Movie Line Up at the Venice Film Festival 2012

Venice Film Festival 2012

The 69th Edition of the Venice Film Festival has announced its 2012 program There are many reasons to visit Venice besides its stunning backdrop of canals, winding alleyways and elaborate Venetian Gothic palaces. One famous and elegant reason is to attend the yearly international Venice Film Festival on the island of Lido, just a few […]

Venice Hotel Accommodation Guide

Venice Sestieri Map

Venice Hotel Accommodation Guide Hotel Location: Cannaregio Castello Dorsoduro San Marco San Polo Santa Croce Lido Giudecca Hotel Rating: 5 star 4 star 3 star 2 star 1 star You can get anywhere in Venice by foot or Vaporetto pretty quickly. So apart from getting your luggage to and from your hotel on arrival and […]

Restaurants in Castello, Venice

Food in Venice

Restaurants in Castello, Venice It’s important to check that the restaurant at which you’re interested in eating is open! Restaurants in Venice do not all close on a Monday, rest days vary, and not all open at night. Booking is highly advisable, especially when you want an outside table. And not all restaurants (especially the […]

Venice and the Lagoon

Palazzo Ducale, Venice

Venice and the Lagoon: Introduction An ever-growing range of features, links and practical information to help you plan and enjoy your visit to Venice, including guides to hotel accommodation, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, city neighbourhoods and getting about. There’s a lot here already and we are hard at work adding the sections to complete the […]

A Brief History of Venice

Palazzo Ducale, Venezia

A Brief History of Venice Brief History | Interesting facts | Famous people Where it started According to tradition, Venice was founded in 421 AD on April 25th, St. Mark’s Day (St. Mark is now the patron saint of Venice) when to escape the Barbarian invasions, refugees from the Veneto took shelter in the Lagoon. […]

Music in Venice: Concerts and Opera


Concert and Opera links to Venice orchestras and theatres A commented selection of concert and opera links to Venice orchestras and theatres. Antonio Vivaldi, who lived in Venice for many years, composed over 60 works there and the city is also the place where many famous Italian operas, especially by Verdi, had their premières: The […]

Maps of Venice Historic City Centre and the Lagoon

Map of Venice

Maps of Venice Historic City Centre and the Lagoon You’ll certainly need a map to get around Venice when you’re there – the one given out free by the Venice Tourist Authority is very useful – but it’s also a good idea to get a feel of the various districts and the layout of the […]

Gay and Lesbian Venice

Carnevale, Venice, Italy

Gay and Lesbian Venice: In February, Carnevale is a meeting point for gay people, but apart from that, although it’s a marvellous city (and in spite of Truman Capote’s famous quote: “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go”), if you’re looking for gay-specific action: “Masks off, Venice has not that much […]


Venice Climate and Weather In summer the northern parts of Italy are warm with occasional rainfall, but in winter conditions in Venice are dominated by cold, damp and fog. Being located in North-East Italy, the climate in Venice changes dramatically throughout the year. In the winter the temperature can drop below freezing, while in the […]

Restaurants on the Islands in the Venice Lagoon and elsewhere

Da Romano Restaurant, Burano

Restaurants on the Islands in the Venice Lagoon and elsewhere Restaurants on the islands of the Venice lagoon are often not open in the evenings, so be sure to check on opening hours and rest days! Trattoria “Da Romano” Via San Martino Destro, Burano This restaurant has an impressive list of clients, including famous painters […]