Rialto Bridge Views – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 27th, 2018

Realto Bridge Views in Venice - Keep Calm and Wander

Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge in Venice that connects San Marco and San Polo areas. It was first but in the 12th century and has been rebuilt so many times since then. There’s no doubt that Rialto Bridge is the most famous bridge and most photogenic of all 4 bridges in the Grand Canal. You can’t speak of Venice without mentioning the Realto Bridge.

Today, no tourists would miss crossing the bridge and leave his footprints without standing on it. It has become one of the city’s most-visited tourist attractions.

As you can see, Rialto Bridge is a covered bridge, which is a good thing, especially under the summer heat.

However, due to constant foot traffic and camwhoring tourists, you might not be able to litter here for a long time. Don’t be selfish. Give others a chance to take their own photos.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Alle Guglie B&B – Gay Venice Bed & Breakfast

Author: , July 2nd, 2017

Alle Guglie B&B

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Alle Guglie B&B is a charming Venetian bed and breakfast located in the Cannaregio district, convenient from the train station (just a five minute walk) or Piazzale Roma. Cannaregio is one of the few districts where you can still feel the “real Venice”, away from the tourist mass areas; you’ll find wide roads and canals, great Italian bars and cafes, and a taste of Venetian day-to-day life.

Alle Guglie is also a great place to use as a base to explore all that Venice offers – in about fifteen minutes on foot you’ll be at Rialto bridge and few more at St. Mark’s Square.

We’re also just a short walk from the ancient Jewish Ghetto, and literally steps from the Cannaregio boat stop on the canal where you can catch a direct boat to the island of Murano (known for the world-famous glass makers), or Burano (famous for the lace production and the different colors houses), and Torcello with its magnificent cathedral.

Alle Guglie is an apartment on the top floor of a sixteenth-century building, off a private courtyard away from the main street. We only offer one guest room, so you’ll have a lot of privacy and the total attention of your host, Antonio.

The very quiet guestroom is large and sunny, has its own private furnished balcony, A/C, radio, collection of books and guides about the city and dedicated bathroom.

Antonio provides full breakfast with fresh bread and croissants, marmalade, orange juice, yogurt, brioches, cereal, and everything else you might need for a great start of the day.

During the good season, you can enjoy breakfast on common the balcony overlooking an ancient courtyard; in the winter, he serves breakfast in the kitchen where you always find a coffee and tea available.

Your stay includes continental breakfast each morning, bedding and towels, and anything else you may need to make your visit perfect and confortable.

Antonio, who has been running the bed and breakfast for about ten years, knows the city inside and out has a degree in Art history and can direct you to great museums, churches, restaurants, activities around the city. He can also point you to the best gay cafes and bars.

Come stay with Antonio at Alle Guglie by yourself or with your partner, and enjoy the real gay Venice.

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Villa Gasparini – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Dolo, Italy

Author: , July 24th, 2016

Villa Gasparini

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Villa Gasparini is a fully renovated historic building has 15 exquisitely finished rooms, furnished following 6 different themes, from classic Venetian to ethno-chic style, that represent the masculine / feminine duality and the juxtaposition of opposites.

We are close to the art cities of Veneto, thefamous Venetian Villas, Padua, Treviso and countless large and smallgems that we will be pleased to suggest.

All of our rooms are equipped with free wi-fi, LCD tv, safe, minibar and air-conditioning.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Villa Stella, Venice, Italy

Author: , November 8th, 2015

Villa Stella

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Villa Stella is a cozy anchient Villa , managed by the same family since 1940 .Stella and Michela ,welcome our guests with friendly and lovely atmosphere , offering 12 bright and confortable rooms , each one different in colors and tapestry .A lovely flowery garden welcome the guests for the breakfasts during the summer months . Our tasty breakfast offers many homemade products , such as marmallade, cake, yougurt.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Alle Guglie B&B, Venice

Author: , December 5th, 2013

Alle Guglie B&B, VenicePeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Cozy and Elegant Bed and Breakfast: Located in the quarter of Cannaregio, a part of the city that offers an authentic taste of Venetian life and little-known artistic gems. Just outside the ancient Jewish Ghetto is only a five-minute walk from the train station and Piazzale Roma, within fifteen minutes to Rialto Bridge and Saint Mark’s Square.

