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Monday, October 10th, 2016
Verona is the head town of the omonymous province in the region of Veneto, in the northeastern part of Italy. With its 258.917 inhabitants, it is the twelfth Italian city by population.   A beautiful collage of Verona's pictures (DanieleDF1995 at The city of Verona is an important touristic destination, visited annually by more than three million people, especially thanks to its wealth of art and architecture. The city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Dolomites - A View   The Dolomites in Italy consist of a mountain range in the northern Alps. Eighteen peaks in all, which are located at an altitude of over 3,000 meters and that cover an area of 141,903 hectares. The mountains feature one of the world's most beautiful landscapes with their vertical walls, long and deep valleys and sheer cliffs. While the Dolomites are visually stunning and internationally reknowned the area is plagued by frequent landslides, avalanches and
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
venice itineraries
  San Marco Basilica, Venice Ph.   Venice is a world of its own. We took a train from Florence to Venice and never expected the train to actually stop in Venice (how was it going to cross the body of water?). Boy, was it spectacular – pulling into the train station and thinking to myself, “the only way around this city is by boat”. It was so interesting, so unique, so other-worldly. I felt like a kid in a candy store or like I entered a world of make
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
visit venice
St. Mark's Square in Venice Ph.   Probably the most romantic city in the world, definitely unique, perhaps second only to Rome in beauty, Venice brings people back to a way of living that is forgotten in our major cities. The fact that cars are non-existent, and waterways, rather than streets, are the means of travel, are peculiar characteristics contributing to the mysticism and mystery of this city, a city  that takes visitors on an imaginary trip back in
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Venetian Lagoon   Torcello is a small island located at the northern tip of the Venetian lagoon in Italy. The island is very sparsely populated but at one point it used to be the oldest region in Venice to be continuously populated. After the Roman Empire's downfall, the locals from the mainland in Venice fled to Torcello to take shelter from the invasions. Due to the frequent Germanic invasions the locals sought permanent refuge in Torcello and it continued receiving a steady
Monday, July 25th, 2016
marostica chess game
  A view of Marostica's famous "Piazza degli Scacchi" (Ale/flickr)   Festivals and local events are the mirror of specific folklore and they always reflect the tradition and culture of a place. In Italy there are hundreds, if not thousands, of towns that want to express their local features through events. However, Marostica, in the Vicenza province, perhaps has exceeded all types of expectations. This Northern town is renowned for being the città degli scacchi, the town of
Sunday, July 24th, 2016
Museums of Venice
  Venice is conventionally considered the city of love and romanticism, the ideal destination for couples in love. However, Venice should be mostly remembered for the beauty and wealth of its artistic patrimony. Beside the presence of some of the most iconic buildings in the history of art and architecture, Venice can count on a number of amazing museums, hosting art from all ages. Here are those you cannot miss.     Galleria dell'Accademia  The Galleria dell'Accademia
Thursday, May 19th, 2016
lake garda
Lake Garda, Malcesine Ph. depositphotos/lightpoet   If you are looking for dazzling natural scenery then Lake Garda is the place for you. Deep blue waters, green forests, towering mountains, and picturesque towns--Lake Garda offers it all. Italy's largest lake is located between Milan and Venice, and is nestled between the Dolomites of Brenta to the North and rolling hills to the South. The shoreline of the lake and the lake itself are divided between the provinces of Trento,
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
Vicenza - Panorama   Vicenza is located in Northern Italy in the Veneto region. The city itself and the surrounding hills and countryside are famous for their natural beauty and especially for the beautiful villas which were made by Palladio. Andrea Palladio was a noted architect in his time and because of his contributions, the city has been listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1994.   Vicenza is quite an ancient city and it was a part of the Roman Empire
Thursday, January 21st, 2016
Prato della Valle is Padua's main square and one of the most beautiful in Veneto (Antanas Kaziliūnas/flickr)   Veneto  comprises the main portion of a larger area that is known as Triveneto, which (along with Friuli and Trentino) make up the northeast quarter of the country. To the north lie the haunting crags and shafts of the Dolomite Mountains with Veneto occupying the basins and marshy deltas of the Po and Brenta rivers. To the south lies the gastronomic paradise
Saturday, November 21st, 2015
Murano Island   Murano Island - A Glassmaker's Paradise since 1291, this tiny Venetian island has been the home of Venice's glassmaking industry. Glass production was moved to Murano Island from the main part of Venice because its production posed quite a fire hazard. (Note: The buildings in Venice were constructed mostly of wood at this period in history and the extreme heat that is required to make glass liquid so as to mold and shape it obviously caused the Venetians some
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
mel, belluno
  Paradise from the courtyard of an old house in Mel, Belluno   Mel is a small comune and town located in the Veneto region of Italy in the province of Belluno. The town is located close to the cities of Feltre, Venice and Belluno. Mel is spread over an area of 85 sq km and has a population of close to 6311; it's surrounded by countryside and the Dolomites. The town is mainly famous for its ancient castle which was used in the Roman times as a military fortification and was
