Author: The Venice Guide

Arrivederci from Venice

This post is for all of my readers that have been so faithful throughout the past year and a half. It has been a long and fantastic ride and I hope that I’ve been able to provide some valuable travel advice to all of you in some way or another that has made your trip exceptionally memorable. However,...
October 2nd, 2009 | Venice | Read More

See the Fall Colors of Northern Italy, & Eat Something Too

The fall in Italy offers countless local celebrations, there are sagras for wine, sagras for salami, even a sagra for bigoli pasta. But if something more refined is your cup of tea, then in the hills surrounding Treviso you’ll find a quiet little place up on a hill where even the traffic noise...
October 1st, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Oktoberfest Italian Style: l’Ombralonga 2009 in Treviso

So you were sitting at home the other night watching the nightly news and they did a report on Oktoberfest kicking off in Munich and you saw millions of happy people singing German drinking songs, making toasts with large steins of beer and though…”I missed it again!” Well, don’t...
September 29th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Flea Market For The Salty Sea Dog: Venice Sells Sea Stuff

I’ve written about several antique markets that occur throughout Venice as well as the Veneto, but one in particular is one of my favorites and it happens this time of year on via Garibaldi in Venice. The event is the Flea Market of “Sea Stuff” on the 27th of September, and this is...
September 23rd, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Mushroom Festival Near Treviso: Get Your Funk-us On!

31 Years of celebrating the mushroom. Is it possible? Yes, and you’ll be able to take your turn celebrating this wonderful fungus if you venture over to the small town of Nervesa della Battaglia near Treviso, Italy from the 25th to the 29th of September. If you’re thinking that this is some...
September 21st, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Fantastic Fish Restaurant! Stay The Night If You Want.

Ristorante al Covo - Venice Eating fish in Venice is one of life’s little guilty pleasures. You’ll probably pay a lot for whatever comes on your plate, but when it’s all finished it is definitely worth every cent. Sometimes you can find a good place, but sometimes you find a great place....
September 17th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Be With World Class Company: Architects Submit Your Plan For Accademia

Ponte dell'Accademia Venice is a city that has been touched by some of the greatest architectural hands ever to walk the earth. Andrea Palladio helped design some of the most notable churches in Venice, Tadao Ando is responsible for the Punta della Dogana, and Carlo Scarpa can be found in some modern...
September 14th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Verona’s San Zeno: Northern Italy’s Most Ornate Romanesque Church

If you’ve ever traveled to Verona, chances are you visited Juliet’s House, the Arena to see an opera, and the main piazzas complete with giant hanging whale bone. But if you venture just out of the city center, you’ll find one of Northern Italy’s most extravagant churches…it’s...
September 10th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Venetian Sagra Season 2009: The First 6 Local Festivities & Food

It’s September, the summer has finally wound down, people are back from their month long vacations and slowly going back to work. The weather has finally broke as well as the humidity making the evenings cool and enjoyable…so what to do? If you’re like me, sitting around the whole month...
September 8th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

I’ve Been Offended: Some Etiquette Rules For Italian Dining

Food. The essential heart of any Italian. Although Italy has exported their cuisine throughout the world, much like America has exported McDonald’s, no Italian would ever shy away from being Italian when you mention your favorite pizza place. But when you talk about cuisine you do get some strange...
September 4th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Historical Regatta: Race Up The Grand Canal

Historical Regatta For those of you who are faithful readers, you’ll know that there have been several regattas throughout the year that I have written about. All of them have been nothing but a prelude and some hearty practice leading up to the mother of them all…the Regatta Storica (Historical...
September 1st, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Italian Gelato: Beat The Heat

August in Italy is pretty brutal temperature wise. The island of Venice is probably one of the worst places you can be. With temperatures nearing 100 degrees and humidity to match, without any breeze it will do a number on almost everybody. But there is a way that you can help battle this terrible situation,...
August 28th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Venice Antique Market: What’s Old Is New Again…At Least To You

The Venice antique market is truly something that you should experience. There are several antique markets throughout Italy, but the one in Venice is unique. Where can you browse through books centuries old, find costumes perfect for Carnevale, and pick up that rare piece of pottery that your grandmother...
August 26th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Pizzeria Savonarola: Cozy Eats, Cheap Prices

I always love venturing to Padova, it gives me the excuse to go eat at my favorite pizzeria. Little did I know that the last time I ate at Pizzeria Medina, it would have been my last. When I arrived in Padova last time I was really excited, but this feeling was crushed when I found out that Pizzeria...
August 20th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Where Nasa & Star Trek Started: Galileo’s Observatory, Padova

La Specola - Padova Last month the world celebrated the 40th Anniversary of men walking on the moon. This event happened long before my time, yet I still watched the clips with enthusiasm and felt proud that I was an American at that point when I saw the flag unrolled on the surface of the moon. Yet,...
August 17th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Welcome To Italy, Everything Is CLOSED! From Today – ???

Summertime in Europe is probably the best time anywhere in the world. Festivals are everywhere, the temperatures are warm, and the beaches are packed with people trying to escape from the heat. Venice is no different, but as a tourist I know it’s sometimes difficult to arrive somewhere on a Sunday...
August 12th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Get “Schooled” in Wine…High School Was Never This Fun!

I remember high school as being a bunch of classes that were supposed to prepare us for the real world. If we wanted, we could take some electives like Automotive and Shop Class. Personally, I was not in my realm when it came to these two courses, I was in the band. But had I actually been offered an...
August 9th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Vacation Like The Venice Elite, Brenta Canal Tours

Have you ever felt that somewhere in a different life you were royalty? Sometimes I get this feeling because it’s just unbelievable that I’m working this much and not completely benefiting. I was made for elite, V.I.P. gatherings. If this is how you feel sometimes, I can help you find a little...
August 5th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Traditional Regatta of Pellestrina

The Venetians take their sailing seriously, afterall it was a serious navy and strength in the Adriatic and Mediterranean for hundreds of years. But the competition goes far beyond the navy sailors, the locals of Venice also felt that they were the best at the helm and because of this, Venice celebrates...
July 30th, 2009 | Venice | Read More

Jazz Great: Paolo Conte in Piazza San Marco, Venice

The Veneto Jazz Festival is a jazz festival that really takes its jazz seriously. This year is no different. But this year, perhaps the greatest show will be on Friday the 31st of July in Piazza San Marco when Paolo Conte takes the stage backed by the great symphonic orchestra of Venice.  This combination...
July 29th, 2009 | Venice | Read More