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30 June 2015

Murano Glass, Forgery, and Karma

We share some insight into the rise and potential fall of authentic Murano glass in Venice.


Luisa Grigoletto  |  1 Comment

Millefiori Plaque, 
Venice, Giovanni Battista Franchini, 1846, Courtesy of Glass Museum of Murano

13 May 2015

Food Culture of the Italian Renaissance

Three of our Italy docents explain what we can learn about 16th-century food traditions and habits by looking at the art from that period.


Luisa Grigoletto  |  2 Comments

Dosso Dossi, Witchcraft

18 January 2015

Disembarking in Venice: How to Reach the Center

Arriving in Venice by cruise? We’ve put together a guide on how to make your way into the center from the different terminals in Venice.


Luisa Grigoletto  |  3 Comments


11 October 2014

3 Questions About the Ecology of Venice

We ask docent and scientist Luca Zaggia for his insight into Venice’s ongoing battle against the effects of mother nature.


Emily Knight  |  1 Comment

Our docent Luca Zaggia

16 July 2014

3 Reasons to Skip a Gondola in Venice

We give you three good reasons not to spend on a gondola ride the next time you are in Venice.


Emily Knight  |  No Comments


27 March 2014

Beyond Glass Animals: Handicrafts in Venice

We’ve rounded up three of our favorite forms of Venetian craftsmanship as a testament to the city’s longstanding status as a center of refined, intricate, 100% handmade work.


Mary Gray  |  1 Comment

Medico della Peste (Plague Doctor) © Thomas Leplus

25 February 2014

5 Venetian Painters You Need To Know

We’ve asked art historian Susan Steer to share the 5 Venetian painters you should know before your next visit to the lagoon.


Susan Steer  |  No Comments

Giandomenico Tiepolo, Peasant family at table, 1757

17 November 2013

Win a free Context Family Walk in Italy (and a drawing kit!)

Want to win a free family walk in Italy? Learn how to enter our contest and win!


Dominique Bohler  |  No Comments

Learning on our Daily Life in Venice for Families

8 July 2013

Venice Biennale: What Not to Miss

Need help deciding what to see at Venice’s Biennale? We tell you what’s not to miss.


Jessica Stewart  |  No Comments

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26 March 2013

History Lesson: Sarde in Saor

Learn the story behind one of Venice’s most popular dishes and then try our recipe.


Martina Dalla Riva  |  2 Comments

Sarde in Saor

13 March 2013

Practical Facts: How to Tip When Abroad

Our guide to tipping across our European and Asian cities is full of surprises.


Whitney Webster  |  4 Comments

Parisian cafe

23 November 2012

Three Favorite Buildings in…Venice

Art Historian and Venice docent Susan Steer shares with us her favorite buildings in the Serenissima


Susan Steer  |  No Comments


14 May 2012

Venice Through a Kid’s Eyes

Last week I went to Venice and I saw a lot of things. Here are my favorites:   1. In…


Cleo Bennett  |  4 Comments

Kids in Venice

18 April 2012

Rialto Market: Pulsing Heart of Venice

Join us as we discover Venice’s Rialto Market. Here we’ll find delicious food and lots of traditions!


Monica C  |  No Comments


3 March 2012

Where to Rent a Wheelchair in Italy

In keeping with the spirit of our mobility program services, we have put together resource lists for wheelchair rental in our various cities. The Italian cities in which we operate face their own unique challenges, from the bridges in Venice to the cobbled streets to Rome. While some museums do provide foldable wheelchairs, their quality and availability can be variable and limited to that particular site. The following is a list of pharmacies and medical supply stores that provide wheel chair rentals.


Jessica Stewart  |  21 Comments

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26 February 2012

Food Markets in Italy, Offerings as Unique as the Cities Themselves

Some thoughts from our culinary docents throughout Italy about the best of what their local markets have to offer.


Jessica Stewart  |  No Comments