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Best Things to Do in Venice

Venice, once a major trading empire known as the most Serene Republic of Venice (la Serenissima), now takes her power from the ability to seduce visitors with her decaying beauty. Peaceful canals, pigeon-filled piazzas, and golden basilicas entice and delight. I encourage you to visit Venice for its history and soak up its rich ambience.… Continue reading Best Things to Do in Venice

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Gondola Rides in Venice—Worth Every Euro

Before traveling to Venice, I had read countless articles and blogs from travelers warning visitors not to buy into the tradition of the gondola ride. The main reason was always the same—it was too expensive. At 80 euros for forty minutes (before evening increases the rates) the critics were correct about the price. But they… Continue reading Gondola Rides in Venice—Worth Every Euro

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Murano—the Glass Island of Italy

Known for its sparking treasures made of glass, the island of Murano is just a brief boat ride (vaporetto) away from Venice. Although touristy, I highly recommend the trip. Historically, Venetians were known for their glass-making prowess. In the late 13th century, the industry was moved to the island of Murano. Fear of fire caused… Continue reading Murano—the Glass Island of Italy

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The Roman Guy’s “Venice Walking and Boat Tour”

We met our guide, Chiara, between the two iconic columns of Piazzetta di San Marco. Succumbing to superstition, we refused to walk between the two pillars and instead met the group on the other side. We had heard a legend that it was bad luck to walk in between the two (public executions had occurred… Continue reading The Roman Guy’s “Venice Walking and Boat Tour”