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Venice’s Gondoliers official logo to safeguard trades and traditions of Gondoliers

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The Gondolier Association of Venice – which represents Venice’s 433 licensed gondoliers – now has a sponsor : Al Duca D’Aosta, the Venetian clothing group founded in 1902 by Emilio Ceccato, so  the Gondolier Association have created an official logo and Enter the Dream uniform brand to symbolize the trade the world recognizes as the symbol of Venice.
It’s their way of giving back to a city that has given much to many for centuries.
The decision to brand their trade was made as an effort to support their city and its specialty trades (oar makers, gondola makers, schools for apprentice artisans and gondoliers, and more) which struggle to keep Venice’s centuries-old traditions alive in today’s socio-economic environment.
The logo: Saint Mark as the Winged Lion holding an open book, a symbol of peace and strength, is framed by two ferro – the traditional iron gondola prow ornament which represents the hat of the Doge (once the ruler of the Most Serene Republic of Venice), the Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal, Venice’s six neighborhoods or sestieri, and her main islands. A logo that salutes the history and the spirit of Venice and her gondoliers.
The Gondolier Association will invest all royalties earned from the sale of each official item – red and white or blue and white striped t-shirts, polo shirts and sweaters, black or dark blue dress pants, winter vests and ribboned-straw hats – in projects in the city of Venice which safeguard the gondolier trade and artisan trades that surround the gondola and the Venetian rowing style tradition.

01 march Happy New Year Veneto !

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Happy New Year …. Veneto !
Today March 1 , according to the calendar which was in use in the Republic of Venice , began the new year .
For the current calendar in the Roman Empire and the Venetian Republic until 1582, January 1st did not correspond to the first day of the year and December 31 did not correspond to the last .
The year however ended in February and began in March.
It was a different way of counting the months , for example in the names of the months: September (seventh month from March ), October (eighth month starting from March ), November ( the ninth month of the year ) and December ( tenth month ) , followed by months of renewal and death ( January and February ) .
The Venetians transcribed in official documents both the old and the new dating order not to lose the tradition .
Yesterday , according to the Venetian calendar, February 29, 2015 was therefore the correct indication today would be : March 1, 2016 ” More Veneto ” ( ie , according to Venetian use) …
so today we wish you HAPPY NEW YEAR !

COIN CEREMONY FOR SEABURN ENCORE AT PORTO MARGHERA VENICE

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On feb 22  at the Fincantieri shipyards in Marghera was held the traditional coin ceremony for Seabourn Encore , next flagship of the Seabourn fleet.
During the event , two gold commemorative coins were welded at the mainmast .
On these occasions tradition also it requires the presence of a godmother and therefore , to preside over the event was chosen Marnie Tihany , business development director for Tihany Design and wife of designer Adam D. Tihany , the professional who has taken care of every detail the draft Seabourn Encore construction.
Marnie Tihany of Tihany Design Director and wife of Adam D.Tihany next architect will handle the interior of the new ships Costa Cruises and many other of the Carnival Group, including its Seabourn Encore.
Said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn: “The ceremony of the currency not only represents another important milestone in the construction of our new ship, but also an important step in the evolution of our fleet, to achieve leadership in the cruise category ultra- luxury.
Less than a year after the entry into service of Seabourn Encore we can not wait to score other exciting milestones in the coming months. ” Future Encore ship will be an improved design of the previous class ships Odyssey and will be followed by another construction (Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018) over the next three years, also made by Fincantieri.
The new unit will have a bridge in addition, new, more spacious public areas, the beautiful suites with private verandas, a personalized service with nearly a ratio of one crew member for every guest on board for a maximum capacity of 600 guests in the cabin Double.
The interior design was done by Adam D. Tihany, the interiors are set to be in a contemporary style with modern design elements and many innovations consistent with the style of understated elegance that distinguishes the Seabourn brand.

Let’s go skiing in the Dolomites !

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The Dolomite Mountains are simply breathtaking in winter – a pristine mountain landscape blanketed with snow. These incredible peaks and long valleys provide extraordinary terrain for winter sports, and have become famous the world over as one of the most beloved areas for winter enthusiasts. Boasting over 5,000 vertical feet of skiable terrain, lift-service and off-piste adventures at the number one ski resort in the world, countless miles of backcountry trails, and almost 800-miles of groomed cross-country tracks, the world-renowned Dolomiti are a winter sports paradise!

Did you know that the Dolomites are part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage ?

Whether you arrive  by air at the  Venice Airport Marco Polo , Treviso Canova or by train at Venice Mestre railway station we will provide for  your transfer to any place on the Dolomites such as Cortina, Val Badia, Val di Fassa , Val Gardena and many other places.

Enjoy the snow enjoy the winter season !

