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Can we travel again to Italy in May? What about the entry requirements? Are there things to be aware of? Friends and family asked me these questions recently and actually it is very difficult to do a prediction. I hope that in the end of May/beginning of June entering Italy will be easier. At the...
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What have the Miss Italia beauty contest and the Easter Dove in common? They were invented by the same man: Dino Villani.Differnt „antique“ legends evolved around the invention of the Colomba di Pasqua (Easter Dove), but in reality its invention had pratical reasons.Do you remember my article about the Panettone and the fact that the...
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Get those prosecco glasses and let the cork fly: A Happy New Year to all of you! What did you say: I’m 2 months late? On the contrary! In Venice the New Year was celebrated till the end of the Republic in 1797 on the 1st of March. February was thus the last month of...
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A woman was lying in bed, her face was contorted by pain. She was not alone, a woman was sitting at her bed. Suddenly a shrill scream was breaking the silence of the room and the walls began to shake. It was not the voice of the woman, but the voice of a child. A...
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We all know the button I in Microsoft Word, but did you ever wonder who invented the italic type? We actually have to thank a man that lived in the 15th century: Aldo Manuzio. Up to the present day, we don’t know a lot of details concerning the origin of Manuzio. He was probably born...
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The foundation Bevilacqua La Masa dedicates also this year with their initiative „vitrine accese“ (illuminated shopwindows) different studios and their windows in Seconda Calle de l’Ascension to 15 artists for a total of 3 months in order to promote, help and form them: A historic project of art residencies that animates the city since 1901...
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The streets were filled with people from all over Europe: Women dressed in long flowing dresses and large swinging skirts, the face hidden beneath a Bauta* or a Moretta*. Men were dressed in elegant jackets and powdered wigs, white silk stockings and elegant shoes, hiding their face with a mask. It was Carnival! Giacomo was...
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The city was all haywire as an important visitor was expected: Frederick IV king of Denmark and Norway would visit the Serenissima. Obviously a regatta couldn’t miss! The Serenissima organized regattas on a regular basis in occasion of important festivities (amongst others to keep the male citizens fit for war) or the visit of VIPs....
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Carnevale Venezia 2015 Festa Veneziana Sull'Acqua
… or no Carnival 2021. That is the question. Museums are closed. Shopping centres are open. Drinking an aperitivo in the evening is allowed, but just while sitting and until 6 pm. Yes, you can have a walk, but not in touristy places. 2020. The year of regulations that change every week. And what about...
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You would like to discover the Lido or reach Venice from Mestre by bike but you don’t have one or you don’t want to bring yours? Instead of using your own bike, you can now use a bikesharing system that was inaugurated this year in Venice (well, actually we already had a bike sharing in...
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yellow flowers in brown woven basket on bicycle
Venice is a city where you can move around by foot or by taking one of waterbusses along the canals. Bikes are not allowed in the historic city centre. „So why are you writing a blog article about how to reach Venice by bike?”, you might ask. Well, because you can actually cross the bridge...
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„Contemplative“ rushing from one shop to the other searching for the perfect Christmas present for a friend, a brother, a sister, the parents, … but nothing really convinces you and then the 23rd of December is already on your doorstep. A gift idea though is far and wide not in sight. Well then, do you...
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Fortunately, despite the Covid-19 crisis, “Redentore”, the Redeemer’s Day festivities, are going to take place this year. *thumb up* (Please click here for my blog post with some infos on this very traditional Venetian festivity.) In case you absolutely don’t have a clue, what you coud do, where you could go, and how to celebrate...
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A holiday in Venice is normally associated with a walk through the maze like streets, a visit to the historical museums or also with culinary highlights. But Venice has so much more to offer: Bike excursions on Lido island for instance, or a relaxing holiday in one of the luxury Spas in the city cenre,...
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Venezia - Sant'Erasmo: Baccan
Since the 18th of May 2020 it is again possibile to hit the beach! To guarantee the minimum social distance between all visitors, a special app was designed for Jesolo to book your umbrella/sunbed beforehand online on private beaches and your spot on the equipped free beaches (spiaggia libera attrezzata). Like this the stream of...
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6 places for the best view over venice
An orange gem resting on a blue glass plate: it’s Venice seen from above. (Henry James) Venice was for the first time in its history drawn in detail by Jacopo de Barbari: he drew the city in bird‘s eye view from the top of the island San Giorgio Maggiore, just opposite Saint Mark’s Square and...
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Venezia: Ingresso al Campiello dei Morti
A new start for Venice: tiny group tours can be offered again! More quality, bye bye mass tourism. Yippee, since the 25th of May 2020 official tour guides can work and propose tours again! Hygienical and organizational rules have to be respected though (see attachement 2 of the Regional enactment 50 of the 23rd of...
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Venezia: Campiello dei Morti
To avoid the spread of Covid-19 certain rules have to be respected during the use of public transportation service. It is mandatory to wear masks at the bus stop/trainstation/… Gloves are not any more mandatory (see governmental decree DPCM del 17 maggio 2020 and the regional decree Ordinanza della Regione Veneto n. 49 del 18...
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Carnevale: Volo dell'Angelo
Venice Boattour in the Lagoon You can either rent a boat with a skipper or navigate on your own around the lagoon (not through the city centre). There are different companies renting boats in Venice: Brussa is Boat Campello Marine Laguniamo (electric boats/motor boats/kayak) You don’t need any driving licence with a motor up to...
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Venezia: Santi Maria e Donato mosaico
You may have heard last year in media that Venice had decided to introduce an entrance fee for all those who access the historical city centre: This action shall help to limit the number of people coming to the city centre and keep masses away.   In the following lines I will summarize the main...
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  •   Vielen Dank an Beatrice, die uns mit guter Laune, interessanten Geschichten und Details, nur wenige Gassen vom Markusplatz entfernt die versteckten Ecken gezeigt hat. Sie liebt "ihr" Venedig und daran hat sie uns teilhaben lassen. Danke für diesen schönen Vormittag .

