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Brief Articles and Historical Notes - Italy

The Dolomites

The Dolomites and Italian Alps
The Dolomites have a rich culture and tradition. Over the centuries, the valleys have preserved their individual traditions, rooted in the Longobard past. This legacy is also responsible for many words and expressions, giving rise to first Ladin and then German surnames... more

Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy
The Bridge of Sighs in Venice received its name in the 17th century, because the prisoners who passed through it's two passages inside on their way to the prison cells on the other side would more than likely see the beautiful sight of the lagoon and the island of S.Giorgio... more


Festivals and Celebrations in Venice, Italy
Sensa in Venice is a very old celebration, which takes place on Ascension-day. The Doge left the Venice laguna and reached the open sea by bucintoro, a richly decorated boat pushed forward by 168 oarsmen... more