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    Venice – city of bridges

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    So many world-class attractions are crammed into this lagoon city some visitors never want to leave, while others are a little frightened to be among the many enthusiasts.

    But why deny yourself the pleasures of La Serenissima, the most Serene Republic, where palaces’ glories are reflected in the Grand Canal and narrow backstreets hide neighbourhood churches decorated with priceless marbles and glimpses of heaven painted by Tiepolo.

    From masquerades and spice routes cuisine to art biennales and opera, Venice exceeds the visitors imaginations with possibility and promise. So raise your glass and toast yet another perfect sunset with the city’s signature bubbly, Prosecco.

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    Basilica di San Marco

    Piazza San Marco 328
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Tel: 041 270 8311
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0945-1645
    Sun 1400-1600

    As sunlight shatters across the gold mosaic facade of St Mark’s basilica, you start to realise why this architectural wonder took over 800 years to build. Attend evening Vespers for an otherworldly experience as the voices of the faithful fill the golden dome.

    Palazzo Ducale

    San Marco, 1,
    30124 Venice
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1900

    Behind its fanciful Gothic exterior, the doge’s palace shows serious muscle. Join the Secret Itineraries Tour for a glimpse of attic prison cells from which notorious playboy Casanova escaped.

    The Grand Canal

    Venice
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    Jump aboard vaporetto 1 for a cruise down one of the most beautiful main ‘streets’ in the world. Along the way you’ll spy over 50 palaces, six churches and scene-stealing backdrops featured in four James Bond films.

    Galleria dell’Accademia

    Campo della Carità 1050
    30123 Venice
    Italy
    Tel: 041 520 0345
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    Opening times:
    Mon 0815-1400
    Tue-Sun 0815-1915

    Thanks to Napoleon, the convent of Santa Maria della Carità now houses one of the greatest hauls of Venetian artworks, including blockbuster canvases from the Bellini brothers, Titian and Tintoretto.

    Palazzo Grassi

    Campo San Samuele 3231
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Tel: 041 523 1680
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1900

    French billionaire François Pinault’s provocative art collection overflows Giorgio Massari’s 18th-century palace. Renowned for its clever curation and big-name art stars exhibits here are sensational.

    Rialto Market

    Rialto
    30125 Venice
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0700-1400

    Before there was a bridge at the Rialto or palaces along the Grand Canal, there already was a fish and produce market. Marble plaques still show regulations set centuries ago and hard-bargaining venders don’t seem so different either.

    Peggy Guggenheim Collection

    Palazzo Venier dei Leoni 704
    30123 Venice
    Italy
    Tel: 041 240 5411
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1800

    After losing her father on the Titanic, American heiress Peggy Guggenheim dodged Nazis, settled in Venice and changed the course of art history with her avant-garde collection of surrealists, futurists and Dadaists.

    Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute

    Campo della Salute 1b
    30123 Venice
    Italy
    Tel: 041 241 1018
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1200 and 1500-1730

    Not only a Venetian landmark, the restored sacristy of this splendid domed church features 12 key works by home-grown Renaissance talent Titian.

    The Lido

    Lido
    30126 Venice
    Italy
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    With its tree-lined boulevards, Liberty-style villas and well-groomed shellac beaches, the Lido is a rather diverting seaside escape from the hubbub of the Rialto.

    Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

    Torcello
    Venice
    Italy
    Tel: 041 730 119
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    Inside the lagoon’s oldest Byzantine basilica, the Madonna rises above a golden field of corn. Turn your back on her and the lessons of a fabulous Last Judgment mosaic awaits you, completed with writhing sea monsters and flaming scenes of hell.

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    Venice's most beautiful sights at a glance

    Canal Grande, Santa Maria della Salute

    Island Empire

    Venice is built on an archipelago of 118 islands separated by 175 canals, but connected by around 400 bridges.

    Little sis

    With its palaces, canals and bridges, the small town of Chioggia, 25 kilometers to the south, looks deceptively like Venice. The main difference: Locals outnumber the tourists here.

    Romantic ride

    A genuine Venetian gondola costs up to 30 000 euros. In the 16th century, 10 000 such punts glided down the city’s canals. Today, 400 licenced gondoliers ply their trade in Venice.

    Specialty sleuth

    Donna Leon wrote 23 novels about Commisario Guido Brunetti, a detective with an appetite for solving murders and for savoring Venetian delicacies.

