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

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" … [Read more...]

Venice in Acqua Alta: Live From Piazza San Marco

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 … [Read more...]

Venice: Live aboard a Gondola through the Hidden Canals

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 … [Read more...]

Venice: Live from Gondolas 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 … [Read more...]

Burano: Live from the Island of Technicolor Houses & Lace

Burano's Brightly Coloured Houses are a Photographer's - and Dulux's - Dream Burano's No.1 tourist attraction is the eye-dazzling, brightly coloured terraced houses lining its canals, but its mask and lace shops, not to mention its restaurants, also draw the visitors in; Tony and Helen Page … [Read more...]

Restaurants in Castello, 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. … [Read more...]

Restaurants in Santa Croce, Venice

Restaurants in Santa Croce, 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 … [Read more...]