The death of Venice: Corrupt officials, mass tourism and soaring property prices have stifled life in the city I’ve spent lots of time in Venice. Whenever I can, I disappear into the labyrinthian alleys connected by hundreds of bridges for a month at a time. Riding on the vaporetti early in the morning when there […]
In 1987, UNESCO designated Venice as a World Heritage Site, saying “Venice and its Lagoon form an inseparable whole of which the city of Venice is the pulsating historic heart and a unique artistic achievement.” It hosts more than three million tourists annually. For Venetians, tourists arriving by ship has become a serious issue. The […]
by Monica Cesarato Originally published in EuroCheapo.com You may have heard the recent head-scratching news that rocked Venice’s tourism scene last week. According to reports that shot around the Web [last month], the city was (allegedly) set to impose fines on tourists who dared to roll through the streets with suitcases that feature hard plastic […]
12 elevators you need to see to believe A normal elevator ride involves you pushing a button to get to your desired floor and not much else. However, there are 12 elevators around the world that will give you a bit of a thrill. The Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri The ascent to the top […]
When I meet new people and they find out that I write about travel and that I have been traveling for years, they often ask, “What is your favorite place you have visited?” My answer, “I can’t answer that, I tend to enjoy almost everywhere I visit.” I go on, “Perhaps a better question might be what destinations do you remember the most? Or, what places do you think are best to visit with kids? Or, with a lover?
Today we ponder the role of “the arts” in a nation’s budget. Is it a money-maker or should it be? Google uses backpacks to shoot videos of Venice for Street View. And, car-sharing Web startups begin making waves in the rental car and airport worlds.
I am a master at working on vacation. Some claim that my life is a vacation, but it really isn’t. Those who know me, realize that though I get to travel, enjoy great food and stay for extended time in foreign countries, I put in plenty of hours working at my computer, making phone calls, participating on conference calls and meeting via video conferencing.
We imagine bridges and waterbuses in Venice decked out in advertising for Diesel jeans. We are surprised by the rise of Cheapoair.com into the #3 position among online travel agencies. And, common-sense is applied by Congress to former rules that required already-screened checked baggage to rescreened at US airports after arriving from out of the country.
Cruise ship critics in Venice try to limit tourists, Boeing orders inspections of Dreamliners, Private airport screeners may be coming back
Too many churches – not enough time. While I haven’t actually researched the figures, after more than two weeks in Venice I’d be willing to wager that Venice probably has more churches per square kilometer than any other city in Europe, including Rome.