn and wander through the fish markets behind the Rialto, or have a quiet coffee with the locals in a backstreet cafe before they head off to work to realise how many people live in this place of no cars. Despite once boasting an Empi...

The Bridge of Sighs is a very pleasant solution to a very grim problem. In 1600 Venice’s prisons for common criminals were being moved from the ground floor of the Doge’s Palace to a building across a narrow canal from the Palace. The question was how to get the inmates who had just had confessions wrung out of them in the torture chamber into the...