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Getting a glimpse of snow-covered Rome is quite rare, even to natives of this Ancient City. Snowfall is known to come once every 20 years, so when it does happen, it’s thrilling to be able to remember it in photos. Here’s a look at 10 photos which capture snow-capped Rome in its rarest form.

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For a traditional Christmas experience that the whole family will treasure, the annual Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London is an experience that is hard to beat.

Wonderland - Hyde Park

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Winter is fast approaching in the radar screen and all you want is escape it. You have 2 options, first, freeze all day for couple months and spend lots of money for ‘heating’ bills, second, using the same money and and head south to the best Caribbean Holiday vacation getaways! The choice is obvious, isn’t it? Let’s discover a list of great hot islands of this winter

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Latvia is a very popular tourist destination, especially for those individuals who are looking for a great winter skiing holiday or vacation experience. The ski season in Latvia starts in December and concludes in April.

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Currently, there are 19 different ski resorts in Latvia, all of which offer great cross-country skiing opportunities. Because the counrty lacks in speed slopes the opportunities for downhill skiing are few. However, there is sufficient terrain to accommodate anyone that loves to ski, whether a beginner or an advanced skier. Moreover, most ski resorts in Latvia offer nice accommodations and ski tutelage. read full article

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While Colorado gets all the attention with regards to skiing in the Rocky Mountains, Utah is finally emerging as a serious competitor with its powdery slopes offering ‘the greatest snow on earth’ and cheaper resorts.

Utah's Alta ski resort

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While Utah may lack some of the glamour and infrastructure of its neighbours, it more than makes up for this with challenging ski slopes and unspoilt character. read full article

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If you’ve had enough of skiing and want to try something a bit different, Switzerland has it all: ice diving, heliskiing, snowkiting and Europe’s longest sledge. And have you tried airboarding yet?

Snowkiting SwitzerlandPhoto by Ottawas

Europe’s longest sledge

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London has lots of ice skating rinks, many of them right in the heart of the city. Here are some of the best places to go ice skating in London.

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Ice Skating in Hyde Park

The Winter Wonderland theme park comes to London’s Hyde Park every year before Christmas with lots of seasonal activities and a very popular ice skating rink. Hyde Park is a nice setting for skating and you can also browse the German Christmas Market, check out the Christmas Circus and enjoy a hot drink in the bar. read full article

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Switzerland is world renowned for its great ski destinations. The Alps in the southern part of the country and Jura to the northwest, attract winter sports aficionados from all over the world. The following article provides information on some of the best ski resorts in Switzerland.

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Andermatt – is one of those popular ski resorts that lull you into a sense of getting in touch with the season and well-being. read full article

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Ice skating is one of the most popular wintertime activities in Helsinki. Skating in Helsinki is easy and fun, as most of the ice skating rinks in Helsinki are free or very cheap. As well as the free and low-cost local ice skating rinks, you can try skating in the Helsinki Ice Park on the Railway Station square (right by the main train station).

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The Helsinki Ice Park

The centrally located Ice Park has been an annual event in Helsinki ever since 2006. The Ice Park takes over the railway station square in late November and stays open until March. The €5 ticket (or €2 for kids) gives you access to the ice for a whole day. Skates can be hired and if you have never skated before, skating lessons are offered too. You can even borrow a helmet for the kids (for free). The Ice Park also has a café for hot drinks and snacks. read full article

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From Europe’s biggest freestyle snowboarding open to an ice climbing festival and an international sled dog race, here are top five winter sports events in Switzerland this season.
Sledge Dog Races in Switzerland

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Happy Birthday Venere Travel Blog!

Happy Birthday to Venere Travel Blog

It’s two years now that The Venere Travel Blog is online. It’s been fun and we hope that you have had such an amusing time as we have had. read full article

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Ever heard the popular pipe tune “The Green Hills of Tyrol”? When you trek up the Alps in the Tyrol region the music seems to be playing all around.

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It is only inability that will stop a tourist from yodeling out aloud. From the snow covered peaks of the winter months to the lushness of the green during the summer months, Tyrol – the key to discovering the Alps, read full article

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This week’s specials unveil a tropical paradise in Europe and the best place to have a cup of tasteful wine in Paris.

For those looking for some fun, Sweden is about to hold the Kiruna Snow Festival and… What about food? Let’s travel to Croatia to discover Croatian cuisine. read full article

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After 80 years of rule by atheistic communism, Christmas barely gets a look in on the Russian festive calendar, but rather the big one, the celebration that brings the whole country to a standstill for the best part of a month, is the… read full article

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Vienna is a magical city at any time of year but this is especially true around the Christmas and New Year period.

With fairy lights sparkling around the fantastic architecture, the incredibly friendly and welcoming atmosphere and the aromas… read full article

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