Tucked into a little dead-end that you might otherwise pass right by is one of my favorite hidden wonders in La Serenissima. The spiral staircase of Venice is officially known as La Scala Contarini del Bovolo. In Venetian “bovolo” means snail shell, which is usually known as a “chiocchiola” in Italian. The pretty stairs do indeed give the impressio...

Although the city is still closed to tourists, gondoliers have donned their iconic white-and-blue striped shirts, as well as gloves and face masks, to transport locals. Tape has been placed in each vessel to help passengers maintain social distancing requirements while onboard. According to Giovanni Giusto, the city councillor for the Protection of...

An Italian pianist has treated local residents in Venice to a beautiful outdoor concert while sailing down one of the city’s most colorful canals. Ever since Italy’s lockdown measures were put in place to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the usually bustling Grand Canal has seemed much quieter than usual – but now, the soothing sound of a grand pia...

The Venice Film Festival will go ahead as scheduled at the beginning of September, Luca Zaia, the governor of the region around the Italian city said on Sunday as the spread of the new coronavirus in the country slows. Organized by the Biennale di Venezia company, Venice is the world's longest running film festival. In January it announced that Cat...

A few days before Italy is set to lift restrictions across much of the country after being locked down since March 10, the streets of Venice are starting to spring back to life. There are no tourists here just yet. Instead the noise is from vacuum cleaners and sanitation crews inside stores that are getting ready for the grand reopening on May 18....

Magazzino’s Co-Founders Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu will discuss the development of their passion for and collection of Murano glass. Murano Glass: Olnick Spanu Collection, a film by Anton Giulio and Siretta Onofri, providing insight into, as well as footage of, glass production in the storied factories of Venice and featuring interviews with Na...

In Venice, the lagoon, like the rest of the city, is resting. There are no giant cruise ships damaging its fragile ecosystem; there’s very little boat traffic, so sediments are not being stirred up and waters are more transparent than ever. The only boats you see are the garbage collection boats and those that carry food provisions to the Rialto ma...

Alberto Barbera, Artistic Director of the Venice Film Festival, has outlined some of the coronavirus preventative measures that the event could employ for its next edition in September, if the fest does go ahead. Quoted in Italian outlet ANSA, Babera said that Venice would likely take place in a “necessarily experimental” form for 2020. “There will...

Venice is a city of surprises, filled with contrasts and apparent contradictions that, somehow, fluidly coexist. It’s a city of water and of stone, the most pliant and most solid of natural substances. For much of its history Venice has been guided by BOTH church and state and by both honor and profit. And, like the Roman god Janus, Venice has alwa...

Friday, May 1, 2020. 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm. 45 minutes lecture, 15 minutes Q & A. The webinar will take place online through Cisco Webex. The webinar is $10 for all Filitalia members and non members. RSVP is required, so please reserve your ticket online. REGISTER NOW Join Angela Cacciarru and discover three fascinating cities -Venezia (Venice), Chiogg...