Dolomites -Unesco World Heritage

Formed 200 million years ago from primordial seas, today these fascinating mountains rise more than 3,000m tall toward the sky. The Dolomites are named after French geologist Deodat de Dolomieu (1750 – 1801), who first identified the unique composition of the rock. On 26 June 2009 the Dolomites became a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site for their monumental and unique beauty. The majestic Dolomite mountains offer a breathtaking setting for your winter holiday.

The Dolomites offer diverse landscapes and shapes, a fact which the National Parks express in all their splendour. Magic around every corner, emotions everywhere.

As with many sporting firsts the adventurers were not numerous when they took to exploring the mountains on what were little more than flat wooden boards, but the pull of the mountains and the natural formation of the Dolomites snowy slopes was strong.
It took but a few years for the  foundation of the first Ski Club in 1903 at Cortina D’Ampezzo and the first ski race followed in 1905 in Alpe de Siusi. So was laid the base for the development of tourism in the Dolomite valleys. And then there was no holding back: the first tour round the Sellaronda massif lasting more than 2 days was completed by the young adventurer from Meran, Peter Böttl, in 1912. Soon to become of an international standing as winter sports destinations were the very elegant Cortina d’Ampezzo, Corvara and Selva Gardena, all achieving a certain acclaim by the thirties. Examples of sporting endeavour and keenness to accept a challenge are commonplace in these Dolomite valleys.

We can go back and cite the legendary Cesco Kostner of Corvara, who already back in 1933 won the “Gigantissimo” on Marmolada and went on to found the first ski school in Corvara in 1934. For we valley folk no mountain is too high and no task too difficult to be accomplished. In 1956 Cortina D’Ampezzo was the natural host to the Olympic Winter Games and, in part thanks to the media exposure, became the exclusive tourist destination that it remains to this day. And as for achievements just think of .the 10 hotels in Selva back in 1900 which catered for English and Austrian guests principally and which went on to develop into important international hotel destinations of choice. When speaking of uphill lift systems we have to think of the first chair-lift built by Erich Kostner, which ran on cables supported by wooden pylons, through to the large scale development in the fifties and sixties.

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We  are proud to announce that we have received the prestigious TripAdvisor Award for Excellence, that we take very seriously and have worked hard to obtain.

A huge thank you goes out from us to all of you today who have taken the time, over the last year or so, to review us honestly about your experience  with us, without you this would have been impossible, thanks!





Venice Carnival 2017 from 11 to 28 february


Countdown to the 2017 edition of the Venice Carnival, one of the most awaited Venetian appointments which, from 11 to February 28, will animate the entire Venice territory, Mainland included: more than 150 events for children, teenagers, glamour lovers and costumes fans.

Creatum Vanity Af-fair, or The fair of vanity and beauty, the title of the event that wants to celebrate the splendor of the city and the desire to appear.

Sunday 19 february : The “Flight of the Angel” is a traditional event that goes back to the Serenissima period where an unknown guest of Venice, flying along a rope from San Marco bell tower to the middle of the square, will offer an homage to the Doge, and will be greeted by the crowded parterre of the period costumes parades of the Historical Re-enactments.

As a conclusion, the embrace of the Angel and the Doge will smooth the atmosphere of a square galvanized by scenographical effects always appreciated by the Italian and international networks.

Click here to download  the program

Venice The Basilica of San Marco on the 2-euro coins

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The first new coinage of 2017 dedicated to Venice.
In a few days, in fact, the Mint (ZECCA) will issue a new 2-euro coin, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the completion of the San Marco Basilica.
The two euro will be released in the coming days. On the new coin depicts the main facade of the Basilica and see two dates, 1617 and 2017, the bottom will show “San Marco”.
A two-euro coin to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the end of the construction of one of the most famous churches in the world.
Made for Mint State by Luciana De Simoni will be the first minting of the numismatic collection in 2017 the Ministry of Economy.
On the right, the initials of the author, LDS, ie Luciana De Simoni.
Above, instead, “Venice” and “R”, the identifier of the Mint of Rome.
Venice becomes the first city to be depicted on the 2 euro.
Until now the currency had been dedicated to the great figures and events, the Winter Olympics in Turin, Bocaccio, Cavour. February 3, at the World Money Fair in Berlin (one of the most important events in the world numismatists) the new currency will be presented with a box for collectors always made from the Mint.