    Art fair

    Hundreds of thousands of aficionados are expected to attend the 56th Venice Biennale, through November 22.

    Tight squeeze

    Venice’s narrow streets are legendary, and Calle Varisco takes the title for the city’s narrowest with a width, at some points, of no more than 53 centimeters.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 61.5 million (2013).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.

    Language

    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24 Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7 Dec (St Ambrose)
    Siena: 2 Jul and 16 Aug, Palio horserace
    Venice: 25 Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4 Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19 Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6 Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15 Jul (St Rosalia)
    Rome: 29 Jun (St Peter)
    Trieste: 3 Nov (St Giusto)

    Public Holidays 2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Easter Sunday: 05. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Republic Day: 02. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    The main mode of public transport is the vaporetto (public boat network). Operated by ACTV (tel: 041 2424; www.actv.it), the service is efficient and punctual running between 8am to 10pm. Lines 1 and 2 ply the Grand Canal. Tickets are purchased at booths at most landing stations and timed travel cards (from 12 hours up to 1 week) are much better value than single fare tickets. Swipe your card every time you board.

    Taxis

    Licensed water taxis (tel: 041 240 6711) are available at a premium price, although the cost is mitigated for large groups. Additional fees apply for hotel pick-ups and night trips. Tipping isn’t necessary.

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    Summer wonderland

    Trentino, Reise, Reiseführer, LufthansaTRENTO, ITALIA - JUNE 21: View of a cathedral square in old town of Trento on June 21, 2014. Trento is a capital of province Trentino Alto in Italy.Lake Toblino, Trentino, Italy.Die große Reise: TrentinoKäse, Trentino, Reiseführer, Lufthansa
    The great journey: Trentino

    Trentino, with its breathtaking mountains, secluded valleys and almost 300 lakes, also boasts cultural highlights and culinary treats. This vibrant region shaped by its Austrian past and Italian present holds a host of surprises for visitors.

    Like a butterfly that has just settled on a map, its wings outspread, Trentino stretches across Northern Italy, the gray-andwhite patterning of the Dolomites on either side, and the shimmering azure Adige river, the region’s backbone, down the center. The Brenner expressway runs parallel to the river, so many people drive straight through from South Tyrol and Bolzano in the north to Verona and Lake Garda in the south. Speeding along, they don’t even notice the delightful summertime activities that the famous winter sports areas in the Brenta Mountains (the left wing) and the Val di Fiemme (the right wing) offer hikers, watersports fans and culture vultures in the warmer months. After all, Trento, the sleepy capital of Trentino province, has built the largest science museum in all of Italy – designed by Renzo Piano.

    Lufthansa tip

    Lufthansa and Germanwings offer flights from eight German cities to Milan (MIL) and from five German cities to Venice (VCE) lufthansa.com
    To find out how many miles you can earn on a return flight, visit meilenrechner.de.

    Day 1 – The city: between the Renaissance and Postmodernism

    The Romans built the city of Tridentum in their typical grid style right on the riverbank. Some 1900 years later, the riverbed was moved to make way for a railway line, and its tracks and an industrial zone rendered the Adige inaccessible from the city center. But when the MuSe was erected on the site of an old tire factory, Trento regained its riverbank. In the city center, you can still get a sense of how advanced the Roman city was: The S.A.S.S. archeological site reveals ancient houses with underfloor heating, stunning mosaic floors and a Roman high street of huge, limestone blocks below the municipal theater.

    The Council of Trent, which met in Trento periodically in the 16th century, also left a visible legacy. When the ecclesiastical dignitaries convened, the citizens of Trento were called upon to spruce up their houses. To this day, the city’s quiet streets feature a host of Renaissance palaces decorated with frescoes and columns. On the first floor of the former Torre de Negri-Rella residence, the Casa del Caffè sells espressi and delicious granita mandorla, a frozen almond dessert.

    When on balmy summer evenings peace gradually descends on Trento (despite the presence of some 15 000 students), the best place to end the day is in one of the bars around San Vigilio Cathedral – like the Scrigno del Duomo restaurant, where you can sit on the terrace and enjoy a glass of deep red Teroldego and delicious ravioli filled with mountain spinach.

