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Quarantine from the lagoon: a Venetian perspective

April 26, 2020

Carnivale no more Our Venetian guide extraordinare and amateur photographer Fiona Giusto kindly agreed to provide a journalistic recount of the last couple of months quarantined in her hometown. Fiona studied at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice, graduating cum laude in foreign languages and literature (German and English). She is fascinated by Venetian history,…

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Venice’s Floods: What You Need to Know

December 7, 2019

Devastating. Disastrous. Threatening. These are not the adjectives we usually relate to Venice, Italy’s dream destination built on the Adriatic. But recent flooding has brought destruction to the famous city. With sea levels rising and natural disasters worsening, what does the future hold for beloved Venice? In November, Venice’s residents and…

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Romeo, Romeo, Where Art Thou….? Adagio in VERONA

March 18, 2016

Stunning architecture, a rich culture, elegant locals, a deep artistic history. What’s not to love? Although most of us think “Venice” when Northern Italy comes up, consider standing out in the crowd, and instead whispering: “Verona”. For this city, located on the Adige River, has subtle beauty that merits an…

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Christmas in Venice – New Venice Countryside Tour

December 21, 2015

This phenomenal Christmas tree resides in the elegantissimo Hotel Danieli, just off St. Mark’s Square in Venice. I’ll never forget 13 years ago, when I spent a night at this hotel with my 3-month-old daughter and a friend who had come along to nanny while I led a trip. We…

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Farro…what’s Farro?

September 18, 2014

For those not familiar with the nutty, ancient grain farro that I’ll be sampling with my group in Tuscany next month, read this New York Times excerpt: “From a cross-country reading of the culinary winds, it appears that farro, an ancient grain believed to have sustained the Roman legions, has…

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Highlights from a Trip to Venice

September 16, 2013

We just returned from Buy Veneto, one of Italy’s most prestigious trade shows. Here are some of my notes from the stay. Fancy Sleeping Molino Stucky Hotel on the Giudecca Island of Venice was a fantastic surprise! A former flour/pasta mill from the 1800s, this structure was overtaken by ivy, literally…

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