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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Summertime' in Venice with Katharine Hepburn

Where: Italy
October 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Planning for the trip of a lifetime can be just as exciting as getting on the plane to step foot in your dream city. 'Summertime" follows the story of Jane Hudson (played by Katharine Hepburn) as she squirrels away her wages from her elementary school secretary job to escape Akron, OH during summer break and head to Venice. A young and beautiful American woman traveling alone in La Serenissima, what could go wrong?

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Pack Your Galoshes, as 'Acqua Alta' Has Arrived to Flood Venice

Where: Venice, Italy
February 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

So you’ve been to Venice during the warmer weather—and it was great—but to see the city in a different way you might want to check things out during the late winter. After all, that’s when the Acqua Alta rolls into town, and makes a pair of waterproof boots essential for getting from point A to point B.

More often than not the Adriatic Sea gets cranky during the winter, and the tides strengthen. That’s especially the case for the waters in the Venetian Lagoon, and that means the lagoon becomes one with the lowest parts of the city—even more so than usual.

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The 5 Italy Etiquette Rules Every Traveler Should Know

Where: Italy
January 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.

Italy has been a major destination for travelers since...well, forever. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was the building block of The Grand Tour, designed to "enlighten" and inspire foreigners. In the 20th and now, the 21st century, modern air travel has made a quick hop to Italy totally doable.

Despite centuries upon centuries and billions upon billions of tourists, some finer bits of Italian etiquette still escape visitors. Here, we'll share a few details we've been enlightened to, over our own many trips to La Bella Italia:

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Like It or Not, Venice Could Get a Theme Park in 2015

Where: Venice, Italy
November 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Venice is known for its architecture, its gondolas, and of course its water, but if one group gets their way the city will soon be known for its theme park. Apparently, one developer is eager to build something else where tourists can head after they’re done filling their carry-ons with Murano glass and Venetian carnival masks.

The group behind the idea is Zamperia, and they’ve released their plans to shell out around €80 million to set up an amusement park on the artificial island of Sacca San Biagio, including plans for a 160-foot Ferris wheel as well as a roller coaster. The island is currently made up of landfill waste, so on the bright side they really can’t make things worse.

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George Clooney Busted for Driving a Venice Water Taxi

Where: Venice, Italy
August 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

George Clooney got himself into some hot water this week in Venice. The debonaire actor was in town to promote his upcoming movie Gravity with co-star Sandra Bullock at the Venice Film Festival when he nonchalantly took the wheel of a water taxi.

As is the case everywhere he goes, the locals were so blinded by Clooney's charm offensive they didn't even realize he was breaking the law in the process well, all except one. After seeing George steering the boat, lawyer Mario D'Elia asked authorities to find out if he had the appropriate nautical license and a permit to pilot a water taxi. “I asked the authorities to go to the Hotel Cipriani to see if Clooney has a nautical license,” D’Elia told the local paper.

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'A Idiot Abroad' Ships Off to Venice to Start Season Three

January 21, 2013 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

For the third and final season of An Idiot Abroad, Ricky Gervais is sending his buddy Karl Pilkington in the footsteps of Marco Polo, who spent three years traveling from Venice to China in the 13th Century. And, this time, Ricky decided to give Karl a travel companion, Life's Too Short star Warwick Davis. They're about to have "the adventure of a lifetime, whether they like it or not."

In Saturday's season premiere, Pilkington and Davis start out in Venice, where Karl decides that living "in water" just "doesn't work." After checking into their hotel and navigating Venice's long alleyways like "Pac Man," Warwick and Karl spend a day in St. Mark's Square which Karl, who once longed for his travels to be more like vacations, complained that Warwick was treating the trip "too much like a holiday."

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Venice, Italy

Where: Venice, Italy
July 11, 2012 at 3:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted at: Piazzale Roma, Venice, Italy.

This week's Travel Cat is from Jaunted Instagram fan @valancyr, who spotted this fluffy white kitty roaming the mosaic courtyard of a hotel near the Piazzale Roma in Venice, Italy.