    Day 2 – The lakes: sometimes fashionable, always beautiful – a place to unwind

    The northernmost tip of Lake Garda, where surfers skim over the waves and hip bars line the shore, is also in Trentino, but Lake Levico, nestled in the Sugana valley close to Trento, and famous for its raspberries, strawberries, apples and chestnuts, is quieter and less trendy; life here moves at a gentle pace. Families spread out picnics on the beach and there’s a small jetty, but no noisy motor boats, just a couple of kayaks. The farther out you venture onto the emerald lake, the less you want your paddle to disturb the beautifully smooth, clear surface of the water.

    The quiet spa town of Levico Terme not far from the shore revives the Belle Epoque with annual performances – the Empress Sisi reputedly came here once for heliotherapy. The Impero Caffè dates from those glorious days and today serves a Belzebú sundae – vanilla ice cream and aromatic strawberries topped with a balsamic vinegar drizzle.

    Day 3 – The mountains: summits, lodges and classical music

    Trekking shoes and shorts – at a classical concert? Absolutely! For the past 20 years, the music festival Sounds of the Dolomites (isuonidelledolomiti.it) has been one of the summer’s cultural highlights in Trentino. Locals, tourists and musicians head uphill together, recover their breath at a mountain lodge restaurant and then enjoy music in the open air against a 3000-meter-high alpine backdrop with birdsong in the background. Famous classical, jazz and pop musicians perform in the free concert series every year. One of the highlights is an impressive sunrise concert for which concertgoers take a cable car before walking along a torchlit path to the venue.

    At the end of the Fuciada valley, it is framed by mountain peaks and situated beside a mountain stream that lulls you to sleep at night. The wall by the stairs up to the rustic rooms is covered with so many culinary awards that there’s no space for the latest additions. But then, the house specialties – polenta dumplings with porcino mushrooms and sausage meat, pineapple carpaccio with elderberry ice cream – speak for themselves.

    Day 4 – The Valley: farmers, meadows and a cheese

    Finally, gourmets are advised to make a detour into Fassa Valley to the big, new Caseificio Sociale for its deliciously crumbly Trentingrana cheese or strong Cuor di Fassa. The modern cheese factory, in which the (raw milk) cheeses mature in serried ranks on high shelves, was built to assure the future of a cooperative of roughly 40 mountain farmers. What it also guarantees is that the meadows on the 2000-meter-high slopes hereabouts, steep and extremely difficult to cultivate, do not become overgrown – so that the typical appearance of a Dolomite valley idyll is preserved.

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    Nightlife in Venice

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    As your lonely footsteps reverberate through darkened alleys, you may wonder where you can find Venice’s nightlife scene.

    It’s true the island city gets to bed early outside of summer, but if you know where you look there are a few worthwhile hangouts.

    Teatro La Fenice

    Campo San Fantin 1965
    30124 Venice
    Italy
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    Venice is the home of modern opera and a night at the legendary La Fenice is a must.

    Interpreti Veneziani

    S. MARCO, 2862/B,
    Venice
    Italy
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    Hear Vivaldi played on 18th-century instruments.

    Bacaro Risorto

    Fondamenta Osmarin, 4700
    30122 Venice
    Italy
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    Crowd into this shoebox bar for Prosecco and crostini heaped with sardines.

    Venice Jazz Club

    Ponte dei Pugni 3102
    30123 Venice
    Italy
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    Pay your respects to Miles Davis at the home of the Venice Jazz Club Quartet.

    Palazetto Bru Zane

    San Polo, 2368
    30125 Venice
    Italy
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    Lengthy restorations have returned this 100-seat music room to full stuccoed glory.

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    Restaurants in Venice

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    Surrounded by seafood-rich waters and garden islands, Venetian tables offer local specialities unseen anywhere else. Seafood takes centre stage, but signature risottos and side dishes of Veneto vegetables often steal the show.

    Early evening drinks and cicheti (bar snacks) are also a faithfully kept lagoon tradition.

    Anice Stellato

    Fondamenta della Sensa 3272
    30121 Venice
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Tin lamps and recycled paper placemats belie perfectly executed dishes.

    Trattoria Corte Sconta

    Calle del Pestrin
    30122 Venice
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Dine in a vine-draped courtyard on a sumptuous signature seafood platter.

    Osteria alla Staffa

    Calle de l’Ospedaleto 6397a
    30121 Venice
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Traditional dishes get an artful makeover at this friendly neighbourhood bistro.

    All’Arco

    Calle dell’Ochialer 436
    30125 Venice
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Venice’s finest, market-fresh bar snacks.

