The extraordinary life of the most outrageous Venetian of the 20th century

Luisa Casati was an Italian heiress, muse and patroness of the arts in early 20th century Europe – Corbis Historical As another peachy Bellini-colored sunset begins to dissolve the stones and bricks of Venice into light and water, I, as regal as I can on a black-painted gondola, miss a crucial element: a living cheetah … Read more

Finding art and tranquility in the secret corners of Venice

On the top floor of Ca’ Rezzonico you can see the frescoes of Giandomenico Tiepolo’s private villa – Alamy Venice has always been a busy city. There were complaints about the noise and crowds centuries ago. Although I love the place today, the sheer number of other visitors can be troublesome. Unless you know how … Read more

Introducing Europe’s new cruise map – with Venice falling out of favour

Cruise ships shift their routes from Dubrovnik (pictured) to the nearby city of Split – Getty/iStock As opposition to cruise ships refuses to subside in some of Europe’s most popular ports, the region’s cruise map is being subtly redrawn as companies look for alternative stops. Norwegian Cruise Line announced this week that it would stop … Read more

Why a cap on tourists could be the next step for Venice

Simone Venturini, councilor for tourism in Venice, hopes to better balance the needs of residents, visitors and workers – Bloomberg Congested Venice will aim to resolve the long-running problems by 2024 with the introduction of an entrance fee for day trippers and restrictions on the size of tour groups. The council’s aim, said Simone Venturini, … Read more

Why Venice is the ultimate winter city trip in Europe

‘Faded, delicate skies were splashed in yellow, orange and gold’ – Getty The nearly empty water taxi shook and made a strange, ethereal whine, as if whales were involved in moving it along. As we approached Venice a week before Christmas, we were enveloped in light: silvery blue and pearly white skies. Lacy palaces and … Read more

an American plan to turn Venezia into a global brand

Even Venezia wasn’t sure what they were getting when they signed Tanner Tessmann from FC Dallas in 2021. The club’s then general manager, Alexander Menta, described the midfielder as “my big bet” during an interview with Grant Wahl. He liked Tessman’s size, athleticism and work ethic, but those traits alone don’t make him a top … Read more