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If you’re looking to spend your vacation wining and dining at lively and fun-filled masquerade festivals in Italy and are looking for a place to stay, then you need not look any further!

Venice Carnival

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The pentagonal Forte Marghera, located between the Venetian Lagoon and the main land of Italy, is the largest and the oldest fort in Mestre, Venice. This huge picturesque fort is the barycentre of fortification of the mainland. Although Austrians laid the foundation of the fort, the French completed the construction work in the early 19th century.

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Although it is a matter of personal choice, not every international honeymooning couple wants to visit the US. Nor does every newly married couple in the US want to visit the Caribbean or South Pacific regions that are currently so popular. Here are 5 cities in Europe that are still popular destinations and options that can’t miss for a honeymoon.

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One of the loveliest and most interesting cities in the entire world is Venice, Italy. It was constructed on a lagoon some 600 years ago and has remained virtually unchanged since that point in time. The city has decayed somewhat since then but its fascinating character, heavy tourist traffic, and romantic charm remains the same as it has always been. However, what if you are vacationing with your children? If there is one thing you can say about the city of Venice, it is definitely not a place where they will get bored.

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The city of Venice, Italy has always been known for its many canals and how it has remained literally unchanged, though slightly decayed in spots, for over six centuries. The city is still known for the romantic charm, heavy visitor traffic, and charming character that it has always been recognized for. One of the more stunning features that attract locals and tourists alike are the many churches in Venice. We’ve listed several of the more popular ones that you should consider visiting should you be vacationing in the city anytime soon.

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The city of Venice with more tourists than residents is one of the most romantic and charming places in the world. The history of Republic of Venice dates back to the 9th century since when it prospered mainly on trade. Today, Venice is another Renaissance monument full of sights to admire. You won’t regret visiting Venice also in the summer, although the best weather for a travel is in March. In the summer it might be very hot and the canals smell. In the colder months you should be prepared for “acqua alta” (high water) when the water level rises above the level of the streets flooding them.

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With its architecture, culture, cuisine, history, and waterways, Venice is one of Italy’s most interesting and beautiful cities, if not in the entire European continent. It is by far one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and today it looks much the same way that it did over 6 centuries ago. Venice is also an excellent shopping destination as well, but unlike other larger European cities, what Venetians consider shopping malls are more like street markets and other types of shopping venues.

Venice Italy Night

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There are a number of excellent nightlife options in Venice, including bars, pubs, cinemas and theaters. Despite the wide selection, it is best that you plan for an evening early, especially where the bars and pubs are concerned. Many of these don’t stay open late and finding a venue in the middle of the week for a late night can be quite a challenge.

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Although Piazza San Marco offers a number of venues for an entertaining evening, there are two others locations that might better suit your tastes, particularly if you want to enjoy a little “pub crawling” or bar hopping for the evening. read full article

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, here is a rundown of the romantic destinations that lovers of all ages may want to consider for the special day.

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Paris is a city so closely associated with romance that it risks becoming a parody of itself. Unscrupulous hoteliers and restaurateurs in the city do their best to help this by raising prices through the roof for a week either side of the 14th February. However, Paris has the reputation it does because it is a very romantic city. Visitors are likely to have a break they will remember for the rest of their lives while the disadvantages will very quickly fade from memory. read full article

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Three popular annual Italian carnivals start in the mid or end of February.

Venice Carnival

The Putignano Carnival is the longest carnival in the world. It is scheduled for February 13 – March 8 and it is celebrated in Putignano, Puglia

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Most itineraries for a trip to Venice start with the obligatory visit to the Piazza San Marco with its host of glittering monuments, followed by an overpriced trip in a gondola down the Grand Canal towards the Rialto Arch.

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But if the thought of jostling for a photo opportunity among the crowds leaves you longing for a taste of the real Venice, there are plenty of hidden gems to be found in the city’s backwaters.

Exploring the twisting maze of streets where the real Venetians live and work, will lead you to a variety of little-visited but fascinating museums and galleries that offer an alternative insight to this magnificent city. read full article

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Marostica’s Live Chess Match is held every 2-years on even numbered years. We were there early to video pre-show preparations and for the evenings 2 1/2 hour performance.

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Located about an hour and a half from Venice sits the charming hill town of Marostica. The Upper and Lower Castles are joined by a crenellated wall, and the center of town has a giant Chess Board in the main Piazza. This small jewel of a town is not to be missed on your journeys throughout the Veneto Region of Italy. read full article

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Venice is served by two international airports, Marco Polo has been the most popular to date with full service airlines while the second, Treviso, is the base for budget airline routes to and from the city. Unsurprisingly, Treviso is further away and therefore connections are slightly less convenient.

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Marco Polo Airport offers travellers the chance to experience one of the most glamorous airport transfers anywhere in the world as they cruise across the Laguna Veneta towards the iconic skyline and grandeur of Venice. read full article

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With nearly 300,000 residents, Venice is one of Italy’s larger cities and one of the top holiday and vacation destinations in Europe.
Rialto Bridge in Venice
he beauty of Venice lies in the fact that the city is stretched out across 117 islands situated in the Venice Lagoon of northeastern Italy’s Adriatic Sea shoreline. read full article

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We were invited by our Italian friends to tour the exquisite Nardini Grappa Research and Visitor Center in Bassano del Grappa. These architectural gems are fondly referred to as “le Bolle” which means the Bubbles.

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