One of the most popular Italian desserts is tiramisu, a coffee-and-cream concoction. As with many dishes that are now so common that they’re found on nearly every Italian menu both in Italy and abroad, there is some debate over the origin of tiramisu. Almost everyone agrees, however, it comes from the Veneto region.
Apparently, there are boat people and there are non-boat people, or so I was told by my instructor on the Venice Gondola School: Learn How to Be a Gondolier tour. I fall straight into the latter camp. Sure, I’ve rowed a canoe and kayaked here and there under the supervision of a stronger and more skilled shipmate. But in the world of boaters, I am a true beginner, and a clumsy one at that. Fortunately, the tour is designed for people of my ilk and more experienced sailors alike.
Venice has long been known as a city of art. Today, visitors may be distracted by the canals, the gondolas, and the crowds, but this is a place where art lovers can feed their hunger. One such museum for art lovers is the Accademia Gallery.
A trip to Venice ought to be as much about relaxing as it is about sightseeing – especially since the famously laid-back Italians are leading the way. Making it even easier to relax are the number of thermal day spas near Venice.
Venice is made up of hundreds of individual islands, but they’re divided into six neighborhoods called “sestieri.” The largest of these is the Castello sestiere, which makes up the tail of the fish-shaped city.
Many people who visit Italy spend time in the big three destinations – Venice, Rome, and Florence. If you’re doing things a little differently, you might not be able to fit a few days in each of those cities. Luckily, with Italy’s excellent high-speed rail network, you can squeeze in a quick visit to a place you might otherwise have to skip. You could, for instance, take a day trip to Florence from Venice.
We all know that Venice is the canal city, and you’re probably familiar with the Grand Canal – the main artery twisting through the middle of the islands. But with hundreds of islands making up the city of Venice, there are bound to be canals that most people never see. You could explore some of them with a motorboat tour of Venice’s secret canals.
Visiting Venice means being surrounded by water, but if those legendary canals aren’t enough to satisfy your longing for wide open stretches of water, then head into the mountains to see Lake Misurina.
The Jewish Ghetto in Venice is the historic area where Jews were forced to live starting in the early 16th century, and it’s from the Venetian word “gheto” that we got the word “ghetto.” The neighborhood remains a center of Jewish culture in the city, although you’d be hard-pressed to identify any of the five historic synagogues – they’re hidden from view, and have been since they were built.