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Visiting the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, Italy

The Jewish Ghetto in Venice Even as far back in the 1300’s the Jews of Europe were being persecuted. Jews began settling in Venice in the 16th century. They were mainly moneylenders, physicians, artisans and traders. Though the republic valued their services, to placate the Catholic Church they were confined to live on this walled …

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EuropeUpClose Picks for Best Cities in Europe for Canoodling

Looking for romantic Europe?   From the cozy canals of Venice, to sophisticated Paris, to mysterious Valencia, Spain, Europe offers romance around every corner. You can find romance anywhere, but these cities are our favorites for finding that special spot for canoodling. Venice, Italy The city of quiet canals and music is our choice for the best city …

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Exploring Torcello, Venice’s Most Deserted Island

  A popular day-trip for visitors to Venice is the three-island boat tour to Murano, Burano and Torcello, the most popular islands in the Venice lagoon. My friend and I boarded the tour one morning for this much anticipated day’s outing. Our first stop was Murano, the most famous of the small islands and the …

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Italy Can Mend a Broken Heart

  For most of the summer, I was afraid to go to Italy. I was scared to hear the accent, to taste spaghetti Bolognese, to smell espresso. I worried that hearing my favourite Italian word, “Alora”, might send me straight over the edge. You see, I fell in love with an Italian last year. If this has …

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Venice in Winter: Intrigue and Mystery

Venice in Winter Winter is a fine season to visit Venice. Finally, I get to mingle with actual Venetians, to rub shoulders with them on numerous vaporetto rides along the canals and to the islands and to haggle amongst Venetians over delicious fruit and vegetables at the markets at the foot of the Rialto bridge. More …

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Where to Stay in Venice, Italy – Best Hotels and Neighborhoods

Where to Stay in Venice Italy When deciding where to stay in Venice, it’s important to know something about the differences between its many neighborhoods. Should you stay near the main piazza, Piazza San Marco, or would you prefer to stay closer to the train station, eliminating the otherwise long walk or water taxi ride to your hotel? …

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Where to Eat and Drink in Venice

It is always tricky to know where to eat in Venice. While Italy has a wonderful culinary reputation, Venice is generally not known for fine restaurants. In my Venice travels, I’ve found the best strategy is to walk away from the crowds and get into out of the way neighborhoods where you will find authentic Venetian eateries. Snag a table with the locals and you …

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