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
  Asolo is a small town and commune located in northern Italy in the Veneto region; it's one of the most beautiful borghi d'Italia. The town is located in the province of Treviso and is known by several names like "The city of a Hundred Horizons" because of its beautiful location. Originally the town had been settled by the Veneti and in the early Middle Ages it was under the possession of the Ezzelino family. Asolo had been under the possession of the Republic of Venice. The
Monday, June 1st, 2015
The Adige River outlines the town centre of Verona   Verona is a city located in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Verona and one of the most important tourist destinations in the northern region because of its many annual fairs, shows, operas and its artistic heritage. The city is famous mainly as the setting for Romeo and Juliet of Shakespeare. Because of its strategic geographical location, the city has always been of a considerable
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
venice is sinking
  Piazza San Marco in Venice with the "acqua alta", the high tide. Ph. flickr/ivanneth   One of the main reasons behind the charm of Venice, is the fact that is seems to be floating upon the waters of the lagoon. However the dark truth is that the city is actually sinking and has been for centuries. Venice has always lived on borrowed time, it is a city that should not exist - a whimsical maze of heavy marble palazzi and churches built upon ancient wooden piling sunk into a
Sunday, January 25th, 2015
  Malcesine, on the shore of Lake Garda Ph. depositphotos/Krasnevsky   Malcesine is a small town located in the province of Verona, in Italy's Veneto region. The town is located quite close to the cities of Verona and Venice. The town, which attracts lots of tourists, is located on the shore of Lake Garda. With the growing importance of agritourism, Malcesine has seen a rise in the number of tourists coming to the town to enjoy its natural beauty and its
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
  Colored walls in Burano Ph. wikimedia   Burano is a small island in the Venetian lagoon, in Italy. In fact, Burano is a series of several different islands all linked with bridges. It is located just 7 Km from Venice and can be reached by boat or ferry. The trip takes about 40 minutes. The island is mainly famous for its lace work and there are several shops here where beautiful lace cloths can be bought. In the 16th century, the island
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
inimitable Venice
  The charm and mystery of Venice always attracted the attention of many visitors. Enchanted by its beauty, most of them hope to visit unique Venice again. Distance can be an issue, but for some citizens of the world, things are easier than for others, because they may live near one of Venice's "sisters in beauty," cities that, because of their conformation, location and characteristics can be reminiscent of La Serenissima.  Others are less lucky and may be stuck near one of the many crass,
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
venice lagoon
  Venice is, today,  one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. It is a city for lovers who long to ride together in gondolas, and is the place where art and architecture aficionados come to see buildings designed by great artists like Giorgione, Tintoretto and Veronese. In the past, however, Venice was seen, more than anything else,  as one of the world's greatest naval powers. Established in the 5th century, the city of Venice extends over
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
botanical garden padova
  Padova - Botanical Garden Central Fountain Ph. Semolo75 on Wikimedia   The Botanical Garden or Orto Botanico of Padua is a masterpiece of academic gardening and a site that shouldn't be missed by those who love natural beauty; it has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997. Originally created in 1545 on a property that belonged to the monks of St. Justine, the botanical garden is known to be the oldest in the world still at its original site (the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
gondola venice
Ph.   It almost doesn't make sense, in a city suffused with rich color at every corner - purple, yellow, red, orange flowers cascading over balconies and iron railings, marble pillars of pink, blue-gray, white, and the green-black shadows on crystal green canals - that the very icon that epitomizes Venice in the minds of people world-wide would be black.   Have they been black forever? If so, why? And if not, what happened? By all
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Motorcycle Dolomite Tour It was a beautiful clear day, with a deep "azzuro" blue Italian sky. Only a few patches of snow hung on the high Dolomites. Cumulus clouds drifted in the wind as if they were out to see if all is well out there. So in a split second we decided, "Let's go!" We got dressed and off we went. We decided to take our motorbike into the high Dolomites. We checked the map and headed out to Longarone, then on to Pieve di Cadore. This part of the SS 51 way is not very exciting
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Rovigo, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II Rovigo is a town in the Veneto region of northwestern Italy. The town is located on a low level ground, quite close to Venice. The town has had a long history; it was first mentioned in an old manuscript from 838 and had been the temporary residence of the Bishop of Adria in 920 when his town had been quite ruthlessly damaged. He was the one who built the fortifications here in town, and later additions were made to it including some towers which are still
