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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!

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.

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Fulvio Roiter at the Casa dei Tre Oci

The Casa dei Tre Oci presents the first exhibition dedicated to Fulvio Roiter after his death in 2016, presenting the most complete monographic ever realized on the author.  A tribute to the photographer who more than any other has linked the image of Venice to his name.

The exhibition, curated by Denis Curti,  shows through 200 photographs the greatness and the internationality of Fulvio Roiter’s work; Images, full of significance, that take you on an amazing journey from Venice and the lagoon to Umbria, Sicily and Sardinia, but also to New Orleans, Belgium, Portugal, Andalusia and Brazil. To return, in the end, home to his beloved Venice.

The exposition is on display until August 26th 2018.

Casa Dei Tre OciThe Casa dei Tre Oci (translated “the house of the 3 eyes”) is a splendid example of early 20th-century neo-Gothic Venetian architecture. Designed by the artist Mario De Maria (Marius Pictor) and built in 1913 on Giudecca island, offering incomparable views of St Mark’s basin, the square and the Doge’s Palace.

The building was declared a monument of historical and artistic interest in 2007 by the Veneto Regional Direction for Cultural and Landscape Assets and, after careful restoration, the Casa dei Tre Oci became a public exhibition venue in 2012. It has since hosted a number of important photography exhibitions with world famous names like Sebastiao Salgado, Helmut Newton, Rene Burri, Ferdinando Scianna, David Lachapelle and Werner Bischoff. Definitely worth a visit to see a different Venice.

The Casa dei Tre Oci is also available for private events.

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Explore Prosecco!

Villa SandiVilla Sandi is a beautiful example of a Venetian Villa, dating back to 1622, build in the style of the famous architect Andrea Palladio with the characteristic Roman and Greek influences, with rooms decorated with stuccoes and bass-relieves and dominated by Murano glass chandeliers.

When the Venetian Republic expanded, between the 14th and 15th century, to the Veneto Mainland, the Venetian aristocracy, until then mainly involved with merchant trading from which they received good incomes, became very interested in increasing their possessions of large pieces of land accompanied by large investments in agriculture, among which also vineyards producing the now world famous Prosecco.

The symbol of this wealth was the Venetian villa, sumptuously decorated and used by the family as holiday home during the summer months.

Today Villa Sandi is the headquarters of the winery producing a range of excellent wines with a worldwide distribution and representing an important landmark in the wine culture of Italy.

Enjoy a guided visit of Villa Sandi and the beautiful seventeenth century Villa in Palladian style. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the different methods of wine making and take you through the underground cellars and hidden passageways dating back to the Great War, followed by a wine tasting.

After the visit to the winery enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner at the Locanda Sandi, set in the green heart of Valdobbiadene.

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Private boat tour of the Venice Lagoon discovering Churches & Cloisters

Board your private boat with a skilled captain for a 4 hour cruise of the Venice lagoon, discovering Churches & Cloisters:

In the past many islands have been colonized by religious congregations. Just across San Marco’s basin lies the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The beautiful Palladian façade of the church invites people to visit the whole island, also called the “cypress island” as the first settlement of a Benedictine community. The island offers a breathtaking view of Venice from the top of the bell tower.

Proceeding towards Lido meet a little jewel of the lagoon, the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, dedicated to St Lazarous, patron of leprous, in fact the island was first a leper hospital. After centuries of decay, at the beginning of the 18th century, a community of Armenian monks settled here and they turned the old building into a monastery. The islands became an incredible cultural centre, world famous for the collection of books and the typography opened in 1789.

Heading north, after passing by the islands of Sant’Andrea and Sant’Erasmo, the next stop is the island of San Francesco del Deserto, recognizable by a small cypress wood. Since 1227 it has housed a friary founded by San Francesco from Assisi on his way back from the Holy Land during the 5th crusade. It is here that the “Miracle of the birds” took place. The tour starts from the little church and small cloister to a stroll in the beautiful garden.

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.

This tour can also be organized for larger groups.

Venice boat experience

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Perfume in Florence

Personalized Perfume Making – Florence

Tuscany has a long tradition of production of fragrances and essence oils, that prospered when Caterina de’ Medici brought her personal Florentine perfumer to the French court, back in the 16th century.

Still today the Art of Perfumery is well kept secret…. a secret for you to discover as you dive into scents and essential oils with an experience in which you wil be the creator of your own fragrance.

A 2 hour hands-on program to make your own fragrance and amenities in a historical Erboristeria which will be opened for you exclusively during your perfume session.

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Sail Ischia

Private Boat trip to Ischia:

Departing from the ports of Positano or Sorrento, you will board your private boat with experienced skipper for a full day out touring the island of Ischia by boat .

Sailing along the Coast towards the Punta Campanella, marine reserve, you will see the island of Capri in the distance and, just before arriving at Ischia, the third island of the Gulf of Naples, the picturesque and traditional island of Procida.

