Every two years, Venice revels itself to not only be the home of some of the most beautiful historic buildings and traditions, but also to be a leading location for some of the world’s best contemporary artists at La Biennale di Venezia.
There are some things that any trip to Venice must include ? a ride in a gondola, a visit to St Mark’s square, a ride along the Grand Canal, and getting hopelessly, wonderfully lost in the maze of narrow streets. There must also be some time taken out to sit down, relax and drink a […]
Nowadays, we visit Florence and perhaps send a brief postcard to family and friends back home, perhaps even write a blog or twitter post about our experience. We may tag ourselves in photos posted on Facebook of our trip to Florence. But in the past, the expression of wonderment at Florence’s beauty was expressed in […]
The world is a wonderful place, and nowhere makes you realise that more than a visit to the enchanting, the ethereal Venice. Named after the Veneti people who populated the city as far back as the 6th century BC, the entire city centre consists of 117 ‘islands’ constructed on a series of ancient wooden piers […]
17th March is the date in which Italy officially became a united nation. After centuries of existing as separate states (and oft-times not even on such great terms), Italy was united in 1861, with 2011 thus marking the 150th anniversary of Italy. With the peninsula having a history dating back to at least […]
Italy’s greatest festival, Carnivale, in 2011 falls on March 8. The date changes annually due to the celebration falling 40 days before Easter. But in true Italian style, there is much fanfare in the leadup. In fact, Carnevale events usually commence some 2 to 3 weeks prior to the actual big day itself. The biggest […]
One Sunday afternoon, some of us Artviva Walking Tours office staff gathered for some cooking in Tuscany. We made delicious Venician biscuits (cookies) using a recipe from Artviva’s good friend Tessa Kiros. Tessa Kiros writes in her fabulous cookbook, ‘Venezia: food & dreams’, that these delicious and simple-to-make cookies will stay fresh for ages because […]
Italian food at Christmas – including delicious winter dessert recipe to warm your hearts and bellies!
Food in Italy is fabulous all year ‘round. But there is definitely extra love put into all dishes enjoyed around Christmas time. As with the Slow Food* ideals developed in line with traditional cooking methods in Italy, recipes evolve throughout the year in-line with the freshest of in-season produce. At Christmas time, in […]
Then, learn how to become a Gondolier! (Featuring ‘Breaking the Tradition in Venice’ article by Bonnie Lynn below) Think of Venice and you immediately imagine gondolas slicing through the mirrored surface of the city’s canals that weave through the ancient city, the haunting ancient songs of the gondoliers echoing off of the ornate façades of […]
Venice is composed of 118 little islands linked by 400 bridges the best way to travel in Venice is by boat. The gondola was invented by the city of Venice soon after it was founded in 166 AD and Artviva‘s unique Original Gondola Tour will allow you to slip back in time as you glide past palaces […]