Venice has topped travellers’ bucket lists for centuries, but in recent years the city has struggled to cope with mass tourism, while tension has grown between visitors and locals. By the 17th century, a trip to Venice had become a rite of passage for upper class northern Europeans, who flocked to the lagoon city as part of the Italian Grand Tour....

From June 25 to June 28, 2017, more than 125 Save Venice supporters from around the world gathered in Venice for the biennial Gran Gala a Venezia: A Venetian Affair. These four unforgettable days were filled with engaging expert-led visits to Save Venice’s restorations around the city, sumptuous meals in beautiful Venetian settings, and evening per...

In terms of this week’s soccer friendlies, Tuesday’s Detroit City FC-Venezia FC encounter might be dismissed as an undercard to the following day’s AS Roma-Paris Saint Germain clash at Comerica Park. That would be shortsighted. Perhaps no soccer team has compiled a more compelling story than the Winged Lions of Venice. In two short years, the club...

Verona is the city of love, and to pay tribute to William Shakespeare, the author that made it famous around the world, you must visit the places of the ultimate romantic tragedy: Romeo and Juliet. Undoubtedly the first destination is the house of Juliet, visited by thousands of tourists every year. This is the Stallo del Cappello, an old tower hou...

In 2005, David Griffin and James Ferrara hosted a weeklong house party at a restored villa in Italy’s northeastern Veneto region. Villa Saraceno, built in 1545, is one of 20 or so surviving estates designed by Andrea Palladio, one of the greatest Italian architects of the Renaissance. During their stay, Griffin and Ferrara became smitten with the v...

Eating and partying: two things Italians take very seriously. So seriously in fact that the country’s most famous jewellery house has dedicated its latest High Jewellery collection to the Italian art of throwing a ‘festa’. Launched with a suitably extravagant party in Venice, the collection is Bulgari’s most celebratory yet. Over 100 pieces fall in...

Italy's Transport Ministry is working on a solution to the problem of large cruise ships in Venice, the city's mayor has said, with the latest proposal a relocation of the biggest boats. The ministry is reportedly planning to move the largest cruise ships to the port of Marghera, a port city on the mainland opposite Venice, which was developed in t...

UNESCO has added another Italian site to its list of unique and irreplaceable cultural and natural heritage, the Italian culture minister announced Sunday. The new World Heritage site is called the Venetian Works of Defence, a complex enclave of fortifications designed and built by the ancient seafaring Republic of Venice between the 15th-17th cent...

“It makes me feel good to see that so many people still care about love.” Elena responds to thousands of letters asking for romantic advice each year, but she's not an agony aunt or relationship guru. She's a secretary to Juliet, the fictional heroine of Shakespeare's play, and answers the thousands of letters which come addressed to her in Verona...

The furnaces glow orange and belch heat. And at around 3,000 degrees, something almost magical takes place: a sand mixture melts and becomes glass. The molten concoction can then, like candy, be squeezed, pulled or shaped. It's a craft they've been perfecting on this Italian island for generations. In this "glass Mecca," there's no mistaking the do...