Arriving at Ischia and going towards the left, a first stop at the bay of Sant’Angelo, an ancient fisherman and sailors’ village, and possibility to swim in the Sorgeto Bay with natural pools of hot thermal water. After passing the wonderful Punta Imperatore with its lighthouse, the journey continues towards the bay of  Citara, an old legend has it that the rocks, which can be seen in this bay, were in origin sailors transformed into stones as a punishment for passing through. On Citara beach you will also find the famous Thermal Park of the Island : the Gardens of Poseidon.

A perfect place to stop for a swim is the San Montano beach, situated in an inlet, where according to the legend, one of the patrons of the island, Saint Restituta, arrived from Africa. Very particular are the fine sand, the shallow floors and the crystal water. After this the journey continues on the eastern part of the island, going past the towns of Lacco Ameno and Casamicciola terme to the port of Ischia which is special and charming for its natural form.

And last but definitely not least you will arrive at the magnificient Aragonese Castle, an impressive structure with a rich history linked with a 220 mt bridge to the main island of Ischia. Stop here at the Bay of Cartaromana and the rocks of Sant’Anna, a true paradise, where you can enjoy a wonderful lunch with local specialties at restaurant Giardino Eden.

After lunch there is another possibility to have a swim or enjoy some sightseeing and at 5 p.m. departure back to Positano or Sorrento.

Your private boat is a Tornado Flash 38, or similar maximum capacity 9 persons (including captain). The boat features a cabin, padded seating and sundeck areas, fresh water shower, private toilet, mineral water and Audio Sound System.

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Jheronimus Bosch and Venice

From 18 February till 4 June 2017 an extraordinary exhibition is hosted at the Doge’s apartments at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice.

 

Wild visions, convulsive scenes, hallucinatory landscapes with cities burning in the background, monsters and dreamlike creatures of the strangest shapes: this is the world of Jheronimus Bosch, the fascinating and enigmatic painter who lived between circa 1450 and 1516 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands.

The exhibition, co-produced by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the Museo Nazionale Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia, will focus on the three great Bosch paintings conserved in the Gallerie dell’Accademia – two triptychs and four panels – restored to their former glory thanks to a major campaign of restoration financed by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project (BRCP) and the Getty Foundation of Los Angeles, together with almost 50 other contextual works from important public and private international collections, including paintings by such artists as Palma Il Giovane, Quentin Massys, Jan Van Scorel and Joseph Heintz.

Entrance to the exhibition can be purchased separately or as part of the Doge’s Palace Entrance with a little surcharge.

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Photography at the Casa Tre Oci in Venice

Casa Dei Tre OciThe Casa dei Tre Oci (translated “the house of the 3 eyes”) is a splendid example of early 20th-century Venetian architecture. Designed by the artist Mario De Maria (Marius Pictor) and built in 1913 on Giudecca island, offering incomparable views of St Mark’s basin, the square and the Doge’s Palace.

The building is one of the main examples of neo-Gothic architecture in Venice and as such has been declared a monument of historical and artistic interest in 2007 by the Veneto Regional Direction for Cultural and Landscape Assets.  After careful restoration the Casa dei Tre Oci became a public exhibition venue in 2012 and has since hosted a number of important photography exhibitions with world famous names like Sebastiao Salgado, Helmut Newton and currently on display until January 8th 2017: Rene Burri and Ferdinando Scianna.

Utopia by René Burri (Zurich 1933-2014) collects together for the first time over 100 images devoted to architecture by this great Swiss artist, with shots of famous buildings and portraits of architects. Burri’s photography aims to recount the great transformational processes and the historical, political, and cultural changes of the twentieth century and certain people who were part of it (especially his portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso are unforgettable).

The top floor of the Casa dei Tre Oci is devoted to the work of one of the most important Italian photographers, Ferdinando Scianna (Bagheria, 4 July 1943). In occasion of the 500 years since the foundation of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice (on 29 March 1516), Scianna, commissioned by the Fondazione di Venezia, has undertaken a typical Street Photography reportage by collecting together images of the everyday life of the Ghetto in current days.

Definitely worth a visit so see a different Venice!

The Casa dei Tre Oci is also available for events.

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ITALY TRAVEL TIPS – 8 things good to know before you travel to Italy

Cathedral of Milan1) Plan your dress to go with your sight-seeing!

When visiting a church or a cathedral, make sure you wear appropriate attire. Knees and shoulders covered, for both men and women!  Many places have signs posted asking visitors not to enter wearing shorts or sleeveless tops and in some places you will not be allowed to enter; so plan your dress to go with your sight-seeing or have a little vest in your bag.

Also do pack comfortable shoes. The majority of city centers are best enjoyed walking around but the uneven historical cobblestone streets can make it difficult. Leave those fashionable heels for a nice evening out!

2) Don’t rely on credit cards only

Even if it is getting more and more accepted, in Italy there are still many places that do not take credit cards. Therefore don’t forget to always have some cash or stop at an ATM.

