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From the Founding of Venice to the Present

Happy Founders Day! Today marks the anniversary of the creation of Venice, attributed to March 24 in the year 421 at noon. This day coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation and the founding of the church of San Giacomo … Continue reading

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Virtual Venice with Luisella Romeo

Today I should have been arriving in France, followed by travels in Rome and then Venice. Of course, the corona virus has prevented me from making this trip. This will be only the second time since 1996 that I will … Continue reading

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Casanova in Istria

Vrsar in Croatia is promoting travel with a Casanova Tour. Here’s their website and a link to their video. Casanova visited the area a couple times in his life, and the tourism board is trying to use this to its … Continue reading

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Live Chat on Instagram!

Monica Cesarato and I are defying the shelter in place rule to meet for a live chat–on Instagram! So I guess we’re not really defying any rule, but we just want to hang out and chat across the time zones. … Continue reading

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Punching a Gondolier? What’s Next?

Tourists sink to new lows! This week a tourist decided to board a docked gondola to take photos of herself. When she was questioned, her husband head butted the gondolier and then socked him in the face! Here’s the story … Continue reading

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The Curious Guide

“We have to be curious when we travel in Italy.” Luisella Romeo reminds us of this in her interview with Italy Chronicles on April 6. Her curiosity is certainly one of the traits that makes her a great tour guide. … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Luisella Romeo

Luisella Romeo’s reputation preceded her. I had heard so much about her knowledge and passion for Venice before I got to meet her last summer. I was also delighted to have her contribute to First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of … Continue reading

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Hide and Seek

Ancient kitchens in the Ospedaletto? A farmer’s market at the women’s prison? A late night library? These are some of the intriguing places included in a recent article in Italy Magazine, which I thought I’d share with you today: “The … Continue reading

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The Little Wicket

Henry James said of Venice in 1872: “There are trailers who think the place odious, and those who are not of this opinion often find themselves wishing that the others were only more numerous. The sentimental tourists’ sole quarrel with … Continue reading

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Shmoozer Convention

What do people go to travel conventions for? Is it the drawings for free trips? The stacks of brochures? Brightly colored shoulder bags proclaiming things like, “Palm Springs: Like No Place Else!”? I went to hear Rick Steves and to … Continue reading

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