Standing at a glowing furnace on a boat at the foot of the Rialto Bridge on Venice’s Grand Canal, Matteo Tagliapietra blows glass in a mesmerizing demonstration of centuries-old Murano glassmaking. The world-famous brand might take pride of place in the souvenir shops that pepper the alleyways in the Italian lagoon city, but 70 percent of the glass...

The Venice Film Festival is wrapping up the first in-person COVID-era international cinema showcase, with critics, filmmakers and actors cheering organizers for having dared to hold the festival amid a pandemic and for demonstrating how to go to the movies again safely. The festival's coveted Golden Lion awards were being handed out Saturday night...

Most tourists in Venice, if they venture out to the islands, take the vaporetto number 12 from San Zaccaria or Fondamenta Nuova to Murano, the ‘glass island’ where the furnaces for the famous Venetian glass are still in use. The onward journey to Burano takes a further 25 minutes, and in the heat of summer the sea breezes are a bonus. Even on the d...

In normal times, the idea that you’d get a clear view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge or that you wouldn’t have to wait in line for hours to visit the Doge’s Palace is a fanciful delusion. But these aren’t normal times and in 2020 we have the rarest of sights: Venice without the crowds. It’s mid-August and my wife and I are wandering the...

Venezia, la Serenissima and bellissima Venezia. For centuries queen  of the  seas, always battling for the crown with Genova, la Superba. Hub of cultures, trends, people and…diseases. Yes because, as all places with high people passage and presence, Venezia had an issue or two in her history with epidemics.  With all the intelligence you would expe...

Tuesday, September 08, 2020. From 3:00 pm To 4:30 pm EDT. Zoom webinar. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. In this seminar, part of the #Raffaello500 series, prof. Giorgio Tagliaferro will discuss how Titian and Raphael, who arguably never met, although in different cultural contexts and under different circumstances, developed somewhat and at the same time, s...

The Venice Film Festival will put the accent on homegrown Italian cinema in September among its eclectic offering of international films, as the prestigious festival in its 77th year faces unprecedented challenges in the time of coronavirus. In a chaotic year that has seen the cancellation of rival competitions, shuttered film production and closed...

One of the most recent additions to Unesco’s list of Italian World Heritage sites is ‘Le colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene’, added in 2019. Cheers to that for sure.  Prosecco is a fresh, light and fruity fizzy white wine, with notes of white flowers, green apple and citrus fruits; it's versatile and pairs well with aperitif snacks...

There are few people as exuberantly in-tuned with the city of Venice as local Monica Cesarato. She is a tour guide and blogger giving visitors an in-depth lesson on La Serenissima but the coronavirus pandemic wiped out a year's worth a work in a matter of weeks. Instead of focusing solely on her own plight, Monica tirelessly is out there shouting f...

Every day since he was 22 years old, Marino Menegazzo has woken up, headed to his workshop, picked up an eight-kilo mallet, and relentlessly beaten thick blocks of gold with it. For two hours, he administers around 30,000 blows to the precious metal, until it’s flattened into a barely-there piece of foil weighing just 0.002 grams–200 times thinner...