Libreria Acqua Alta – A Hidden Gem in Venice

Libreria Acqua Alta

Libreria Acqua Alta is a Unique Second-hand Bookshop with an Eccentric Owner: Wandering around Castello, we came across the Libreria Acqua Alta, a bookshop whose welcome sign says that it is “the most beautiful Bookshop in the World”. To me, that was like waving a red flag to a bull as I thought that I […]

Gliding the Canals of Venice in an Iconic Gondola

Venice Gondola Rides

No Trip to Venice is Complete Without a Gondola Ride: It’s been decades since I took my last gondola ride and it came as a surprise to me to see the large number of gondolas gliding on the canals of Venice filled with willing customers. Some may say that gondola rides are touristy or tacky, […]

A Visit to the Rialto Fish Market to See What’s Cooking in Venice

Rialto Fish Market

Rialto Fish Market – Mercato del Pesce in Venice: Getting up early for sightseeing isn’t our idea of a fun thing to do on holidays, but to catch the action at the Rialto fish market (Mercato del Pesce) we made the effort. To see the stallholders receiving their barge loads of seafood supplies would have […]

How to get to St. Mark’s Square: Venice Guide

Piazza San Marco

How to get to St. Mark’s Square from just about everywhere in Venice Let’s face it, at some stage every visitor to Venice wants to get to Piazza San Marco, St. Mark’s Square, and the truth is that there are little signposts to it from just about everywhere. Unfortunately, Venetian street directions can leave something […]

Gondolas in Venice

Gondolas off the Piazetta, San Marco, Venice

Gondolas in Venice Not just a rowing boat – how it’s built, traditions and "the gearbox"… A Gondola can be up to 11 metres long and 600 kg in weight, but still only needs one man with his single oar to propel it along, albeit in a stately fashion. Not many people know that gondolas […]