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  •   Einfach toll!

    thumb Christian
  •   Beatrice war eine herzliche, sympathische und ihren Kunden zugewandte Touristenführerin, die uns Venedig noch einmal näher gebracht hat .
    Sie wußte zu jedem Thema, das wir angesprochen haben, eine geschichtlich fundierte Erläuterung zu geben und fügte zusätzlich noch kleine Anekdoten hinzu, sodass uns die Geschichte Venedigs besser in Erinnerung bleiben wird.

    Die Zeit ist wie im Fluge vergangen, da sie Ihr Wissen lebendig vermittelte und stets auf unsere individuellen Wünsche einging.

    Ihre Tour dauerte länger als geplant.

    Beatrice ist als Touristenführerin unbedingt zu empfehlen.
    Wir werden Sie bei unserem nächsten Aufenthalt in Venedig zur BIENNALE 2022 versuchen wieder zu buchen.

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  •   Sehr gute Tour, kann ich jedem empfehlen

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  •   Bea hat uns zwei zauberhafte Stunden beschert, in denen wir Venedig auf versteckten Pfaden noch besser kennengelernt und verstanden haben, obwohl wir schon mehrmals dort waren. Sehr angenehm und jederzeit gerne wieder! :-)

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  •   Bea hat uns nicht nur die versteckten Ecken von Venedig gezeigt, sondern auch lebendig gemacht. Wir haben die Tour sehr genossen

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  •   Unsere Entdeckungstour war total interessant und hat verschiedene, neue Erkenntnisse gebracht. Beatrice hat uns alles sehr sympathisch erzählt und ist auch auf unsere speziellen Wünsche eingegangen.
    Es war eine wirkliche Entdeckung für Venedig und sehr empfehlenswert.

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  •   Beatrice hat uns pünktlich am vereinbarten Ort empfangen. Sie kennt sich in Venedig super aus und zeigte uns die versteckten Ecken, schmückte auch bestimmte highlights mit anschaulichen Geschichten aus. Beatrice legte auch Wert auf Besonderheiten die nicht unbedingt im Reiseführer stehen. Eine perfekte Tour mit einem sehr angenehmen tour guide, jederzeit in der Lage auch geschichtliche Hintergründe zu erläutern. Diese Tour mit Beatrice können wir nur empfehlen.

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  •   Der Stadtrundgang mit Bea war für uns etwas ganz Besonderes. Bei unserem ersten Besuch in Venedig hat uns Bea an ganz spezielle Plätze und Orte geführt, die wir alleine niemals gefunden hätten. Dabei hat Sie uns mit ihrer offenen und herzlichen Art und mit ihrem profunden Fachwissen wirklich begeistert. In den zwei kurzweiligen Stunden haben wir sehr viel über die wundervolle Stadt, ihre Geschichte und ihre Menschen gehört. Man merkt Bea mit jedem Wort an, wie sehr ihr die Stadt am Herzen liegt.
    Ein Stadtrundgang mit Bea ist unbedingt zu empfehlen und ein großes Erlebnis!
    Axel und Alexandra

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  •   Beatrice führte uns durch ein wunderschönes, packendes Venedig abseits der üblichen Touristen Trampelpfade. Es war ein besonderes Erlebnis. Herausragend sind auch ihre Kenntnisse die sehr breit gefächert sind. Egal ob es um das Leben der Venezianer von heute, von vor 300, 600 oder 1000 Jahre geht, ob es um geschichtliche oder kunsthistorische Dinge geht. Beatrice weiß Bescheid. Ich kann eine Tour mit Beatrice jedem empfehlen, der etwas mehr über Venedig wissen will, der sich nicht mit den Infos aus Reiseführern zufrieden geben mag.

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Feel Venice' magic

  • All places and lanes are carefully hand picked by me.
  • Discover Venice in a small group of maximum 8 persons or during a private tour.
  • #enjoyrespectvenezia and its citizens by choosing a small group tour or a private tour as Venice particular urban structure is not fit for big group tours. 
  • Tours can be tailor made according to your interests and needs.
  • In Italy a license is mandatory to work as a tour guide. Booking a tour with me or my licensed colleagues - instead of an unauthorized guide - means to support a professional who chooses to put all his/her passion in his/her work and in continuing education.
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