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...

“That has been my life’s work: striving to learn to make shoes that always fit and the refusal to put my name to any that do not fit.” Those are the words of maestro Salvatore Ferragamo himself, written in the preface to “Shoemaker of Dreams: The Autobiography of Salvatore Ferragamo.” Today, the Italian luxury goods company is bringing the story fu...

New secrets about Venice and its origins have been unveiled by exceptional findings made under the roof of Santa Maria Assunta basilica, in Torcello. While carrying out works in the attic area of the church, a team of archaeologists from the Università di Venezia, led by Diego Calaon, discovered frescoes dating back to the 9th century This is impor...

When you’re next in Venice, remember to look down and consider the non-slip stones beneath your feet. They have a story to tell. In the sleepy faded spa town of Battaglia Terme not far from Padua lies the key to the building of the great and unique city of Venice. The Euganean Hills around Battaglia Terme are extinct volcanic cones with hot springs...

Venetian cuisine is made with few ingredients but rich in taste. Although the city of Venice is famous all over the world for its immense beauty, art, architecture and history, few know its refined gastronomic tradition. Venetian cuisine: simplicity and influences from various cultures Venice was entirely built on water, built on hundreds of islets...

PONTE DELLE TETTE (BRIDGE OF the Tits) is one of the hundreds of small bridges that cross the waterways of Venice, but this particular span is unique for its connection with sex work. At the time of the Republic of Venice, sex work was very common, with more than 10,000 women supposedly engaged in the trade in the city. In an effort to contain this...

I love Venice. For me it’s one of the most enchanting cities in the world, a uniquely beautiful place that never ceases to mesmerize regardless of the season or time of day. Through its art and architecture, it flaunts its immense wealth, most accumulated by the Venetian Republic so many centuries ago. It’s a city of beautiful light that envelops i...