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Walls in Montagnana, Padova Ph. depositphotos/clodio   Montagnana is a comune and town located in the Veneto region of Northern Italy and is situated in the province of Padova. The town is located close to the cities of Venice, Padova and Mantova. Montagnana is spread over an area of 45 sq km and has a population of close to 9500.   Montagnana is a medieval walled city and its fortifications and walls are still well preserved. In fact it is said that the medieval
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Venice Tours & Itineraries II Ponte di RialtoVenice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a combination of 118 small islands in northern Italy. Tradition has it that fishermen settled on the islands centuries ago and eventually it was used by the Italian military. Venice is full of history and definitely has a distinct culture. I would say Venice has a very cozy atmosphere because all the buildings are so snug together and it’s true what they say, “you haven’
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ancient door to the historical centre of Brugnato Brugnato is a small comune and town located in the Liguria region of Italy in the province of La Spezia. Surrounded by the Montemarcello-Magra Park, Brugnato is situated on the banks of the Vara River. The town is located close to the cities of La Spezia and Genoa. Brugnato is spread over an area of 12 sq km and has a population close to 1200. According to scholars, Brugnato was founded in the 12th century when the cathedral was built in the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Bellunesi Dolomites - Giau Pass   The area covered by Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park is home to glorious natural landscapes and rare flora and fauna, which the park was instituted to protect. Located in the beautiful region of the South Eastern Alps the park includes imposing mountains like Mount Serva and Vette di Feltre, as well as gorgeous grassland and beautiful valleys. It is stunning to think that thousands of years ago this area was completely covered by glaciers,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lido, Venice Lido is a small island in the Venetian Lagoon and a very popular place among those who want to escape the chaos and the crowds of the city. Although not many people know of Lido, it is quite trendy and upscale without being overcrowded. Most visitors visit Lido as a day excursion to explore some of its charming streets and handsome mansions. Lido is a very small island and most people on the island work in Venice, some of them work at the restaurants and the hotels on the island
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Soave and its castle Ph. flickr/Claudia Dal Ceredo   Soave is a small town and commune located in the Veneto region of Italy in the province of Verona. The town is spread over an area of 22 sq km and has a population of close to 6800. The town was a center during Roman rule in the region on the Via Postumia that connected Genoa to Aquileia. The castle of Soave was first mentioned in 934 during the Magyar invasions. During the 13th century the castle was taken over by counts
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Move Hi there, Here we are Joe & Eva, two people who decided to change their lives. We talked about it for ages. As you know, there is always a long road between wanting something and actually doing it !! We were also entangled in our responsibilities - jobs, kids, money, without even mentioning our fear of jumping into the deep end. Motorcycles in Corvara   But in February 1999 we did it. We left all the comforts of Munich and went to live in a tiny mountain village in the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Portobuffolè town entrance Portobuffole is a small comune and town located in the Veneto region in northern Italy. The town is located in the province of Treviso and is located close to the cities of Treviso and Venice. Portobuffole is spread over an area of just 5 sq km and has a population of approximately 824. The town was originally known as Settimo based on the name given to the settlement by the Romans until 1000. The medieval town was first inhabited by the Romans and the ancient castle
Friday, June 1st, 2012
castelvecchio verona
  Castelvecchio in Verona Ph. depositphotos/Snake81   If you make it to the medieval city of Verona in northern Italy be sure to make a stop at the Castelvecchio ("old castle"), a fortress built by Cangrande II ("big dog") of the Della Scala family in 1354–1356. While the castle itself has very little ornamental decoration it is an important structure and also offers the opportunity to tour some beautiful art as today it is home to the Castelvecchio Museum. The museum can
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Murano Murano is a small island in the Venetian lagoon in Italy. Although it is described as in island, it is in fact a series of small islands which are joined together with bridges. The island is mainly famous for its glass work and especially for its beautiful lamps. Murano was once a commune but is now it falls under the jurisdiction of Venice. It is believed that the island was first inhabited by the Romans, like most places in Italy. And it was in 1291 that the Venetian glass makers were
Friday, June 1st, 2012
vicenza palladio
Palladian Villas in Vicenza: La Rotonda Ph.   Vicenza is located in Northern Italy at the base of Monte Berico. The town is located close to the Venice. The city is known for its rich culture and history. It is mainly renowned for its Renaissance style Palazzi. The Palladian Villas of the Veneto region have been listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1994.   The Palladian Villas The world heritage site protects the cluster of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Marostica   Marostica is a comune and town located in the Veneto region of Italy in the province of Vicenza. The name of the town can be traced to the Venetic language and refers to the hills and the streams that descend from the nearby mountains. The name of the town literally means "one which has mountains and hills". Several ancient objects and artifacts dating back to the Venetic times have been found from the region from the first millennium B.C. The town is very famous for
