Posts tagged ‘Venice’

November 6, 2012

Visit Italy next year.

As the year is winding down, clients are beginning to think about next summer’s holiday.  I admit that I am biased, but I can promise, a visit to Italy would not disappoint anyone in the family.  So many opportunities present themselves that the only problem is narrowing down the itinerary.  Rome has enough to take in, that one could never go too frequently. Tuscany, whose heart is Florence is much the same way….just more easily accessible rural options. A favorite being the medieval hill town of Siena where many of the  buildings and art works date from about 1260-1348 when Siena was one of Europe’s wealthiest cities.  Highlights are the  unusual fan-shaped piazza where the palio horse race is run twice in the summer and its magnificent Gothic duomo.  Lucca is my favorite walled city, west of Florence and we have just added a lovely 3 bedroom rental apartment right in the historic center, ask me about it (invitationtotuscany.com).  Then there is Veneto..with Venice as the crown jewel, Piedmonte, the Lake District, on and on.

Have a look at this brief video – you may get inspired !

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February 16, 2011

Carnevale, the Festival of Masks

Carnevale, also known as carnival or mardi gras, is celebrated in Italy and many places around the world 40 days before Easter, a final party before Ash Wednesday and the restrictions of Lent.

Carnevale in Italy is a huge winter festival celebrated with parades, masquerade balls, entertainment, music, and parties. Children throw confetti at each other and play tricks one each other in fun.

Although carnival is actually one day, in Venice and many other places in Italy the carnival celebrations and parties may begin  2 weeks earlier.  This year February 19th,  the “Grand toast in Venice” will be the opening event, an elegant and joyful “cheers” for tourists and locals alike  to officially welcome the Carnival. The main attraction will be a big wine fountain spouting vino for all.   The dancing commences and a full agenda of activities continues  throughout the 2 week long festival.

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January 30, 2011

The Venice Biennale Arts Exposition is this summer!!

La Biennale 20112011 is an odd-numbered year, which means that the Venice La Biennale will be underway in a few months.

The origin:
The birth of the Venice Biennale
Headed by its mayor, Riccardo Selvatico, the Venetian City Council passed a resolution on 19th April 1893 to set up a biennial exhibition of Italian art, to be inaugurated on 22nd April 1894. However, the event took place in 1895, two years later than it had been planned. On 30th April, the 1st International Art Exhibition was inaugurated. Learn more >>

The VBA Expo is the celebration of several festivals rolled into one year.  During the Biennale you can enjoy fine arts, architecture, film, music, dance, theater and so much more.

This year will celebrate the 3rd Arsenale della Danza (17th January to 15th May), the 2nd Kids’ Carnival (26th February to 8th March), the 54th International Art Exhibition – ILLUMInations (4th June to 27th November), the 68th Venice International Film Festival (31st August to 10th September), the 55th International Festival of Contemporary Music (24th September to 1st October), and the 41st International Theatre Festival (10th to 16th October).

Visiting Venice can be amazing no matter what time of year you go, however where you choose to stay can have an effect on your overall experience. I have stayed in many different places over the years, but my favorite is…

Hotel Palazzo Stern

Few Steps from Saint Mark’s Square and from Accademia, surrounded by the artistic beauties and by the peacefulness and quitness of an everyday Venice.

A Historical Palace, once home of a known art collector, enhanced by art work of all ages and rich with ancient historical memories.

A unique and unforgettable experience that will bring you back in time. The breathtaking view from the Terrace on the Grand Canal and the peacefulness of the Flat Roof (provided with Jacuzzi) are scenarios of incredible romance and beauty.

Family run, wonderful staff, …in my opinion the best hotel in Venice.

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January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Piazza in Venice Italy

Piazza in Venice Italy

The piazza is the center of life in Italy, so it goes without saying that there are many important public squares in every Italian city. And many of these piazzas are where New Year’s Eve will be celebrated, not unlike Times Square in NYC.

Venice is one of the most romantic places to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the biggest party is in Piazza San Marco with a huge group kiss at midnight.

Rome’s big New Year’s party is in Piazza del Popolo, in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, with music and dancing into the early hours of the New Year. On New Year’s Day the square is still buzzing with activity, this time aimed at entertaining the children.

I Migliori Augui de Felice Anno Nuovo!

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