    Ai Promessi Sposi

    Calle d’Oca 4367
    30121 Venice
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Venetians frequent this inn to gorge on bowls of cuttlefish pasta and duck ragù.

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    Calendar of events

    Venice Carnival

    31 January – 17 February 2015
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    Venue: St Mark’s Square and other venues.

    This is what a carnival is all about. The king of Carnivals, the Carnival of Venice, needs no introduction. The world’s largest and most famous masked ball has existed since the Middle Ages. Two weeks of street partying alongside actors wearing harlequin outfits and carnival masks. The party starts up every day in the early morning with live music and acting displays, and continues well into every evening. There is everything to see here including jugglers and fire-eaters and the costumes are truly remarkable.

    Art Prize Laguna Finalist Artists Exhibition at Venice Arsenal

    21 March – 21 April 2015
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    Venue: Arsenale of Venice

    The Arsenale of Venice opens its doors, for the fourth consecutive year, to the finalists of the seventh edition of Arte Laguna Prize at Tese di San Cristoforo. The works of the 105 international artists selected for the categories: painting, sculpture and installation, video art and performance and photographic art will be on view. Five other works from the virtual art section will be hosted at the Telecom Italia Future Centre, close to the Rialto Bridge. A further selection of young artists is on view at the Romanian Institute of Venice, near St. Mark’s Square.

    Festa di San Marco

    25 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Sant’Elena to Punta della Dogana.

    IThe Festa della Sensa, is one of the city’s best known festivals that bring to life the close bond that the city shares with the sea. There is special focus on the art of rowing “Voga alla Veneta”, with a water parade of traditional rowing boats from San Marco to the Lido, lead by the Mayor of Venice and other dignitaries.

    Festa Della Sensa

    16 – 17 May 2015
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    Venue: From San Marco to the Lido.

    The Festa della Sensa, is one of the city’s best known festivals that bring to life the close bond that the city shares with the sea. There is special focus on the art of rowing “Voga alla Veneta”, with a water parade of traditional rowing boats from San Marco to the Lido, lead by the Mayor of Venice and other dignitaries.

    Venice Jazz Festival

    11 – 26 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    International and Italian musicians perform in venues throughout the city, including in Piazza San Marco, Teatro La Fenice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Palazzo Grassi. Past guests have included big names like Sting, Cesaria Evora and Gilberto Gil.

    Festa del Redentore

    18 – 19 July 2015
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    Venue: Giudecca Canal, from Sant’Elena to Punta della Dogana to the Palladio’s Redentore church.

    Dating back to 1577, Venetians have celebrated their deliverance from a terrible plague and the construction of Palladio’s ‘Rendentore’ (Redeemer) Church, commissioned for the same reason, with a pontoon of boats, fireworks display and picnics on the water.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Lighting up the lagoon

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    Chandeliers from Murano grace palaces, cathedrals and opera houses all over the world. But in Venice, they glitter in cafés, banks and hotels. We track down some opulent examples

    Ca’ Pisani Hotel

    Rio Terrà Foscarini, 979A
    Venice
    Italy
    Tel. +39/041 240 14 11
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    The idea was born over dinner, while tucking into “folpetti with potatoes, a Venetian specialty” with friends, Maria Grazia Rosin recalls. Picking up one of the miniature octopuses on her plate, the glass artist held it this way and that, and then twirled it between her fingers a few times. “That’s when I realized how good these little creatures could look as glass objects,” and Gelatine Lux, a line of gleaming, jellyfish-like glass creatures, was born. The arms of the brilliantly colored objects hover in the air like tentacles – also recalling the classic shapes found in Venetian chandeliers.

    A particularly beautiful, deep-red specimen hangs at the entrance to the Ca’ Pisani design hotel near Ponte dell’Accademia bridge. “Venice wouldn’t be Venice without its Murano glass lamps; they’re part of the scenery,” says Rosin, “if you walk through the streets with your eyes open, you cannot miss them.”

    Murano

    Venice
    Italy
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    Murano, an island in the lagoon north of Venice’s old town, has been a glass-blowing center since the late 13th century. Almost everyone is connected with glass in some way. The shop windows on central Rio dei Vetrai display a grotesque, chintzy menagerie of horse’s heads, vases and thousands of virtually identical lamps. Nevertheless, there are also glassworks on the island which have been producing real works of art for centuries.

