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Great Venice Souvenirs: Masks

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Venetian mask making has experienced a rebirth. In the time of the Republic, the mask trade was vibrant—Venetians used masks all year long to go about town incognito—but it was suppressed by Napoléon, a by-product of his effort toRead more

Great Venice Souvenirs: Murano Glass

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Perhaps it’s a matter of character that Venice, a city whose beauty depends so much upon the effects of shimmering, reflected light, also developed glass—a material that seems to capture light in solid form—as an artistic and expressive medium.Read more

Let’s Get Lost in Venice

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Getting around Venice presents some unusual problems: the city’s layout has few straight lines; house numbering seems nonsensical; and the six sestieri of San Marco, Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, and San Polo all duplicate each other’s street names.Read more

Most Famous Venetian Phrases

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Venice is one of the few Italian cities where the local dialect is still alive and well. Much of the language you will hear in Venice is not Italian, but rather Venetian, or Italian heavily laced with Venetian. VenetianRead more

Venice Art Biennale

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A Venice institution, the Biennale (as the name suggests) started as an art festival held every two years, but during the century-plus of its existence it has outgrown the name, becoming one of the world’s major interdisciplinary art expositions.Read more

Regional Wines to Try in Venice

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Tre Venezie regional wines (from the Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia) go far beyond the famous Amarone, and include some spectacular whites like the crisp Malvasia and Tocai, the smooth Garganega (Soave) and Ribolla Pialla, along with theRead more

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