In Venice, in Love: Gianni Berengo Gardin

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With his exceptional ability to capture images from life in the most poetic of ways, it is no wonder that Gianni Berengo Gardin has become one of Italy’s most loved photographers. Born in Liguria in 1930, Gianni Berengo Gardin’s career has spanned almost 60 years. His works have been exhibited in some of the world’s […]

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Real Italian Dish: Risotto con Zucchine recipe

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We were recently invited by Alberto, author of a fabulous home Italian cookery blog, to share his receipes, and with typical Italian recipes as delicious as the below (with step-by-step pictures to match!), how could we refuse?! RISOTTO (RICE) WITH COURGETTES risotto con zucchine Hi guys!!! You are ready for a new dish!?! Today we cooking […]

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Venice: Make mine a Spritz (or make it yourself with this Spritz recipe!)

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There are many great things to see and do in Venice – from gliding along the canals in a gondola, to visiting the island of Murano to see a master glassblower at work. But once the Bridge of Sighs has been sighted, you’ve visited the stunning San Marco Square and its dazzling Basilica, and toured the […]

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The Glass Merchants of Venice: Murano’s Master Glassblowers

The Glass Merchants of Venice: Murano’s Master Glassblowers

  With the Venetian sky the most marvellous blue above us, we set of on our private transfer to the famous glass island of Murano just a short distance from Venice’s main island. Pulling up at the pier of the Murano Glass Factory we were visiting, we walked along the jetty, and stepped into the […]

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The coolest coffee in Italy!

Espresso coffee with a scoop of creamy gelato

  Italians may not follow road rules, and let’s not even get into discussing Italian politics, but when it comes to coffee, there are many hard-and-fast traditions not to be messed with. For instance, cappuccino is a breakfast coffee, which should never be ordered after a meal. In fact, in some restaurants the owners will […]

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Ahoy, this be Venice? Aye!

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Think Venice and you imagine gliding along misty canals guided by muscled gondoliers plying Venice’s iridescent waterways. You imagine the golden façade of St Mark’s Basilica glinting in the morning sunshine, illuminating the impressive piazza of San Marco that it overlooks, pinnacled by St Mark’s Campanile. Perhaps you recall passing over one of Venice’s myriad […]

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St Mark’s, Venice: hip to be square

St Mark's Basilica, Venice

After meandering through the labyrinth of narrow streets and winding canals of Venice, stepping into the vast space of St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) is truly breathtaking. A large open area beautifully framed by splendid buildings, a palace and even a tower or two, this is one area of Venice you truly must see. […]

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Com’era, dov’era – the rise and fall (and rise again) of St Mark’s Bell Tower

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  The Campanile (bell tower) of St Mark’s Piazza in Venice is one of the city’s most iconic symbols. Towering over the stunning façade of St Mark’s Basilica, the bell tower was originally built in the 800’s to serve as a lookout over a nearby dock. Taking some 3 centuries to complete, it stood only […]

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New Venice Biennale Building for Australia

A new building for the Australian contemporary art exhibit at the Venice Biennale has been announced. Construction of the new space is set to be complete by 2015. Designed by Denton Corker Marshall architectual firm, financing of the $6 million structure is to be entirely privately funded. The new Australian pavillion will showcase art, architecture, […]

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