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Even Venice Has Its Own Bike Sharing System, Despite All That Water

Where: Venice, Italy
June 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

The best way to get around Venice is by foot, but of course there are plenty of gondoliers that will tell you differently as you make your way around the city. Despite the lack of cars and roads—and the abundance of canals and waterways—there’s another way to cruise around town. Over on the Lido bicycles are everywhere, but don’t be sad if you forgot to bring yours too, because bike sharing is alive and well in Venice.

We took the vaporetto over to Venice’s longest island, and immediately stumbled onto the city’s "Bike Sharing Venezia" program after getting off the waterbus. Unfortunately we weren’t just able to swipe our credit card and pedal away, but this time it was due to some poor planning and not the lack of a chip-and-pin credit card.

Venice’s bike sharing program works much like other bike sharing systems around the globe. Swipe your access card, pick out your bike, pedal around, and then return it before too much time passes. You’re encouraged to use the bikes to get to the next stop, as it’s cheaper to do it that way and it keeps the bikes available for others looking to do the same.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Mazzorbo, Italy

Where: Mazzorbo, Italy
April 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Trattoria Maddalena on L'Isola Mazzorbo, Italy.

This week's Travel Cat comes from Jaunted friend John Walton, who spotted a well-fed kitty near Venice. He explains:

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If You're Freaked Out by a Leaning Big Ben in London, Beware Venice

Where: Venice, Italy
October 27, 2011 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you haven't heard, London's famous landmark Big Ben is leaning. The announcement was made just this month, with the detail that the very tippy top of the clock tower is 1.5 feet off center. This has naturally sparked fears that Big Ben may take a dive into the Thames, but—from all we know of Venice's various leaning towers, this won't happen in our liftetime...nor that of our children or children's children, so chillax.

For comparison, see the Campanile (bell tower) of Chiesa di Santo Stefano (St. Stephen's church) in our photo above. It's one of several towers with an impressive lean in La Serenissima, and it's been boozily tilting (and twisting) since it was rebuilt in the 1800s following a lightning strike nearly three centuries earlier. Although it's in constant danger of collapse, tourists still absentmindedly gather below it at pasticcerias and ristorantes.

Even worse is the 143' white campanile of San Giorgio dei Greci, which was completed in 1592 and has been leaning from the start. Paranoid travelers will now likely add "hard hat" to their Venice packing list, we suppose.

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Looking Down on Venice from 34,000 Feet

Where: Venice, Italy
October 26, 2011 at 2:08 PM | by | Comment (1)


This is the kind of thing you miss when you pull the blind down on your window seat: Venice from the air.

We took this on a BA flight from Gatwick to Bari the week before last. When we’d flown the same route a couple of years before, we’d been treated to an unforgettable sight of Venice, with the Grand Canal snaking its way down the middle of the city. So this time we were prepared.

As we were crossing the Alps, we asked one of the flight attendants when we’d be going over Venice. “Will we be going over Venice?” she said, in that typical glum BA style. “I have no idea. Only the pilot would know that.” So we asked her to ask the pilot, who said that yes, in 10 minutes, it’d be coming up.

Ten minutes later, there it was. Not as perfect a view as the last time, but you can still make out the Grand Canal, Giudecca, San Michele, Murano and the Lido. Straordinario!

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Johnny Depp Lays Down $13.5 Million to Buy a Grand Canal Palazzo in Venice

Where: Venice, Italy
January 31, 2011 at 9:22 AM | by | Comment (1)

It's been quite a while since the paparazzi had to chase down Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie with water taxis in Venice, since The Tourist wrapped filming and hit the theaters months ago. The stars have moved on—Jolie to filming a Bosnian war movie and Depp to Hawaii for Pirates of the Caribbean 4—but apparently the musty allure of Venice crept into Depp's heart and stayed, as he's just bought himself a palazzo on the Grand Canal.

It's not a flashy one at all (as you can see in the photo above), but the Daily Mail reports that Palazzo Dona Sangiantoffetti is costing Depp £8.5million ($13.5 million) after a bidding war with an Arab prince. There are only so many available palazzi left right on the Grand Canal, we suppose, especially since many have been turned into museums.

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