The Venice Italy and Veneto Blog

The Venice Italy and Veneto Blog shares with you all that I love about Venice, the Veneto and Italy.

Join me, Maria and my family too, in discovering the wonderful places, restaurants, villages and even recipes of my Italy.

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What makes Italy Special and Unique?

Discovered, twenty things which make Italy special and unique? Be it an undiscovered village or dinner at a tiny restaurant in a marvelous hill top town you will find the best of Italy here...

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The Best Books about Venice Italy.

Looking for the best books about Venice Italy? Whether it is food, travel or history we may just have the answer for you..

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Discoveries while Lost in Venice

Getting lost in Venice is the best way to discover the amazing secrets and soul of this city. These amazing photos were all captured down the secret alleys and forgotten canals...

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Is Malcesine the Best Lake Garda Town?

Utterly charming is the only way to describe Malcesine, perhaps the best Lake Garda town. Many of the towns on the lake have that seaside feel but for some reason I notice it more here.

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Shopping in Venice - The Guide

Shopping in Venice is wonderful but you can get lost in a maze of souvenir shops. You'll avoid that if you know where to go. Discover the best places to shop - from markets to designer stores.

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The Perfect Cilento Holiday

Planning a Cilento Holiday? The Zizzania should be first on your list,.. coming here is like taking a journey back in time to when life was lived at a slower beaches in Cilento nearby

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Venice Italy - The 6 Things you HAVE to See

There's so much to see in Venice Italy that you can become overwhelmed. Before you despair, here is the list of the 6 sights you absolutely must see and everything you need to know about them.

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Share My Italy - You'll Love It!

Make yourself a coffee, relax ... now linger long over these photos of my Italy. Italy is not about rushing so spend your time here and savour the gorgeous beauty that is Italy...

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Venice Through my Painter's Eyes

I’ve been painting Venice watercolors for many years now! Every year, I take adult painting students with me. I rent an apartment for 2 or 3 weeks, always

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The Day Life Changed - My Solo Build It! Review

Solo Build It! review sounds pretty dull. It's not. Reading this could just change your life as it did mine. Read on...

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Insiders Guide to Venice Italy, Verona and the Veneto

Venice Italy is an incredible place and so is the region of Veneto. Why then do most of the millions of tourists who come here miss most of the good bits? Now there is no excuse!

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8 Unforgettable Places in Italy

We have discovered 8 Unforgettable Places in Italy. From Puglia to Piedmont this really is Italy at its most beautiful... want to share in the secret?

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A Blog about our Life in Italy

From working in an office to living the dolce vita in Italy; this is how sharing my love of Italy became my job.

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Venice Carnival & Venice Carnival Masks

Venice Carnival masks are famous throughout the world and the Carnival itself was recently voted as one of the world’s top five carnivals. Visit us for inside info on buying masks and carnival tips.

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Trattoria alla Vedova

A restaurant I can highly recommend in Venice, if you want genuine local food, is the Trattoria alla Vedova. My review explains why.

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6 Places to See near Venice

These 6 places to see near Venice are awesome. If you're visiting Venice don't miss out on seeing them.

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Bellevue Syrene Hotel Sorrento Italy

We stayed at the Bellevue Syrene Hotel when we visited the Amalfi Coast area and of all the places in Italy that we stayed at this offered the most of

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I Love Dorsoduro

Three years ago I rented a home in Dorsoduro for two weeks and it just wasn't long enough. I have missed it since I left. So this year in September I

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Beautiful Venice Italy

Maria is Italian and her love of Italy shines through in this stunningly visual guide to beautiful Venice Italy. You'll be swept up into an Italian dream world - except it's real!

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The Easter in Venice Guide

Easter in Venice is wonderful, there's a special feeling in the air and Easter is still celebrated in the traditional way. Be a part of it - click for more.

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Santa Marinello.....DON'T GO!!!!!

Stay away from Santa Marinello..... it may be a quick train ride from Rome, and the private (fee) beaches are great looking BUT the men who run them will

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The Best Beaches near Rome

Looking for the best beaches near Rome? Look no further! These are beaches with azure seas and endless soft sand, paradise right on the doorstep of Rome.

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Looking for a flight to Venice or Verona?

Looking for a flight to Venice or Verona? Our guide is essential reading. From anywhere in Europe or the USA we have your best options.

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The Best Veneto Hotels - Personally Selected by Maria

From Verona to Venice and beyond I have selected the best Veneto hotels and bed and breakfasts. My family has lived here for generations and these hotels are those I can recommend with confidence....

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Treviso Italy - The Friendliest Town in Italy?

Treviso Italy is often just the place you pass through on the way to Venice. Don't make this mistake. Spend a few days here and discover the friendliest town in Veneto and maybe Italy.

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12 Reasons to Move to Italy Now

Need a push to get going? Here are 12 Reasons to Move to Italy now and start living your life the dolce vita way.

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A Virtual Journey through Venetian Life

Real Venetian life is lived far from the tourist spots. Down the little canals and lanes is where you'll discover the real Venice.

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Inside Castello in Venice Italy

Castello in Venice is a get away from the theme park feel of St. Marks Square. In some ways this is small town Italy, old ladies gossiping in the squares and kids playing in the lanes.

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Italy & Venice Advertising Opportunity

Venice Advertising and sponsorship opportunities. A means for Italian related business to reach the world

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The Venice Italy Beach Guide

Come summer I can only take so much history before I need a beach. That's what the Venice Italy Beach Guide is all about. Discovering the best beaches near Venice.

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Venice Italy Vacation Rentals

Venice vacation rentals, the best way to really live the city & feel like a local. I love going to the outdoor market, coming home laden with local produce & great wine to cook up a pasta dish.

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Where In Italy Do You Belong?

Where In Italy do you belong? Take this short quiz to find the answer! Then start planning your next vacation or big move.

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