Giving Venice the chance to enchant

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 […]

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When S stands for Bussola – a delicious Venetian cookie recipe by Tessa Kiros

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 […]

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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 […]

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Want the World’s Best Job?

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 […]

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Visiting Venice

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 […]

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