Less than a 30-minute ride on the high-speed train from Venice, Padua is too often disregarded from the majority of visitors. Yet, it makes for a great day trip from Venice, offering a glimpse into the rich history of a city that once was a powerful Comune. Home to Italy’s second oldest university, founded in 1222, Padua has retained the vivacious...

Celebrated throughout the world for its singular beauty, Venice and its lagoon were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1987.  Founded out of the necessity of fleeing the Barbarian Invasion in the 6th Century, Venice was already one of the most powerful cities in Europe around the year 1000. Beginning with the first settlements on t...

Murano is a small island in the Venetian lagoon in Italy. Although it is described as in island, it is in fact a series of small islands which are joined together with bridges. The island is mainly famous for its glass work and especially for its beautiful lamps. Murano was once a commune but it now falls under the jurisdiction of Venice. It is bel...

Tradition, innovation, and passion – these are the qualities that define the Santa Margherita family. With a vast array of vineyards spanning Italy’s best winemaking regions from north to south, and guided by sustainable and eco-friendly farming practices, they have since grown into one of Italy’s leading vineyards, producing distinctive and enjoya...

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Daniel Nigro was chief of operations for the New York Fire Department. By the end of the day, after 343 firefighters had died, including Peter J. Ganci Jr., the department chief, he was in charge. Mr. Nigro immediately became a public figure for collective grief. “We could see from the pictures that he was sad,” sa...

It almost doesn’t make sense, in a city suffused with rich color at every corner – purple, yellow, red, orange flowers cascading over balconies and iron railings, marble pillars of pink, blue-gray, white, and the green-black shadows on crystal green canals – that the very icon that epitomizes Venice in the minds of people world-wide would be black....

Traces of possible Byzantine coins have been found on the Holy Shroud of Turin pushing back a 1988 carbon dating of the relic to the fourteenth century, according to Padua university and US researchers in a new study published in the Journal of Cultural Heritage. The date-changing discovery was presented at the Conference on the Holy Shroud in Cana...

Long a city of aristocrats, luxury goods and trade, Venice has an amazing culture. Its fantasy-world atmosphere of elegant decay is like nowhere else in Europe. But with souvenir hawkers everywhere pushing cheap masks, glassy baubles and lacy doilies, it can come across as a tacky tourist trap. Look behind those tired cliches, though, and you'll ge...

Brocade, velvet, silk, damask: Rubelli has always created high-end fabrics destined to famous buildings, historical homes, embassies and museums all over the world. Many of the Venetian company’s creations have been the result of collaborations with renowned architects and designers, from Guido Cadorin to Gio Ponti, from Vittorio Zecchin to Umberto...

A desire to make a life-long difference with their summer adventures brought a group of inquisitive Italian children and teens to Caserma Ederle, July 31. U.S. Army Garrison Italy opened the doors of the installation to forty-five students and their chaperones from a local summer camp in nearby Fara Vicentino to learn more about the Army’s mission...