Venice is a labyrinth of narrow streets and waterways that you could wander for days and still feel disoriented. The city is a kaleidoscope for all senses, and around every corner you discover new colors, smells, textures, and flavors.
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Stained glass inside the Palazzo Ducale (Palace of the Dojo)
Fish stands at the Rialto Market
Cicchetti are probably one of the best things about Venice. These small snacks are served all over Venice, typically in “bacari” (cicchetti bars) and they make the perfect accompaniment to glass of wine or prosecco.
“Infinite Place” - The French Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale. Founded in 1895, this world renowned cultural institution hosts annual international arts exhibitions in Contemporary Art, Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Music, and Theater.
I Giardini della Biennale
Views from the ferry to the Venetian island of Murano. While most of Venice is concentrated on a central island, it is part of a larger archipelago of 118 islands scattered throughout the Venetian Lagoon.
Murano, one of the most visited outer islands, is famous for its blown glass.
Morning watch in Murano
The island of Burano is a small fishing village known for its colorful palate of painted houses.
The city of Bologna, in northern Italy, is known for its culinary delights. The streets are lined with fresh produce stands, butchers, pasta makers, bakeries, gelaterias, and other speciality food shops. An of course, it’s the birthplace of the classic Bolognese sauce, though don’t try to order that. Italians simply call it ragu.
The University of Bologna is the oldest continually-operated university in the world.
The Verona Arena is a Roman amphitheater that predates, and was the model for, the more famous Roman Coliseum.
Bertani Winery specializes in Amarone from Italy’s Valpolicella region
A popular vacation destination in northern Italy, Lake Garda is known for its crystal clear water and mountain views.
Cassone di Malcesine
View from our cafe on the shore of Lake Garda
The small towns nestled in the Alto-Adige region of northeastern Italy are just across the border from Austria. Most people speak German more readily than Italian, and this culture is also evident in the architecture, food, and wine.
Wine tasting and lunch at Alois Lageder Winery
South Tyrol Gourmet Festival
Speck is an English and German term meaning “fat.” South Tyrol is famous for this gourmet smoked bacon, and its close cousin prosciutto is enjoyed across Italy.
The Dolomites, also called the Italian Alps, are known for their jagged peaks and strikingly unique colors.
The famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo hike starts at Rifugio Auronzo and circumnavigates these three distinctive peaks, also known as Drei Zinnen.
The Fontana delle Tette was originally built in 1559 for the Republic of Venice. Every autumn, red wine would pour from one breast, white wine from the other, and citizens could drink for free for three days.
Poli Distillery, famous for its Grappa.
Canoli from Dolce Bassano