The aperitif in Venice is called SPRITZ

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The Spritz  is a alcoholic aperitif very popular in Venice made with the  Prosecco wine with addition of a liquor,(Such as Aperol, Campari or Select).
The name  derives from the German verb “spritzen”Spray,  the act of adding water to wine.
For many, in fact, Spritz was born during the period of the Hapsburg domination Veneto in ‘800.
The soldiers, but also the various merchants, diplomats and employees of the Habsburg Empire in Veneto , soon become accustomed to the use of local drinking wine in the tavern, but the gradation of wines was too high compared to the alcohol content which they were accustomed. Hence the request to preclude local sprinkle a little ‘water in wines (Spritzen, in german) to make them lighter. Spritz original, in fact, was strictly composed of sparkling white wine or red wine diluted with fresh water.
A first evolution Spritz arrived in the early 1900, when they began to spread the siphons for water Seltz. The soda, by definition, is a ‘very carbonated water that goes very well in cocktails.
Over the years the drink has “grown up” with the infinite variety of possible additions such as … spirit more or less strong: Aperol, Bitter, Select (Almost exclusively, the latter in the city of Venice) or a bitter black as the China Martini and the Cynar and a lemon peel, depending on your taste or simply squeezed immersed in the glass.
There is a unique composition for a spritz but variants towns, in turn interpreted freely by the bartenders, each with its own special preparation. The alcohol content is so variable but can be estimated on average 8 °. A common denominator among existing variations however is the presence of Prosecco e carbonated water or soda water, Which must be quantitatively at least 40% and 30%, the remaining 30% is completed by the most varied types of alcoholic beverages, Sometimes mixed with the unwritten rule to preserve the red color of the cocktail. To conclude the work of a slice of lemon or orange or a ‘olive and some cubes of ice and some cicheti.
Enjoy your venetian Spritz , coming from Venice Airport or Treviso Airport we can arrange your transfer to reach your hotel .

VENICE CARNIVAL : LE FRITTELLE VENEZIANE

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Carnival of Venice 2016  : 23 january  to  09 february 

Are you coming in  Venice during  the Venetian Carnival ?
you can’t miss the exquisite typical Carnival specialty: the venetian frittella!
In the Serenissima times frittelle were produced and sold by the “fritoleri”.
Today every coffee and pastry shops turn out freshly home made frittelle, traditional sweets which are the symbol of the Venetian Carnival…Venetian frittelle are easy to prepare …and delicious to taste!
Any party during the Carnival of Venice can not miss sweets and delicacies of Venetian tradition as the frittelle.
In Venice ” fritola ” it was considered almost a national dessert during the Serenissima .
To produce fritole were ” fritoleri ” , at the same time producers and sellers of fritters .
In Venice during the celebrations of Carnival can be found everywhere , pastry shops and bakeries  , the sweets of this festival : frittelle , symbols of Carnival .
Tasting these traditional specialties of Venetian cuisine is a must to Carnival , perhaps accompanying them with a good hot coffee or hot chocolate on cold nights in February or with a fresh , sparkling prosecco , a Venetian wine ideal as an aperitif or with dessert.

 

 

06 jan 2016 : Regata delle Befane

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The January 6 2016 the traditional appointment with the cute “Regata delle Befane ” in Venice.it takes place every year  to celebrate Epiphany  is a Particular and happy challenge with the oars.
The departure is scheduled at 11.00 from  San Tomà to the Rialto and arrival.
It is a playful race between the old owners of the oldest rowing Company of the City, the Bucintoro.
On Venice’s Grand Canal, men dressed as old witches – ‘befane’ in Italian – race towards the Rialto Bridge, standing up as they row Venetian style.
They have to prove their strength and ability along the Canal Grande in a short but true rowing race, obviously in fancy dress, to win the flag  of the first regatta of the year. They use a typical venice boat “mascareta” with one oar.
The race, which takes about fifteen minutes, is followed by many rowing boats with pro athletes, Santas and other vessels with Befanas, in addition to a large audience of fans and onlookers who assists vogue from the start  but especially in proximity to arrival.
Rialto Bridge will be distributed hot chocolate, mulled wine and sweets, as well wish for a good day of Epiphany.

New Year’s Eve in Venice !

 

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Few minutes before midnight, Venice welcomes 2016 with a fireworks show that will illuminate the  Basin of  Saint Mark celebrating the the new year’s eve, with thousand colors dancing on the lagoon.
To watch the fireworks, we invite you to take the place along the Riva degli Schiavoni, Riva Ca ‘di Dio, Riva San Biagio, Riva Sette Martiri.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

 

Winter mountain holidays in the Dolomites !

