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In our News & Things to do section you will find updates and information on specialty tours, exhibitions or interesting things to do for when you travel to Italy!

Winetasting in the Venice Lagoon

Venice boat experienceWine tasting on the islands of the Venice Lagoon

Can you imagine seeing wineries in the middle of a lagoon?

Cruise from Venice to the islands were grapes are still cultivated making a wine which is really unique. The first stop will be at Sant’Erasmo, the vegetable garden of Venice. Here, beside the famous violet artichoke, some important vineyards have been created to produce a tasty white wine. The wine tasting will be in the garden facing the lagoon among fruit trees and cultivated grounds.

Proceed along Sant’Erasmo island to reach the small and picturesque island of Mazzorbo, connected by a wooden bridge to the more famous Burano. The Venissa estate features an ancient walled vegetable garden as well as a vineyard originally from Venice. On this unique island, in fact, the ancient Venetian vines cultivated during the Serenissima Republic, only recently rediscovered, have been wisely replanted. The wine has a slightly salty taste as grapes absorb some salt from the ground making it very tasty and different from Sant’Erasmo’s white wine.

Enjoy your visit to these two islands where, beside the wine tasting, a lunch with local food can be arranged.

The 1964 Cabin Cruiser Bora was totally renovated in 2015, maximum capacity 6 persons (including captain and guide) The boat features padded seating and sundeck areas, fresh water shower, private toilet,  mineral water and Audio Sound System.

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Fashion, Shopping & Bubbles – Milan

Shopping & Bubbles Milan

Milan is famous for its fashion and design!

Enjoy a truly unique experience and let us organize a Private Fashion show in a historic fashion atelier of a talented young Milanese designer, accompanied by an experienced Made in Italy Lifestyle Ambassador.

While you sit comfortably, 3 models will show you a number of outfits for all kinds of occasions, professionally commented by the fashion designer’s assistant. Note down the reference numbers of what you like and…. you can buy all you want.

Following the showing you will have the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes of the atelier and possibly meet the designer himself.

Alternatively, you can also choose for a 3 hour morning or afternoon shopping tour.

According to your interests and style, you will visit some of Milan’s finest fashion boutiques to discover the real Made in Italy designs while your experienced guide will be able to give you personalized advise for a fashionable Made in Italy look.

After the shopping…. time for a tasting of 2 (or more) Italian wines in one of the renowned wineshops in Milan or you do you prefer an Aperol Spritz on the Terrazza Aperol on the Duomo square?

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Passion & Fashion! Private Tango lessons in Milan

tango lessons in MilanWhen visiting Milan, Tango dancing lessons might not come to mind immediately. But wouldn’t it be great to combine passion for dancing with fashion in a trendy city like Milan?

Antonio is a professional Tango teacher with over 20 years of experience, specialized what is commonly called Estilo Milonguero. He will introduce you to the technical and interpretive aspects of this magnificent dance.  Whether you are single, a couple or in a group, experienced or a beginner, Antonio will guide you during a private 1 or 2 hour tango lesson at the dance school located in the center of Milan or possibly at your hotel.

In addition, if you want to, you can put into practice your newly learned skills when Antonio accompanies you at a Milonga in one of the trendy places in Milan after dinner where you will find tango passionates dancing the night away!

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Photo tour of Venice with Bressanello Art Studio

Bressanello art studio
picture by Bressanello Art Studio

Discover Venice from behind the lens of your photo camera.  Venice born and raised professional photographer Fabio Bressanello will accompany you on a truly unforgettable 2 hour photo tour of Venice.

Fabio will show you unusual and little photographed angles of this fantastic city where every corner holds a secret…. an amazing experience for all-level photographers.

Besides that, a visit to Bressanello’s Art Studio, near the Ponte dei Pugni at San Barnaba, is really a must. You will enjoy a great selection of pictures capturing Venice and its inhabitants, from day-to-day life to extraordinary weather conditions. Some of Fabio’s works have been included in the recently published book Dream of Venice in Black and White.

East Far East Exhibition Venice
picture by Bressanello Art Studio

Interesting combinations can be found in some of the temporary exhibitions with well-known local and international artists, like East Far East where the works of two Venetian artists meet the works of two Asian artists.

Stay tuned for the Biennale Arte Visive 2019, Bressanello is already preparing his new exhibition.

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Visit to the Gold-beater workshop in Venice

Venice goldbeater workshopThe art of gold-beating, an ancient artisan craft that in Venice still exists!

In the beautiful setting of what was once the famous painter Tiziano’s Palace, hidden away in the Sestiere of Cannaregio, “Mario Berta Battiloro” is the last gold-beater workshop in Venice.  In the small workshop Marino, together with his wife Sabrina and their 2 daughters Eleonora and Sara, continue still today the art pursued by the family since 1926 and handed down from generation to generation.

Gold, silver and other precious metals are turned into wafer-thin sheets that are used for applications in a wide range of sectors.

Think of Artistic decorations: you will find gold leaves used in mosaics, beautiful artistic creations of Murano glass, but also applied on furniture and wooden sculptures.

Or also Cosmetics: recent research has shown that gold boasts significant anti-age properties and gold is also used as body decoration on nails, lips and eyelids.

