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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...
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...
Painting Venice

Painting Venice

Painting. Venice. Two notions that appeal to this romantic grand turista. We’ve been seeing artists sketching and painting in Venice and all over Europe this spring, setting up easels and drawing in sketchbooks, everywhere from the cobblestone lanes of the old town of Kotor to...
Venice in close-up

Venice in close-up

The longer you spend in a city such as Venice, the less you have to worry about the big picture and ticking off sights, and the more time you have to take in the tiny details. This was our eighth trip to Venice (and we had...