Many small family-run restaurants and shops, bed and breakfasts and outdoor markets require cash payments or only accept credit card if the total is over a certain amount. American Express is not always accepted or there could be a surcharge that is added to the bill.

Traveler’s checks are rarely used for getting cash in Italy and if you do find a place to change them, you are likely to pay a big fee.

3) Get day-passes if you plan to use public transport

If you plan on using public transport to move around the bigger cities, look into buying a 1 (or multiple) day pass, it will enable you to get on and off public transport when and where you wish. Tickets can be bought at the larger stations or at most of the tobacco/newspaper shops but not on board.

And if you take a regional train, don’t forget to validate your ticket before you get on.

If you want to take a taxi, remember you cannot hail one on the street, you will have to call or go to the taxi stand.

Rome coliseum4) Buy your tickets for top sights and museums in advance

During high season the most important sights get really busy and it would be a pity to waste your time standing in line for an hour or two or miss out completely.

Buy your tickets in advance for some of Italy’s top attractions like: The Last Supper in Milan, the Doges Palace and St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Vatican Museum and Coliseum in Rome, Uffizi and Accademia Galaries in Florence.

But do not overplan, leave enough time to wonder around and enjoy breathing in the local atmosphere, some of the best and most unexpected places can be seen while getting lost.

5) Don’t order latte!

Latte in Italian means milk! If you order a “latte” it is very likely that you will end up with a glass of milk.

There are numerous varieties on how Italians drink their coffee but you are probably best off ordering a “Cappuccino”, if you want coffee with milk, an “Espresso” if you want the real Italian coffee or a “Caffè Americano” if you prefer the less strong version.

Keep in mind that in many places there is a surcharge if you sit at a table so if you just want a quick coffee, do as the Italians do and stand at the counter.

piatto di pasta6) Food:  when in Rome do as the Romans do….try to eat local!

Italy is famous for their great and varied food culture and food is definitely an extremely important part of Italian life!

While in some occasions a quick panino or tramezzino is a great option, the Italians do like to sit down to thoroughly enjoy a proper lunch and dinner.

Every region has its own specialties and for the best culinary experience really try to stick to local food: Pizza is widely available all over Italy but actually originates from Naples so the best pizza ever you will definitely eat there!

In Milan you will find the best risotto alla Milanese (with saffron), Genoa is for pesto, Bologna for tortellini, ravioli and bolognese sauce. The best spaghetti alla carbonara and all’amatriciana are served in Rome. When in Florence you cannot miss the Bistecca alla Fiorentina (T-bone steak). Fantastic fish all around the coast line and polenta, mushrooms and a large variety of salami and other cold cuts in the mountains and countryside.

Local dishes are of course always accompanied by local wines. Remember that in Italy you won’t get refills of sodas or soft drinks and a lot of times you might have to ask for ice.

Lunch is served between 12.30 and 2.30 pm and Dinner between 7.30 and 9.30 pm, most restaurants don’t open before that time and some do close the kitchen at 9.30 pm. Best to make a reservation in advance.

“Fettucine Alfredo” and “Spaghetti with meatballs” don’t exist in Italy. You will also never find pasta with chicken. Pasta is considered a first course, fish or meat a second course and vegetables and potatoes are a side dish, often to be ordered separately.

When eating with Italians, the menu will most likely have multiple courses: starting off with a series of appetizers followed by a pasta dish (or two), then the main course and finally a desert… leave some space for the next dish, you certainly won’t leave the table hungry.

7) Tipping

Tip if you are happy with the service!

Tips are always welcomed but remember wait staff, bartenders, taxi drivers do get paid for doing their jobs and the American custom of tipping between 10% and 20% it is not expected.

Round up the bill or leave some additional change, if you have received a good service it is nice to leave a sign of appreciation.

Driving in Italy8) When you decide to Drive in Italy

To drive in Italy, you must be over 18 and in possession of a valid driver’s license. If you are from one of the EU member states your license is valid for driving in Italy. Are you from outside of the EU it is best to check with the rental company whether or not you require an International Drivers Permit, in some cases your national drivers license together with your passport is sufficient.

Just as a reminder: Keep right and overtake on the left. Headlights must be used on the motorway also during daytime.

Pay attention for the limited traffic zones, the ZTL (zona a traffico limitato), it is off limits for everybody without a permit. The historical centers are usually a limited traffic area and they are clearly marked. Cameras are posted at the entrance to a ZTL, taking photos of license plates as cars enter and you will receive a fine if you enter without permission. You can receive these tickets in the mail even six months or a year later, often through your rental car company. Do ask your hotel for information if it is located in a limited traffic zone.

While having a GPS for driving is certainly very useful, however, like everywhere, it is not a good idea to rely only on the GPS. Also it is common in Italy that several towns have the same name, just they can be in different regions and very far from where you want to be. So do keep a map handy.

 

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