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....

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...

The purity and beauty of Venetian glass is known worldwide: a precious and ancient tradition that speaks of quality, beauty, elegance and creativity. At the heart of Venice’s artistic glass production is the tiny island of Murano and it’s there our journey through the history and making of murine (or murrina) is about to start. We’ll travel in time...

When you think about it, Italians must find our Anglo-Saxon style of rowing bizarre, sitting down and travelling backwards. Perhaps theirs is more logical, as well as more elegant: think of a gondolier, for instance. Italians row standing up, facing forwards and with one oar or two. It is a very popular form of exercise and spectacle, nowhere more...

Friday, July 12, 7:30 PM. Shalin Liu Performance Center. 37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966. Purchase tickets here. Recognized as one of the premier baroque ensembles in the world, Italy’s Venice Baroque Orchestra brings an all-Italian program, celebrating the rich musical history of their homeland. The Orchestra joins with Grammy nominated mandoli...

Tuesday, June 18th @ 7:00 PM. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere. 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. "Venice: A Preserve of a Bygone Civilization" presented by Francesco Bonavita, PhD. MEMBERS: $15 per person. NON-MEMBERS: $20 per person (cash, check or credit cards accepted). Refreshments and a light reception will follow. C...

Visitors caught snacking, sunbathing or taking a dip in Venice's canals risk being kicked out of the city and banned from returning, under the latest rules aimed at reining in disruptive tourists. The lagoon city reserves the right to punish ill-mannered visitors the same way that police tackle football hooligans: with an order that bans them from...

“Questa nuova affermazione della famiglia Rana è un importante riconoscimento a un modello di quell’imprenditoria veneta che si impone a livello internazionale facendosi forza su quattro pilastri fondamentali: sacrificio e qualità da un lato, identità e innovazione dall’altro. Mi congratulo con il cavalier Giovanni Rana, con l’ad Gian Luca e tutta...

For a city so deeply rooted in history and traditions—from its 14th-century palazzi and Byzantine basilicas to its boats-only transport system—Venice is perennially popular with modern-day travelers. (So much so that over-tourism and a proposed “day visitor” tax geared towards cruise-ship passengers have become big topics of conversation.) But the...