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Things to do in Pisa – Stroll along the Arno River

  If you’re looking for something else to do in Pisa after you’ve visited the main monuments in the Square of Miracles, we recommend a stroll along the Arno River. The river, which also flows through the city of Florence, cuts through … Continue reading

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Things to do in Venice – Visit the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto

  If you find yourself in the San Polo district in the area of the Rialto Markets, be sure to stop by the legendary Church of San Giacomo di Rialto. This medieval church, just steps from the Rialto Bridge, is simple yet … Continue reading

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Things to do in Venice – Visit the Markets in Rialto

The neighborhood of Rialto, which takes its name from Rivo Alto (the ‘high banks’ along the Grand Canal), is the site of the original Venetian settlement dating back to around 421 A.D. At the heart of the fish-shaped group of islands and extending into … Continue reading

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Things to do in Venice – Visit La Salute (Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute)

La Salute at the eastern tip of Dorsorduro  is a dominating feature visible from your Venice Grand Canal cruise.  This monument holds a special place in the hearts of Venetians and once a year a temporary pedestrian bridge is built across … Continue reading

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Things to do near Venice – Visit the Island of Torcello

The nearly deserted island of Torcello has a few interesting buildings worth seeing.  So, if you’ve purchased the ACTV 12-hour vaporetto pass and made the trip across the lagoon to Burano, we suggest continuing on to Torcello. When you arrive … Continue reading

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Things to do near Venice – Visit Burano, the Island of Color and Lace

Consisting of four small islands connected by bridges, Burano is just a little smaller than its neighbor Murano and almost as popular with tourists.  Known for its brightly colored houses and the centuries-old art of lace making, the charming island … Continue reading

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Things to do near Venice – Visit Murano, the Island of Glass

Of the islands surrounding Venice in the Veneto Lagoon, Murano – the island of glass – is one of the most popular.  It’s accessible from Venice by vaporetto and makes for an interesting stop on a day trip.  First settled during … Continue reading

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Things to do in Venice – Visit Basilica Frari

Along the Rio dei Frari in the San Polo neighborhood you’ll come across the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.  Referred to simply as ‘Frari’, this minor basilica adjoining the former Franciscan Monastery (now the State Archives), is one … Continue reading