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Carnival season is almost over in Venice. The splendor of the palaces along the Grand Canal, the majesty of St. Mark's Square and its gilded basilica, the bustling traffic on the waters of the lagoon are all major players, not just backdrops, which add to the unique flavor of the Venetian carnival. Magnificent costumes are paraded slowly, silently and regally through the streets and squares of Venice, pausing to allow tourists to snap numerous photographs that
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Petrarca bust Arqua Petrarca is a small comune and town located in the Veneto region of Italy in the province of Padua. The town is quite small and has a population of only 1800. Arqua Petrarca is mainly famous because it was home to the famous poet Fancesco Petrarca who had lived the later part of his life and died in the town which is where the town got its name. Petrarca had died in 1374 and had been buried in the town. The former house of the poet has now been converted into a museum and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
belluno dolomites
   Once you leave Venice behind and head north towards the Dolomites, you may wonder for quite some time when you will ever see them.   And suddenly out of the haze, they appear on the horizon. Once you have reached Vittorio Veneto, you are already in the lower region of the Alpine zone. As you clear the last tunnel, you'll see the beautiful Alpago valley on your right mirrored in Lake Santa Croce , with the peaks of the Dolomites shimmering above the water. In a short while, you
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Verona Tours and Itineraries - Verona with Kids II   Verona Verona is a great city to visit when traveling in Italy and can be very enjoyable with kids as well. There are a lot of activities for families to experience together in Verona. You will be able to make wonderful memories as an entire family. The cobblestone streets and majestic castle are picturesque and surreal. As a matter of fact, the balcony of Romeo and Juliet rests here, with the grand gold statue of Juliet herself.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Venice - Fish market The Veneto is among the most industrialized and the wealthiest regions in Italy and it is also the most visited. Every year around 60 million tourists visit the Veneto. Agriculture is also is quite a significant factor even though since the last two decades its importance has been decreasing. However, the agriculture sector of the region is regarded as the most productive in Northern Italy. Through the plains of the region, wine grapes, fruits and vegetables are the most
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Venice     Many Italian regions are known for one famous city, although they have many others that are worth visiting. Veneto is definitely one of those regions, most famous for Venice, but the area is extremely rich in opportunities for a holiday full of fun, relaxation and culture that extend beyond the lagoon city.   Given the climate, the best time to visit Veneto is spring to autumn. You may want to avoid the hotter weeks of July and August, since humidity
Friday, June 1st, 2012
From Belluno to Agordo The weather today is very dramatic. Some of those fluffy cumulus clouds look real mean and dark. But there is still some sunlight with blue patches of sky. So we say that we will give it a try and get on our bike. We take the road from Casan through Ponte nelle Alpi . We cross the Alpini bridge, turn right and hit the road to Agordo. At first the road is uneventful. Once we pass Mas the landscape starts to get interesting with winding curves and beautiful mountains
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sappada area Sappada is a small village located in the Veneto region in northern Italy in the province of Belluno. The village is located at the border between Austria and Friuli and is a part of the Dolomite Mountains. Sappada is located at an altitude of 1250 meters and has a population of close to 1500. It is quite a popular tourist destination due to the winter sport activities and ski slopes located in the area. It spread across the entire valley of the Piave River. The landscape
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  La Giudecca, Venice   Giudecca is a small island located in the Venetian lagoon in Italy. Guidecca has a laid back and a relaxed lifestyle and a distinctive village like atmosphere. Even though the island is a neighborhood of Venice, it is still quite different from the more popular part of the city and is not yet as crowded with tourists as Venice is. Originally, Guidecca was for residential purposes but later on a few industries and even a film studio had been set up here.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Verona Tours & Itineraries -Verona with Kids   Verona Many people know of, love and want to experience the great country of Italy. So often parents feel they need to wait until the “kids” are older or all together grown up to appreciate the history, culture and experience. You might be surprised however that Italy actually has great hidden treasures and fun especially for kids to enjoy and parents too.   Verona is said to be a City you’ll fall in love with at first
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Peaceful Treviso Ph.   Treviso is a city located in the region of Veneto in Italy. It is also the capital of the Treviso province. There are around 82,000 inhabitants in the city, and around 3,000 people live within the famous Venetian Walls in the historic city center. According to many scholars, the ancient city had been named Tarvisium and it derived its name from a Celtic settlement tribe called Taurusci. Many other scholars think that the city might