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Spend some time in Venice and you quickly realize La Serenissima has an acute case of schizophrenia. By day, she’s cranky -- even downright mean. Her ancient piazzas are packed with tourists, over 60,000 of them daily, more than the total population of the city itself.
If you’re going to Italy, forget about airfares, hotels and cars. The first thing you should do is visit the travel site Walks of Italy. Why? Because their tours have the best access to the most sought-after sites and the most personalized service you’re likely to encounter in Italy.
A vineyard in the middle of the Venetian Lagoon seems almost impossible to imagine. And yet, a good portion of Mazzorbo island is covered with grape vines used to produce a wine under the label Venissa. But the unlikely location is just the beginning of this remarkable venture.
The Riviera in Venice, is a first-rate restaurant, with gorgeous views of San Giorgio Maggiore right across the bay and spectacular evening sunsets. But even more memorable than the food and view is the owner, G.P. Cremonini.
You’re unlikely to find Trieste on anyone’s list of European hot spots -- but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. And it’s true that this bustling city of 200,000 can seem a little grimy and past its prime. Still, Trieste has any number of charms -- all enticingly affordable!
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