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Venice’s Rialto Bridge and Market

Author: , November 30th, 2013

Rialto Bridge Venice - Carlos MeliaThe Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal, and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo.

I came to visit before I lunch at the lovely, recently opened, Aman Grand Canal, which is only steps away. Like Ponte Vecchio is to Florence, Ponte di Rialto is to Venice.

This bridge dates to 1181, originally built out of wood, like it was painted on the Miracle of the Cross at the Ponte di Rialto, also known as The Healing of the Madman painting by Italian Renaissance artist Vittore Carpaccio.

It is a fabulous spot for photos, and if you can… take a private riva along the Grand Canal and cross under the bridge. You will get AMAZING photo moments.

Now the biggest surprise was to discover the Rialto Mercato or Rialto Market. It takes place from early in the morning to around 1PM. See locals and foreigners flock to shop and enjoy the real daily Venetian life. Rialto Bridge and Market are a MUST see and visit spot of Venice.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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Postcards From an Italian Adventure – Verona & Belzono

Author: , July 3rd, 2010

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Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on an extended adventure in Italy. She has graciously agreed to let us republish her travel logs. Enjoy!


Thursday, June 3rd

Buona sera,

ColisseumIt is getting late and I need to get to bed, but I just have to tell you about our last two days. We left Venice Tuesday morning, and went to Verona. What a lovely city. Our hotel was right near the main Piazza, so after dropping our bags off (our rooms were not ready yet), we took the Rick Steve’s self guided city tour.

ColisseumOur first stop was the Arena, which is the 3rd largest Roman amphitheater in Italy. It is beautiful, and well maintained, used for opera presentations, Shakespeare plays, Rod Stewart concerts, all sort of entertainment, as apparently the acoustics are excellent.

Then we walked down what has to be the Rodeo Drive of Verona, and found Enoteca Oreste, a wine and grappa bar. We each had a glass of wine, I had a lovely conversation with Oreste…..in Italiano!! That was fun…

Then, as the city has the river Adige as a boundary on three sides, we followed the river for a bit, then went to Church of Sant’Anastasia and the Duomo. By this time, Christine and Kathy decided they needed to get home to the hotel to rest their injured appendages.

So Kristie escorted them, Susan, Ruth and I finished up the 2 churches. However, when we got back, we found that the first group had climbed the Clock Tower…so much for resting up the injured!!

In the evening, we were joined by another co-worker, Marlene and her lovely daughter, Ali. They are on vacation together, and will be following our same itinerary for the rest of the tour.

We all went to dinner to gether and had a great meal and a great ending to a fabulous day. We hated to leave Verona.

DolomitesBut this morning we got on the train and came to Bolzano. On our trip north, the landscape just became more and more beautiful. Now were were entering the beginning of the Dolomites.

Bolzano is very different than the other Italian towns we have been in, primarily because it is Tyrolian, very German looking, and the language here is primarily German, although if you push hard enough, some will grudgingly speak Italian, but not much English at all. For lunch we had dumplings and sausages, and a huge beer….no, we did not let Kristie drink that 2 liter bottle by herself.

We then took a cable car up to Oberbozen, where we were able to look down at the green fields and vineyards, and the neat farm houses and churches. It does feel a lot like Switzerland or Austria or southern Germany.

Grapa in ItalyOur hotel here is sumptious. Since we didn’t have time today, tomorrow we are going to the Museum of Archeology, as we want to see Otzi the iceman, who was discovered in 1991, and found to be 5,300 years old. This is just have to see.

Then we will catch a bus to Castelrotto and spend the next three days exploring the Dolomites. I will send more pictures when I can.

Until then, I hope you are enjoying the blog. Oh, I forgot to mention in the last Florence blog, that we were making gnocchi, in case you wondered what we were all doing at that table with the flour and all those little round things on plates. And the gnocchi, by the way, was very good.

So ciao for now. I am off to more adventures tomorrow, after a nice long bubble bath tonight.

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