All About Venice

All About Venice

A different website about the floating city

No, this is not the ordinary tourist website. It’s not a guide to restaurants, hotels, and attractions around Venice, Italy. And that is simply because I’m not a Tuor Guide. I am just an ordinary citizen. I walk the Calli every day to work, I eat my Tramezzino at the local bar, I ride the bus and the Vaporetto and I read bedtime stories to my kids. And I try to keep my house dry just like any other Venetian…

           Now I am going to tell you all I know about this amazing city…

gondole at la fenice

When you’re 20 you care what everybody thinks

When you’re 40 you stop caring what everybody thinks

When you’re 60 you realize, no one was ever thinking about you in the first place

                                                                                                                                                    Winston Churchill

What if I told you that you can visit 33 national exhibitions, all part of the 58th edition of the Venice Art Biennale. Artists from every corner of the world come to Venice to display and express their thoughts about the world in which we live… And you can visit them for free. No cost what so ever.

I’ve made a map of all the 33 locations spread around the city. Check it out and with it, you can stroll from east to west, from north to south and admire contemporary Art from all over the world without paying one cent. Read more

Venice Hospitality Challenge 2019

Saturday, October 19, at 1.30 pm you’ll have the possibility to see some of the fastest sailboats in the world right outside Saint Mark’s Square

The new Tourist/Access Tax


update October 2019

The city council has decided to postpone the introduction again… This time until July 1, 2020. On that date, it will start out with a differentiated tariff of 3 to 8 euro with 3 euro as normal price. From January 1, 2021, it will reach the announced four levels from 3 to 10 euro with 6 euro as normal price. It seems we are now going back to a more traditional setup with tickets and controls. In summer there will be elections for the new Major. If Luigi Brugnari, the present Major, isn’t reelected, the whole project could be at risk. We still have to wait and see… Sigh (!)    

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All About Venice – Closing in

Imagine… No traffic, no people, in fact, there are no sounds whatsoever, other than the just recognizable “swoosh” when the single big oar tweaks in the water moving back and forth in the dark. The air is humid… wet. In fact, it’s so wet you can feel drops of moisture rolling down your chin And it’s cold. Not cold as in winter and snow. But cold from the wetness, the water. It makes you shiver.

ArrivingIn the distance you see the shadows of high, square buildings, and tall clock towers, so thin and leaning that they seem to be floating in the air, hanging from the grey sky. Very slowly you start to distinguish other sounds – footsteps on the marble, voices speaking in a strange dialect. And then you see the lights. Weak, white flows from small lampposts creating more shadow and darkness than actual illumination.

All About Venice – Arriving

You pass the ships at Santa Marta and when you reach Zattere the voices become different, younger and louder, filled with laughter and good times, love and excitement, wine and music. The boat, or Gondola as we should call it to not insult the maestro gondoliere, reduces the speed and turns towards the shore. With some immensely complicated twists and roles of the oar, the gondolier slows down, misses a half rotten pole by an inch, turns the gondola 90 degrees and stops softly one millimeter from the wall, so perfectly you could hold a stamp between the stones and the gunwale. You have arrived. From here you walk…

All About Venice

Cruise ship accidents

On Sunday, June the 2nd 2019 there was an accident with a cruise ship in the Giudecca canal in Venice. Around 8.30 a.m. the Opera, a 13-stories high and 275-meter long ship of MSC cruises lost control and crashed on a bank involving a passenger boat.   Read more

Once again there has been a Cruise Ship incident. A ship went out of control in the Giudecca Canal right outside Saint Mark’s Square. This time it was the Costa Deliziosa run by the cruise company Costa Crociere and it happened yesterday the 7th of July 2019. Terror struck once again as the 294 meters long and 32 meters beam vessel wasn’t able to make the turn as it was supposed to. The right turn between Riva degli Schiavoni and the island of San Giorgio Maggiore is extremely narrow. It’s a little more than 300 meters wide and the bend is almost 90°. Read more

There are practically two different solutions possible to resolve the problem. One is to moor the ships at Porto Marghera. That would mean a lot of dredging close to the city. It is an extremely vulnerable habitat already at its limits when it comes to the status of the water. It will mean open up another access for water to the inner lagoon, something that would mean more problems with high tides… And maybe, just maybe the cruise ships passengers won’t appreciate the Porto Marghera view from their balcony. The other option is a cruise ship terminal on the outside of the lagoon. That way you avoid too much water flow as well as big ships inside the shallow waters. And the Villages on Lido di Venezia certainly are nicer surroundings than an industrial harbor. The drawback is that the cost is higher.       Read more

All About Venice