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Arabba-Marmolada, Auronzo di Cadore-Misurina, Civetta, Comelico-Sappada, Conca Agordina. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Val Biois, San Vito-ValBoite :
The Dolomites, the most charming Pale Mountains for their enchanting shapes and colour: changing at down, rose at sunset, a unique feature  in the world.
The Belluno mountains offer their immense wealth: a pristine, incomparable, and  easily accessible nature.They are renowned throughout the world: from the Belluno Pre-alps to Cansiglio, towering over Alpago, and then Cristallo, Sorapis, the Tofane overlooking Cortina, Marmolada, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo above the lake of Misurina; the Marmarole, so dear to painter Tiziano, Pelmo, Antelao, and Civetta –  the watershed between Agordo and Zoldo valleys; white Peralba, on the bordeer between the Sappada valley- where the river Piave has its source-  and Austria.
Any attempt to sum up the resources of these places   would be restrictive, and it would be impossible to mention all the various aspects of the tourist offer.

Altopiano della Paganella , San Martino di Castrozza, Passo Rolle, Primiero e Vanoi , Val di Fassa, Val di Fiemme, Valle Rendena, Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Valli di Sole , Pejo e Rabbi , Passo Tonale :
Unique scenic beauty, surrounded by the Dolomites, the most impressive mountains of the worldWinter in Trentino means unforgettable moments and emotions. The ski resorts of Trentino are a mixture of technology and breathtaking panoramic views. Endless well-groomed slopes for all levels and easy and comfortable ski lifts guarantee ski fun the whole season. Furthermore, this region features a traditional hospitality in its hotels and restaurants.
Trentino has always been a meeting place between Northern and Southern Europe and hosts a rich artistic, historical, cultural and traditional heritage.


Alpe di Siusti- Sciliar, Alta Badia, Alta Pusteria,Plan de Corones, Rosengarten Latermar/Val d’Ega. Val Gardena, Valle Isarco :
South Tyrol with 300 sunny days per year and fertile soils provides the ideal prerequisites to indulge the most discriminating bons vivants. South Tyrol’s quality food and drink products including speck, apples, crunchy “schüttelbrot” and grappa are especially sought-after. And of course wine: 25 different grape varieties thriving in just 5,000 hectares of vineyards yield wines which have long caused furore among connoisseurs. South Tyrol awaits you with 7,400 square kilometres to explore and marvel at. The amazement begins on arrival: Italians coming from the south are astonished to find authentic Alpine culture in their own country, while German-speaking holidaymakers delight in discovering Italian verve in their own language area. And once here all can indulge in the magic : 

 We take care of transport : with  our MERCEDES VAN with comfortable seats and plenty of space for all your luggage and your equipment we bring you anywhere from the airports of Venice and Treviso .from Mestre station or other location .

Venice Cruise Terminal

CRUISE TERMINAL AND VCE

Venice is one of the busiest cruise ports in the Mediterranean.
The  cruise terminal is  inside the venetian lagoon  which is connected to the Adriatic Sea by a narrow entrance called the Porto di Lido.
The Terminal Venezia Passeggeri or Venice Cruise Terminal is located near the 4-km causeway that links the historic city with the mainland. It consists of two main areas: the Marittima basin, which can handle the largest ships that call in Venice, and the San Basilio pier, which is just around the corner in the Giudecca Canal.

The Port of Venice is one of the most important in the Mediterranean for the cruise industry and through its  Passenger Terminals it hosts the major Cruise Ships operating in the Mediterranean COSTA , MSC , HOLLAND AMERICA, AIDA , OCEANIA CRUISES, SEABURN ,PRINCESS CRUISES, ROYAL CARRIBEAN, NORWEGIAN , CELEBRITY , SILVERSEA, SILVER WIND, WINDSTAR, AEGEAN ODYSSEY, AZAMARA CRUISES, IBEROS CRUCEROS, CRYSTAL SERENITY, SEA CLOUD, SEVEN SEAS MARINER REGENT, STAR CLIPPERS, ROYAL CLIPPER, COMPAGNIE DES ILES DU PONANT,  but also River Cruises, Ferries, Hydrofoils, Fast Ships to the coast of Istria, regular and maxi Yachts.

In 2014 Venezia Terminal Passeggeri welcomed  1.733.839 cruisers from over 170 countries, 78 ships from 42 cruise lines. 
You can also enjoy a trip on a hydrofoil to discover the neighboring Croatian and Slovenian coasts . From April to October 2014 , 91.125 passengers enjoyed this opportunity thanks to the wide array of daily journeys to some of the most popular destinations of the Istrian peninsula (Pula, Rovinj, Lošinj, Piran, Umag, Portoroz, Rabac).

Our vehicles  are authorized to access the Port area and reach the docks of  the cruise ships, so our drivers can take you directly to the Boarding Area of your ship and  welcome you (hanging a paper with your name on sign) at the Terminal of your cruise .