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.

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Veneto Italy - An Insiders Guide

Veneto Italy is full of secrets, a place of great natural beauty, ancient medieval villages and two of the greatest cities on earth. Discover one of Italy's most beautiful regions...

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So Typically Italian - The 14 that Top the List

Even when far away from Italy there are 14 things that are typically Italian, reminding me of Italy whenever I encounter them. They make me long to return and some of them even reduce me to tears.

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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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The Best Tours of Venice Italy

The best tours of Venice Italy selected by an insider. Walking tours, gondola trips, St. Mark’s Basilica and even a creepy ghost tour. We have it all!

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The Home of Things to Do in Venice

Looking for unusual things to do in Venice? Apart from the 6 essentials we feature on the site why not visit a few of the secret corners of Venice? The Dorsoduro is a good place to start...

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The Best Thermo Spas near Venice Italy

Our complete guide to the thermo spas near Venice Italy. From where to stay through to what to see our insider guide will help you to plan the perfect stress-free visit. Just click to get started...

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St Marks Square - The Heart of Must See Venice Italy

St Marks Square is the most beautiful piazza in the entire world - any Venetian will tell you so. Sparkling with light and vibrant with color. Join me, Maria, in discovering my Venice...

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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 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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Polignano, Matera and the Cave Hotel

Polignano has to be one of Italy's best kept secrets. What an amazing little town and the restaurant in a cave is unforgettable. Then there is Matera where things get a little strange. Look at these photos...

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Padua Italy - A Home for the Heart

Padua Italy, known as Padova in Italian, has to be one of the loveliest of all Italian cities. There is so much to see and do here and it is a city that so many fall hopelessly in love with... I certainly did.

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The Best Luxury Hotels in Venice Italy

Which is the best of all the luxury hotels in Venice Italy? Read my insider’s guide and discover the answer. Awaiting you are not only the five best Venetian luxury hotels but...

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A Journey through Jewish Venice

Time Magazine calls the Venice Ghetto one of the world's 100 most important places. Join us in a visual exploration of Jewish Venice...

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What makes Italy Special and Unique?

Discovered, 20 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 Italian Bucket List

The essential Italian Bucket List - 11 things you have to do before you die. Number two on the list is the one I love most.

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The Best Hotel in Central Rome?

There is a hotel in Rome that is so very special, where breakfast is served under the orange trees with the fragrance of orange blossom infusing the air.

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Our Homemade Lasagna Recipe

I am Italian and here is the way I have always made lasagna. It is the way my mother taught me and this homemade lasagna recipe is something my family really love.

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A Good Value Hotel in Venice Italy

Looking for a good value hotel in Venice? We discovered a fantastic one this summer; great value and right by the Rialto Bridge

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A Guide to the Best Florence Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels

A handful of hotels and bed and breakfasts that you really should consider looking at if you're visiting Florence.

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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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THE Guide to Car Hire in Venice Italy

The Car Hire in Venice Italy Guide explores some of the better car rental options available and offers some invaluable tips.

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The Best of Italy - 12 Things You Must Do!

12 ways to experience the best of Italy. No museums here, just essential experiences that will stay with you forever

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An Insiders Guide to the Best Hotels on the Amalfi Coast

Fragrance of jasmine & lemons in the air, colorful cottages tumble down to azure seas far below. This convent is the best hotel on the Amalfi coast...

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Discovered! The Best Beaches near Amalfi

Stunning beaches sandwiched between towering cliffs and aquamarine seas. If you are looking for the best beaches near Amalfi or Positano here they are.

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Beautiful Venice Italy

Enjoy this stunningly visual guide to beautiful Venice Italy, the Italian Lakes and Tuscany. You'll be swept up into an Italian dream world .

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Alleghe Lake & Town - Stuff of Fairytales

Soaring mountain spires, Alleghe Lake calming in cornflower blue and wooden houses welcoming you with impossibly overflowing window boxes and balconies of flowers.

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Christmas in Italy? Everything You Need is Here!

Planning a Christmas in Italy? I have everything you need - advice on Italian Christmas traditions, insider tips, weather, great value accommodation picks and a guide to the best restaurants.

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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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9 Secrets of Southern Italy

Grab your bucket list...I've 9 Secrets from Southern Italy to share with you. Can you believe places like this even exist?

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Osteria al Duca - A Taste of Tradition

In the 13th century house where Romeo (of Romeo and Juliet fame) once lived exists an Osteria, the oldest in Verona. Here the traditional dishes of centuries past are still served and history seems to hang in the very air that you breathe.

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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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Discovering the Best of Venice

The best of Venice - 6 experiences you simply must have if you are visiting Venice. Here is the list...

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Recent Articles

  1. Veneto Italy - An Insiders Guide

    Veneto Italy is full of secrets, a place of great natural beauty, ancient medieval villages and two of the greatest cities on earth. Discover one of Italy's most beautiful regions...

    Read More

  2. So Typically Italian - The 14 that Top the List

    Even when far away from Italy there are 14 things that are typically Italian, reminding me of Italy whenever I encounter them. They make me long to return and some of them even reduce me to tears.

    Read More

  3. 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.

    Read More

  4. The Best Tours of Venice Italy

    The best tours of Venice Italy selected by an insider. Walking tours, gondola trips, St. Mark’s Basilica and even a creepy ghost tour. We have it all!

    Read More

  5. The Home of Things to Do in Venice

    Looking for unusual things to do in Venice? Apart from the 6 essentials we feature on the site why not visit a few of the secret corners of Venice? The Dorsoduro is a good place to start...

    Read More

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