And why not, Gastronomy: just imagine the aesthetic effect of unrivaled beauty when gold is used by chefs and barmen as a finishing touch on their culinary creations, of course certified as an edible food decoration.

You can enjoy a 40 minute tour of the Gold-beater workshop, only upon reservation, and discover the various stages of production that transforms the gold bar into sheets so thin that you can move them with a blow of your breath.

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500th Anniversary of Tintoretto in Venice

2019 marks the year of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Robusti, known as Tintoretto, one of the greatest Venetian painters of all times. And of course this must be celebrated in Venice!

So if you visit Venice between September 2018 and January 2019, this extraordinary monographic exhibition presented by The Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, together with The National Gallery of Art of Washington, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia, can not be missed.

 

at the Doge’s Palace:

The exhibition in the Doge’s apartment of the Palazzo Ducale “Tintoretto 1519 – 1594”  is curated by Robert Echols and Frederick Ilchman, under the scientific direction of Gabriella Belli. You can admire 50 paintings and 20 drawings by Tintoretto, brought in for the occasion from a variety of famous international museums.

There are several extraordinary works of Tintoretto already present at the Palazzo Ducale and therefore visible in their original location. Together they create an itinerary that will allow you to rediscover Tintoretto’s visionary, daring and unconventional painting.

at the Gallerie dell’Accademia:

In addition, the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia celebrates the anniversary with the exhibition “Il giovane Tintoretto”. Here you will find an integrated journey of extraordinary masterpieces from the main public and private collections of the world, curated by Roberta Battaglia, Paola Marini and Vittoria Romani.

The exhibition covers, through approximately 60 works, the first decade of activity of the Venetian painter. That is: from 1538, the year in which the independent activity of Jacopo Robusti is documented in San Geremia, to 1548, date of the renowned success of his first public work, the Miracle of the Slave, commissioned by the Scuola Grande di San Marco, today the pride of the Gallerie dell’Accademia.

All together, an exciting path that recounts an extraordinary period of stimulation and experimentation thanks to which Tintoretto has renewed the way of painting in Venice.

 

Both exhibitions are on display from September 7th 2018 till January 6th 2019.

Tintoretto at the Accademia

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Padiglione del Vetro – The Glass Pavilion – Venice

During my recent visit to The Padiglione del Vetro – “Donne + Uomini in Vetro – WO / MEN in Glass” in Campo  Bandiera e Moro,  I had the pleasure of meeting Alice Biba, one of  the artists exhibiting.

Taking turns the artists are present at the venue and it was amazing to get Alice’s personal insight on her beautiful sculptures and the reasoning behind them.

Curated by Lisette Caputo, the Padiglione del Vetro, or Glass Pavilion, a subject very much linked to Venice, hosts an interesting exhibition of works of art by both young and upcoming as well as already established artists, around the central theme of glass, expressed in a variety of its fascinating facets and characteristics.

The Exhibition is on display until September 23rd 2018 and definitely worth a visit!

photo by Marco Contessa

Exhibiting artists: Alice Biba, Antonia Trevisan, Cinzia Elena Capece, Svetlana Ostopovici, Veronica Croce, Tommaso Pitton, Elisabetta Guerra, Marco Contessa, Aldo Navoni, Federica Repetto.

Curator: Lisette Caputo

 

Location: Scoletta San Giovanni in Bragora –  you will love this little square; off the beaten track but close to St. Mark’s square.

The entrance is free of charge.

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Venice Redentore

Venice RedentoreThe Redentore is the celebration most loved by Venetians! It is a tradition that dates back to 1577, to remind the end of one of the most disastrous plagues in Venice history and is still commemorated today with “the famous night of fireworks” and an impressive 330-metre-long wooden bridge connecting the historical center to the Redentore Church on the Giudecca Island, purposely build for the occasion.

This year on Saturday July 14th 2018, the beautiful setting of St. Mark’s Basin hosts a truly fantastic firework display that lights up the city. Numerous small boats decked out with balloons, decorations and brightly colored lanterns, moor alongside each other in St. Mark’s Bay and the Giudecca Canal and all the participants enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional Venetian specialties while they wait for the spectacular fireworks that begin at 11.30 pm and last until well past midnight.

Want to join the festivities?
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Orsola Mainardis Jewelry – An exceptional selection of luxury accessories

Orsola Maindardis showroom
Orsola Mainardis showroom – photo by Orsola Mainardis

A visit to Orsola Mainardis’ showroom is a real hidden treasure in Venice. Located in the Dorsoduro district, away from the mass, Orsola welcomes you at her atelier in a sophisticated Venetian home, full of details and with a beautiful, unexpected, walled garden.

While enjoying a welcome drink, Orsola explains how her passion was born, how her jewels are made and where her inspiration comes from.

All the jewelry that Orsola creates are unique and one of a kind pieces, made with love and patience by expert hands.  The experience led her to combine traditional and modern working methods experimenting with unusual combinations of materials creating besides necklaces, earrings and bracelets, also beautiful handbags, diaries and handmade sandals embellished with pearls and precious fabrics. Orsola’s creations are synonymous to extrovert luxury but in a relaxed way.

Orsola Mainardis collection
photo by Orsola Mainardis

A visit to Orsola Mainardis’ showroom is really a visit to a small art exhibition in a Venetian house, an elegant and very suggestive experience.

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