One is famed for its sparkling glass concoctions, the other for its rainbow colours, and the third for its long and luscious sandy beach. The Venetian islands of Murano, Burano and the Lido are perhaps the most well-known isolas that circle La Serenissima. Popular with day-trippers, Murano and Burano give visitors a taste of ‘little […]
Those of you who know me or follow my blog will know that in my continued efforts to learn Italian, I have undertaken many concerted hours of arduous study. From grammar books, to audio books, to private lessons, to language exchanges, I think I’ve tried them all. The best thing I’ve done in my Italian […]
Like the proverbial Marmite, Venice is one of those places that visitors either love or hate. Where some people see the city’s buildings as crumbling ruins, others see beauty in the decay. Where some see putrid canals, others see the ancient life blood of the mighty La Serenissima.
The Venice Experiment: A Year of Trial and Error Living Abroad By Barry Frangipane with Ben Robbins The ultimate dream of any Venetophile is to hear their significant other say the words: ‘You want to move to Venice? Sure, why not.’ It is for this reason that Barry Frangipane may be the luckiest Venetophile alive […]
Having been firmly footed in both camps of can’t cook and won’t cook for most of my life, I found myself oddly excited by the prospect of a cooking class in Venice. Evidence, perhaps, of Venice’s charm and seduction, considering that the mere mention of cooking in my own home usually brings me out in […]
When a person is tired of London, a person is tired of life, so said Samuel Johnston. The same might be said of Venice, given that there is something to keep everyone happy morning, noon, and night. That being said, it’s worth stepping outside the chaos of Venice to explore the rest of the stunning […]
Like every optimistic traveller, whenever I take out travel insurance to cover my Venetian sojourns, the closest I think I’ll ever come to cashing it in is if my luggage happens to find its way overboard a waterbus. That or myself after one too many bellinis. I had never considered that it might cover the […]
There’s an old saying along the lines of: ‘you need special shoes for hiking, and a bit of a special soul as well’. As I voluntarily squelched my way through a walking tour of Venice, I wondered if the author of this particular quote had La Serenissima in mind at the time, for I […]
On postcards Venice is always pictured in its beautiful, mystical, and slightly surreal state. And almost always completely bone dry. Today was not one of those picture perfect postcard days. I was the epitome of a drowned rat, which, given Venice’s high ratio of rats to humans, made me practically a local. Early spring in Venice […]
Bologna the Learned, Bologna the Fat, Bologna the Red. The city’s tourist guides are quick to tell their gentle readers all about its ancient University, its calorie-inducing pasta, and its terracotta roofs. The one thing they fail to mention, however, is that the city is also Bologna the Drunk.