March 28, 2019

VENICE REGATTA STORICA

Venice’s  Grand Canal becomes a colorful beehive of activity during the first Sunday of September when they hold the annual boat regatta. It is a fun and festive event where you can watch various gondolas and other boats floating down the waterway, each one filled with performers garbed in historical attire. The event comes in two parts: first, there is the historical boat parade with multicolored boats designed from the 16th century and then there is a series of rowing races among teams of gondoliers   The origins of this fluvial procession traces its roots back to 1841 when the Municipality of Venice organized an annual boat race on the…

December 10, 2018

COLOURFUL BURANO

Some 11 kms. north of the Grand Canal in Venice and 45 minutes by vaporetto  (water bus) lies the island of Burano which is inhabited by 3,000 people. The quiet canals that crisscross the whole island is lined by brightly-painted houses that are the main attraction of the place. The vibrant colors made it easier for returning fishermen to find their homes in the thick fog and also marked the boundary of one’s property since houses were built cheek-by-jowl beside each other. Burano is also famous for its hand-stitched lace which used to be a flourishing industry during the 17th century. There are many shops that you can visit where…