Tag Archives: Venice

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on...
Lessons in Venice on Wines of the Veneto

Lessons in Venice on Wines of the Veneto

The wines found in Venice are as misunderstood by most travellers as the city’s cuisine – which is probably why we see more Sicilian chardonnays than Veneto soaves on restaurant tables. Of course wine isn’t produced in Venice itself – although there are grapes grown...
Cooking with the Countess in Venice

Cooking with the Countess in Venice

“Is there anything we should know beforehand about the cooking course?” we asked our host Enrica Rocca. “Yes, you need to cancel your dinner reservation after the class!” Done. When you’re about to spend a day cooking with the Countess in Venice, you do as you’re...
Venice Take-Homes: Distinctive Souvenirs

Venice Take-Homes: Distinctive Souvenirs

When you visit Venice you can easily buy a Venetian mask, ‘Murano’ glass made in China or an I love Venezia t-shirt from any one of the souvenir stands that dot Venice and line Campo San Marco and the route to the Rialto Bridge. But explore the...
No Pizza, No Lasagne, No Tourist Menu

No Pizza, No Lasagne, No Tourist Menu

“No pizza, no lasagne, no menù turistico” says a sign posted outside Antiche Carampane, one of our favourite restaurants in Venice. Hidden down a hard-to-find lane in the sestiere or neighbourhood of San Polo, the restaurant’s location is such that there is little chance that...
Paolo Olbi, Venice’s Master of Paper, Printing and Bookbinding

Paolo Olbi, Venice’s Master of Paper, Printing and Bookbinding

Bookbinder Paolo Olbi, and his typesetter Beppi, may be Venice’s last great artisans, making every component of their beautiful products  by hand in Paolo’s atmospheric workshop in Castello. I first stumbled across one of Paolo’s shops on Campo Santa Maria Nova by accident and was...
Local Knowledge: Luca from Venice

Local Knowledge: Luca from Venice

A coastal oceanographer working for Venice’s Institute of Marine Science, specialising in the study of the sea and wetlands, 47 year-old Luca Zaggia spends most of his time in Venice on the water. Luca’s work involves everything from investigating contaminants in the lagoon, estuaries and...