The Frittella : a must eat food while in Venice for Carnival

Venezia pastry shops are starting to prepare the “frìtole”
or the frittelle, an unmissable dessert of the Venetian Carnevale!
In ancient times frìtole were a real street food: they were prepared exclusively
by the “fritoleri”, who sold them on the street.
The fritoleri, a profession  handed down from father to son since the ‘600,
have disappeared from the streets  only at the end of’ 800.
Their secret recipe included flour, eggs, sugar, raisins and pine nuts, which kneaded
on large wooden tables, and then fry the mixture obtained.
Once cooked, the frìtole were sprinkled with sugar and placed on large plates,
ready to be consumed by passers-by.

Venice Carnival  2o18  from 27 january to 13 february

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Villa La Rotonda Vicenza by Andrea Palladio

“Maybe never architectural art has reached such a level of magnificence” (J. W. Goethe, after the visit at La Rotonda)

La Rotonda is not a villa. It’s something more.

In time it has been visited by poets and artists, sovereigns and statesmen, scholars and art amateurs, travellers and tourists. To everyone La Rotonda has given an unforgettable emotion, that sense of harmony and grace whose answer is a smile, a silence.

After 500 years, La Rotonda today is still a place of pure beauty, waiting to give inspiration, culture, joy.

La Rotonda was  projected by Andrea Palladio for Paolo Almerico , works started in 1567 and were quickly completed, by 1571 he  was already living at La Rotonda. Paolo Almerico (Vicenza 1514–1589), who was not only a papal prelate but also an intellectual, a member of a refined cultural circle of that time, a poet and a man of letters, who wanted to build for himself a ‘villa’, just out of Vicenza, for his retirement, after a career in Rome at the Papal Court.

After his death, the villa passed to Almerico’s son Virginio Almerico who then sold it to Odorico and Mario Capra in 1591. Since 1911 La Rotonda has been owned by the Valmarana family of Venezia.

Palladio planned 20 villas but only two of them, La Rotonda and Villa Trissino di Meledo (that would never be built) have the peculiar plan that sets them apart: the central round hall with the domed vault, inscribed in a square, with four facades, each with a projecting portico and steps, 6 Ionic columns.

Andrea Palladio intended to transfer into civil architecture a ‘sacred’ inspiration, using a plan already present in religious architecture (such as S. Pietro in Montorio temple in Rome); this idea comes out of his well known archaeological studies and is suggested by many scholars to be derived from the Roman temples. The particular site, the special personality of Paolo Almerico and

Palladio’s meditations on ancient art came together in this unique opportunity for Palladio, who was finally able to realise his vision of a villa-temple.

Perfect and researched proportions, expression of a measure where tout se tient are in front of the visitor at La Rotonda: you can feel an emotion that touches the spirit.

La Rotonda was also conceived to be in direct relationship with the rural environment, as was typical of Palladio’s villa designs of the period. The villa is not separated from the fields by palisades or closed gardens or edges; it quietly dominates a space composed by fields. Later, between 1580 and 1591, Vincenzo Scamozzi built the ‘barchesse’ that are at the base of the low hill on which the villa sits and which were used as homes for farmers, near the stables and the granaries.

As Palladio underlines in his ‘Quattro Libri’, buildings should be planned in order to expose every room to sunlight and surrounding landscape, and should be easily accessible, with large and harmonious spaces where privacy of the owner is assured together with that of the guests.

The decoration of La Rotonda started at the end of 16th century. Lorenzo Rubini, who is named by Palladio in his book, is thought to have been responsible for the statues on the stairs, whilst Giambattista Albanese those on the porticos and roof. At the beginning of the 17th century, Oddorico Capra commissioned the frescos and stuccoes inside the dome, in the four corners rooms and in the little rooms. The frescos are thought to have been completed by Giambattista and Alessandro Maganza, the stuccoes by Agostino Rubini. The major rooms are enriched with lavish marble fireplaces and beautiful stucco decorated cowls, thought to be by Agostino Rubini and Ottaviano Ridolfi. The floors are made in precious venetian battuto, a special stucco made with a mix of lime and coloured marble grit, whilst in other rooms the floor are laid with hexagonal tiles. The last decorations were made at the beginning of 18th century, when the French painter Louis Dorigny painted the frescos of the hall and the corridors for the wedding of Marzio and Cecilia Capra. The villa was only lightly modified in the following centuries: between 1725 and 1740, the third floor was transformed and divided by Muttoni; until 1750 the attic area was not habitable.

The current state of the villa dates to 1976, at which time the Valmarana family set in place an ongoing program of maintenance, restoration and preservation. The grounds of villa have been open to the public from 1980, and from 1986 access was provided to the interior of the building as well.

“Text taken  from the official website of La Rotonda ”

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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.

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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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