    Many of these disappear straight into private collections, although some do also hang in palazzi, cafés and hotels, where they can be admired by the general public. Take a boat trip down the Grand Canal by night and you will catch glimpses of magnificent chandeliers glittering behind tall windows.

    Ca’ Rezzonico

    Dorsoduro, 3136
    30123 Venice
    Italy
    Tel. +39/041 241 01 00
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    Probably the most illustrious specimen is the chandelier that illuminates the second floor of Ca’ Rezzonico museum. Created in 1730 to Giuseppe Briati’s design, it is an opulent arrangement of colored glass flowers – and gave a whole genre its name.

    “Even today, many of our designs are based on the Rezzonico model,” says Francesco dei Rossi, Art Director at the De Majo glassworks, which has earned itself an excellent reputation for its creative interpretations of classic Venetian chandeliers.

    Palazzo Papadopoli

    Calle Tiepolo 1364
    30125 Venice
    Italy
    Tel. +39 041 270 7333
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    Palazzo Papadopoli, a Renaissance building dating from 1550 and located quite close to the Rialto Bridge, features Tiepolo frescos and gilded stucco ornaments. It also has not one but several wagonwheel-sized Murano chandeliers suspended from its ceilings. Until recently, they shed their light for the employees of a public agency, but now the luxury hotel chain Aman has taken over the building. “Even before we moved in, we began renovating the ballroom and the salons,” says Bianca di Savoia-Aosta, wife of Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, a direct ancestor of the Papadopoli family.

    On her computer, she shows us  photos of the precious chandeliers – a mass of individually numbered parts spread out over the terrazzo floor. Replacements for damaged pieces were needed and so orders were placed in Murano. “We cleaned them with toothbrushes and vinegar solution,” the countess recalls. “I will never forget the moment when we switched the light back on again.” A night at the Aman Canal Grande is very expensive, but most of us will be able to afford a glass of prosecco at the bar – which comes with a free view of the chandelier.

    Palazzo Dolfin Manin

    Riva del Carbon
    30124 Venedig
    Italien
    Tel.: +39/041 241 01 00
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    On the San Marco side of the canal, we find the Palazzo Dolfin Manin, the residence of the last doge of Venice. The Banca Nazionale del Regno took over the three-story palace in 1867, which now houses the Banca d’Italia. From the tellers’ hall on the second floor, you can see into the offices where clerks work beneath chandeliers listed as historic monuments. But the lighting in the entrance hall is more interesting.

    There, an ensemble of rectangular glass containers in pale pink, gray-green and white are suspended upside down from the ceiling, and in the stairwell, dozens of overlapping glass cylinders form a lamp that extends over several levels. Both chandeliers come from Murano’s most prestigious glassworks, Barovier & Toso, which was founded in 1295 and is still owned by the same family.

    Restaurant Antica Carbonera

    Calle Bembo Cannaregio
    30100 Sestiere di San Marco
    Venedig
    Italien
    Tel.: +39 041 522 5479
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    Another big name in Venetian glass craftsmanship is Archimede Seguso. The extravagant chandeliers illuminating the Antica Carbonera restaurant are his. Wood paneling covers the walls of this restaurant which serves regional classics, such as sardines in a sweet-and-sour marinade, and polenta with lagoon crab. By contrast, the chandelier is not quite so traditional.

    In fact, it incorporates an unusual, gold-shimmering sculpture of a bucket of charcoal and a shovel – a nod to the charcoal store formerly located here. “Seguso made three unsuccessful attempts,” Andrea Michielazzo, owner of the Antica Carbonera, remembers, “before he finally completed the chandelier in the fourth.”

    Ristorante Quadri

    Piazza S. Marco, 121
    30124 Venedig
    Italien
    Tel.: +39 041 522 2105
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    The dimly lit dining room of 6 Ristorante Quadri on St. Mark’s Square has always enjoyed great popularity, but once the brothers Raffaele und Massimiliano Alajmo took over the management in 2011 and cooked up a Michelin star for themselves with their surprising interpretations of Venetian specialties, it became very difficult to secure a table. On the upstairs floor of the gourmet restaurant, two remarkable chandeliers hang from the antique beamed ceiling.

