The Venice Arsenale: Why You Must Visit this Hidden Gem 
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The Venice Arsenale: Why You Must Visit this Hidden Gem 

Located in the Castello area of Venice, the Venetian Arsenal was once the largest single largest industrial complex in Europe before the Industrial Revolution. It played a key role in Venice’s rise as a maritime power. The Arsenale was not just a shipyard; it was a symbol of innovation and strength. Today, the Arsenale is…

Is St. Mark’s Basilica Worth It? A Local’s Tips for Visiting 
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Is St. Mark’s Basilica Worth It? A Local’s Tips for Visiting 

As somebody who lives near Venice and travels there several times per year, I am often asked if it’s worth it to go to St Mark’s Basilica. After all, the lines are long and the area is crowded with tourists.  Although it suffers from the effects of mass tourism, Venice’s jaw-dropping landmark is definitely worth…

[For Couples] 21 of the Most Romantic Things to Do in Venice
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[For Couples] 21 of the Most Romantic Things to Do in Venice

Home to the legendary lover Casanova, Venice is often hailed as one of the most romantic cities in the world.  With its enchanting canals, historic palaces, and breathtaking sunsets, it’s a city that exudes romance at every turn. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or seeking the most romantic things to do, Venice offers an…

The Jewish Ghetto in Venice: Why You Should Visit It
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The Jewish Ghetto in Venice: Why You Should Visit It

Nestled in the heart of Venice, the Jewish Ghetto holds a rich tapestry of history, culture, and resilience. The term ‘ghetto’, now used globally, traces its roots back to this very district, painting a vivid picture of a time when Jewish communities were confined to specific quarters.  Established by the decree of Doge Leonardo Loredan…

The Ultimate Insider’s Guide for a Gondola Ride in Venice
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The Ultimate Insider’s Guide for a Gondola Ride in Venice

If you’re anything like me, the first image that pops into your head when you think of Venice is a sleek, black gondola gliding through serene canals, under ornate bridges, and past centuries-old buildings. It’s the quintessential Venetian experience, isn’t it?  I’ve been living near this magical city for years now, and let me tell…