We are in the midst of Carnevale celebrations and we can’t help thinking- or for the luckier ones, experiencing  in reality – about how beautiful and artistic some of the masks worn around are and there aren’t any more beautiful than those produced by the Venetian masks tradition.  Mind, I’m actually talking about the physical masks you place on yo...

How is Venice changing after a rather difficult year 2019, and what is important to know for visitors now? While outwardly, the city is beautiful as always, there are a few things you need to take into account to prepare your visit in 2020 ff. In this post, we share our favorite resources (books, travel tips, travel websites). While some resources...

Tuesday February 11th 7:00pm - 9:00pm. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Register Now. A unique perspective of the famed revelry and rituals of Carnevale. Presented by: Anita Sanseverino. With her vibrant and beautiful photographs of Venetian costumes and masks, Anita Sanseverino will illu...

When one thinks of carnivals, Venice’s bright, picturesque masked festival is likely to pop into mind. First celebrated in the 11th century, it used to start on December 26 and ran for six whole weeks. Now it takes place in February and March. Carnival however predates Venice. The origin of the term “carnival” stems from the Latin “carnem levare” –...

Venice's Caffè Florian, the world's oldest coffee house, is preparing to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2020. The landmark Venetian bar, nestled amid the arcades of the central Piazza S. Marco, has been serving locals and visitors to the lagoon city for three centuries. Opened on 29 December 1720, Alla Venezia Trionfante - as it was called orig...

A 1.2 metre (four foot) high glass barrier has been suggested as a way to protect the world-famous monument and its priceless mosaics from the acqua alta, or tidal flooding, which happens regularly in the lagoon city. The basilica's famous coloured marble and gold-leaf mosaics were swamped with sewage and the crypt left under a metre of corrosive s...

Glitz. Glamour. Bling. No matter the era, the lifestyles of the rich and famous are fascinating to those of us with a voyeuristic streak. During the Renaissance, Italy was rife with opulent homes filled with priceless art collections and owners who wanted to show them off. After the Middle Ages came an economic boom and a new reverence for classica...

The fisherman’s island of Burano sits in the Venetian lagoon and, like most of Venice, is run through by a system of canals. While Venice can take on a melancholy feel, Burano’s cheery and brightly painted houses stand out. Burano is made up of a group of four small islands linked together by a series of bridges and held together even more solidly...

January 30 - February 28. Best Medicine Rep Theatre at Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MDCelebrating Commedia dell'Arte at its best, Comedy of Venice features Money, Power, Love, and a Grand Canal! Comedy of Venice is the hilarious true story of Venetian authors Carlo Goldoni (The Servant of Two Masters) and Carlo Gozzi (Turandot...

Wednesday, January 22, 7:30PM. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960. This film fully immerses audiences in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance.With the enchanting narrative voice of two-time Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, cinema audiences visit places that evoke and preserve the memory o...