    Only fragments of their history are known, but they are thought to have been made by the old established Pauly & C glassworks, probably around 1920. “They used to illuminate the whole place,” says Raffaele, “but the light they cast was not so pleasant, a bit too bright.” Now dimmers ensure that these princely lamps shimmer rather than shine forth in the evening, creating a more intimate atmosphere – as well as showing the chandeliers off to their best advantage.

    Gran Caffè Lavena

    Piazza San Marco, 133/134
    Venedig
    Italien
    Tel.: +39 041 522 4070
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    Right next door is the Gran Caffè Lavena, which first opened in 1750. The imposing chandelier hanging from the ceiling is nearly 100 years old and work of glass blowers Barovier & Toso. It’s a typical Rezzonico model, with spreading branches and countless individual components.

    The blackamoors at the ends of the exquisitely turned glass arms are unique – a Venetian motif that pays tribute to the former sea power’s cosmopolitan tradition.

    Gelateria Al Todaro

    Piazza San Marco, 3
    30124 Venedig
    Italien
    Tel.: +39 041 528 5165
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    Barovier & Toso also created the unusual lighting at the Gelateria Al Todaro. The owners had requested lamps reminiscent of the sea that sloshes against the quay walls of the nearby Riva degli Schiavoni promenade. Now gold-colored glass waves flow along the ceiling.

    The compact ribbon of light strung together using 900 individual elements in 1978 looks as though someone had decorated the plaster with a glittering necklace. Almost too much of a treasure for a simple ice-cream parlor – even one that boasts the very best Gianduja ice cream anywhere in the city.

    Farmacia Internazionale San Gaetano

    Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2067
    30124 Venedig
    Italien
    Tel.: +39 041 277 5862
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    Elsewhere, the glass artworks are less commanding: At the Farmacia Internazionale on Calle Larga XXII Marzo, for instance, it is quite rare for customers to raise their eyes to admire the rather curious Murano glass ceiling lamp with its delicate baubles.

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    Hotels in Venice

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    Waking up in a palazzo to the sound of lagoon waves is an unforgettable experience and often comes with a price tag to match.

    More recently many Venetians have opened up their historic homes offering more accessible and affordable accommodation.

    Hotel Foscari Palace

    Campo Santa Sofia 4200/1
    30124 Venice
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    Make like an aristocrat at this authentic Venetian palazzo, once the home of Duke Gonzaga.

     

    Hotel Flora

    Calle Bergamaschi 2283a
    30124 Venice
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    An ivy-clad retreat offering old-school comfort and damask-lined suites.

    Casa Verardo

    Campo Santi Filippo e Giacomo 4765
    30122 Venice
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    Canalside, period-style accompanied by family-friendly service.

    Arco Antico Locanda

    Calle del Forno 1451
    30125 Venice
    Italy
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    Category: Cheap

    Stately bedrooms with soaring ceilings and a sense of history close to the Rialto.

    Villa Angelica

    Via Marcantonio Bragadin 12/b
    30126 Venice
    Italy
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    Category: Cheap

    Comfortable, family-friendly accommodation in one of the Lido’s Liberty villas.

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    Climate and best time to visit Venice

    To avoid unpleasant crowds and hot, humid summer weather, visit Venice in autumn when days are warm and sunny and visitors and room rates reduce. September also sees the art and architecture Biennales swing into motion and the annual Regata Storica fills the lagoon with a glorious floating parade. As the fog rolls in, in November the city becomes quiet and romantic and with few tourists around Venetians adopt a more sociable air building up for February’s Carnival. Spring is damp, but lovely as ever indoors.

    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39

    Telephone

    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.

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    Shopping in Venice

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    Key Areas

    Between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto, the Mercerie and the nearby Calle dei Fabbri are the main shopping streets, lined with independent galleries and independent boutiques. To the west of San Marco, the Frezzeria, has grander, more upmarket store. Artisan studios concentrate in the Dorsoduro, San Polo and Santa Croce, where you’ll find anything from leather goods to paper, glass and wood carvings. The island of Murano is worth a trip if you’re in the market for glass and nearby Burano has a tradition of handmade lace.

    Markets

    The Rialto market and Pescaria are Venice’s main, and most historic, markets. Alternatively, Via Garibaldi in Castello is lined with a good neighbourhood food market.

    Shopping Centres

    Given the ancient character of this lagoon city, shopping malls and department stores are virtually non-existent. The only department store is home-grown Coin, which sells virtually everything from fashion to home accessories.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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    Padova
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