Tomorrow, 27 January 2018, is the official start of what is probably the most famous carnival in the world, the Carnevale di Venezia. Soon the calli and campi will be full of people, mostly tourists and mostly French, sporting costumes ranging from the outlandish to the opulent, and posing for photographs evocative of the final century of … Continue reading Carnival in Venice
The arrival of carnival in Venice is announced by the appearance of fritoe in the shops. These are sweet fritters, covered with sugar, a bit like a donut, which are traditionally eaten throughout the carnival season.
Yesterday, I heard what could be considered a textbook lesson in counting as a conversation between two gondoliers contained all the numbers up to ten as they discussed their work schedule for the coming ten days.
Now that the feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) is out of the way, Italians really turn their minds to Christmas. Venice is no exception. For weeks, the smaller calli of the city have been decked with Christmas lights that have been waiting for their chance to shine. The lights in the piazza and … Continue reading Christmas lights of Venice
Although you won't find this name written on any nizioeto—the characteristic black and white street signs you see all over the city—ask any Venetian directions to the Ponte dei Zogatoi and they will all oblige.
Venetians are famous in the rest of Italy for their maxims which often give a flavour of what it's like to live in the city. Discover what this maxim tells you about living in the city and particularly about the bridges and stairs which are a feature of every Venetian's day.
Acqua alta, literally high water, is the typically understated way in which Venetians refer to the periodic flooding of the city during periods of so-called spring tides. It's caused primarily due to the natural geography of the Venetian lagoon. The lagoon closed off from the open sea by a series of long islands with gaps … Continue reading Acqua Alta: a photo essay