The Grand Canal – or Canale Grande in Italian – is the main waterway that snakes a whole 3.8km through the historical centre of Venice. A boat ride along the Grand Canal gives you the most fabulous perspective on the architectural history of one of Italy’s most charming cities, most of which were built […]
Italy sure knows how to put on a good party. And so they should, given that many of the best events in Italy date back to Renaissance times so they have, after all, had a lot of practice! One of the best festivals in Venice, Italy, is in July on the occasion of the Festa […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]