The Veneto Cities of Treviso, Vicenza and Padova – Venice Without the Crowds

2019-06-08T17:01:21+07:00By |

The Veneto cities of Treviso, Vicenza and Padova each offer their own ‘Venice without the crowds’ experience. Rich in history and culture, with fantastic food and wine, these laidback, lesser-visited cities are wonderful alternatives to Venice, especially if you unknowingly arrive during Venice’s acqua alta. When travellers to Italy think of the Veneto region, they [...]

A Grantourismo Guide to Love, Romance and Local Travel

2019-06-06T17:17:03+07:00By |

I was asked to craft a Grantourismo-style romantic city escape or luxury honeymoon holiday, a break focused firmly on love and romance but one involving a slow, local and experiential travel, and a lot of food and wine. Grantourismo's romantic city escapes and luxury honeymoon holidays Barcelona, Spain Stay The intimate ABaC Hotel, designed by architect Antoni de [...]

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+07:00By |

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 our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of [...]

My Best Foodie Travel Moments from our Grand Tour

2015-08-25T12:47:32+07:00By |

We did a hell of a lot of food-related activities over the last 12 months for Grantourismo. And my best foodie travel moments of the year didn’t occur while seated at a voguish restaurant… 1. Tasting cheese at Neal’s Yard Dairy in London. It’s not just the French who have fabulous cheeses! And yes, we [...]

Romantic Travel: Getting In the Mood for Romance

2015-08-25T12:48:00+07:00By |

As it’s Valentines Day, we thought we’d offer some romantic travel ideas and tips from our grand tour for getting in the mood for romance. It may be too late to get on a flight to Marrakech or book a beach house in Costa Rica, but there’s nothing stopping you from cooking your special someone a [...]

Lessons in Venice on Wines of the Veneto

2015-08-06T17:12:04+07:00By |

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 on the lagoon’s islands and next year the restaurant Venissa [...]

Venice Take-Homes: Distinctive Souvenirs

2018-11-26T19:25:18+07:00By |

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 backstreets of San Polo and Dorsoduro and you’ll find hidden [...]

No Pizza, No Lasagne, No Tourist Menu: Our Favourite Venice Restaurant

2018-05-27T17:08:03+07:00By |

"No pizza, no lasagne, no menù turistico" says a sign posted outside Antiche Carampane, one of our favourite restaurants in Venice, and one of the city's finest. Here's why we love this special eatery, secreted down a hard to find lane in San Polo. No Pizza, No Lasagne, No Tourist Menu: Our Favourite Venice Restaurant [...]

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

2014-09-24T10:23:18+07:00By |

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 immediately smitten by the leather-bound notebooks in the window with [...]

Understanding Venice, a City Built on Trade and Tolerance – By Foot

2015-08-06T17:02:04+07:00By |

“The most important thing to Venetians has always been money,” social historian Monica Vidoni tells us as we begin her Venetian Renaissance walking tour. It’s something we’re hearing often – even by Venetians – but it especially resonates as we stand on Campo Santi Giovani e Paolo where Venice’s riches are on display here, as [...]

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