UNESCO receives the Mayor of Venice

FullSizeRenderParis, 24 January -The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, received the Mayor of Venice, Mr. Luigi Brugnaro, at UNESCO Headquarters, in the presence of representatives of the Italian government, to discuss the protection of the city of Venice and its Lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

The discussion focused on measures taken by the Italian authorities and the Municipality of Venice to ensure the long-term protection of the site. The meeting of the World Heritage Committee in July 2016 made a number of recommendations and asked that Italy report on its actions before 1 February 2017.

The Italian authorities reaffirmed their total commitment to respond to the concerns raised by the World Heritage Committee in July 2016 regarding the preservation of the city of Venice. This commitment resulted in the adoption of a new “Pact for Venice”, signed on 26 November last, planning for the investment of some 457 million Euros in preservation initiatives in the city and its lagoon over the next four years. In addition, as part of the National Strategic Plan for the Development of Tourism presented by the Ministry of Cultural Activities and Tourism on 16 December last, the objective of which is to put sustainable tourism at the center of national policies, a specific pilot action is planned to monitor and manage tourist flows in Venice.

The bilateral meeting between the Director-General and the Mayor was followed by working meetings to explore various aspects of the management of the World Heritage site.

From Unesco Website Press

A dolphin in the Venice Lagoon


A dolphin in Venice lagoon is not a great news, but that remains to swim seemingly quiet for an entire afternoon in the busy area full of boats  is not normal!

Luca Mizzan, the head of #MSNVenezia (Natural History Museum of Venice), marine biologist, was left alone with the dolphin and, always careful not to disturb him, accompanied him until almost at the harbor mouth. He was  breathing regularly with diving compatible with a hunting behavior. Then disappeared …

We hoped he got back into the sea … but this morning has reappeared in St. Mark’s basin. Seems quiet, hope is good. Maybe we’re worrying more than  him …. we hope so!

But we continue to follow him carefully…



Explore the breathtaking hills and “borghi” (villages) of the Prosecco area, completely covered by vineyards: this is the home of the most famous Italian sparkling white wine.
Here vineyards are producing  Prosecco since 1542, you will have the chance to experience the Prosecco terroir from different perspectives. They will guide you through the natural characteristics of the area, the Prosecco wine making process and tasting in a very special location: a hilltop overlooking their most precious vineyard of Cartizze, the most important Cru of Prosecco.
With such beauty in your heart, have lunch at one of our selected excellent restaurants.
Then you can  take a walk to explore the surroundings. For example, visit the nearby suggestive Abbey of Follina built in 1170 or the magical Molinetto della Croda (Watermill set in the Rock).

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10 APRIL 2016 : SU e ZO per i PONTI of VENICE


“Up and Down the Bridges” is a walk in Venice involving all participants – young people, adults, families, school parties and sport groups – in a stroll through the Venice calli (alleys), all together in the name of friendship and solidarity. Every year the money raised from the event, after expenses, is donated to charity. This year they will  support the Salesian mission of Damascus in Syria, a significant Salesian presence in a nation plagued by five years of civil war. The Salesian community of Damascus represents one of the 18 houses of the Salesian Province of the Middle East also including Holy Land, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and Turkey, in addition to Syria.
The attendance to this walk has always been very high in all its editions: from a minimum of 1.750 participants on the first edition to a maximum of 19.250 on the seventh one.
Over the years many folk groups and music bands joined the event.
Every year 10 to 12,000 people take part in this exciting day which couldn’t take place without the help of 600 volunteers working at the refreshment points and along the race route itself.
The Municipality of Venice considers “Up and Down the Bridges one of the most important events in the annual Venetian calendar, just like traditional celebrations such as the “Festa del Redentore” (The Saviour), the Historical Regatta (Boat Race), the Carnival of Venice or the Venice Marathon.
Local authorities, private companies, banks and enterprises, thanks to their help and their funding, nurture this event to make it the success it has become in the city of Venice.

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Happy Birthday Venice !


Today Venice turns 1595 !
The legend says that March 25, year 421 is the date of the mythical foundation of the lagoon city, set to become one of the most important cities of Europe and the capital of an authoritative Republic with its own flag, territory, currency and laws. To the same year is connected the construction of the church of San Giacomo di Rialto, known to the Venetians as San Giacometo, traditionally considered one of the oldest of the city.
Happy Birthday Venice !