Venice: the “Blue Danube” Live from Piazza San Marco

Venice Cafe Florian

The Café Florian Quintet plays Strauss’s famous Waltz in St Mark’s Square, Venice After a vigorous rendition of Ravel’s “Bolero”, the small, five-piece orchestra on the stage outside the famous Café”Florian” in Piazza San Marco strike up the opening bars of Strauss’s “Blue Danube” waltz, much to the delight of the still sizeable audience sitting […]

Venice in Acqua Alta: Live From Piazza San Marco

Venice Acqua Alta

High Water at High Noon: Keep Your Balance in St. Mark’s Square – or Go for a Paddle! “Acqua Alta” is Italian for “High Water“, and when a big tide comes into Venice’s lagoon, that’s exactly what you get in Piazza San Marco and many pedestrian streets. Fortunately, it usually only happens from autumn to […]

Venice: Live aboard a Gondola through the Hidden Canals

Gondola ride on the Grand Canal

Hidden waterways, live music, gondola drag racing, Armani spotting and general mayhem Escaping from the Grand Canal, the gondolas explore the hidden canals running through the back blocks of Venice, winding their way along the narrow waterways towards Piazza San Marco. Inaccessible if the tide is high, these Venetian “side streets” provide a glimpse into […]

Venice: Live from Gondolas on the Grand Canal

Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal

Six gondolas, live musical accompaniment, and a lot of “Prosecco” – beware, tourists! Six gondolas abreast down the Grand Canal? Tony and Helen Page brave a slightly out-of-control shared gondola cruise (maybe the prosecco had something to do with it) that starts off at the Rialto Bridge and parties on down the famous Venetian waterway. […]

Venice Connected and Vaporetto Tickets

VeniceConnected

Buying Your Vaporetto Tickets On-line With Venice Connected You can now buy your transport ticket on-line through the Venice Connected website. Venice Connected vaporetto travel ticket prices used to be based on your planned date of travel and vary depending on whether it’s Low/Medium season, Medium/High season or Peak period and it was possible to […]

Tony Page reviews Bianca Reyes’ “Venice for rookies” eBook

Venice for rookies ebook

A Venice insider’s view on the best hotels, restaurants, shopping and places to see We’re off to Italy in August, with a couple of stops in Venice, so I was especially interested in reviewing Bianca Reyes’ “Venice for rookies” eBook. Let’s hope you think my words are worth your time reading them! A Ten Year […]

Venice Water Taxis (Motoscafi)

Water Taxi, Venice, Italy

Motoscafi (water taxis) are Venice’s limousines The fastest, and most glamorous, way to get around Venice is by motoscafo (water taxi), especially the retro mahoghany-hulled ones. These boats are especially convenient when it rains, because you can sit inside their enclosed cabin. Venice Water Taxi Rates But they are expensive: there is a minimum set […]