January 17, 2017


Italy museums – free openings on Christmas and New Year’s day

Some (well, a lot) special openings on the 25th December 2011 and the 1st of January 2012, when many museums and archaeological sites across Italy will be open, free of charge. The list is a long one – see it here – but perhaps the most significant venue is the Colosseum in Rome which will […]

Italy, 2012 Settimana della Cultura

*** Added, March 30th 2012 – the authorities in Rome have announced that the Colosseum is, for this year, to be excluded from this scheme. See blog post here. A sign of changing times? Last year it was the first days of January, this year we’re not yet out of November and the dates for […]

‘Venice and Egypt’ exhibition 2011, Palazzo Ducale

‘Venezia e l’Egitto’ Venice, Palazzo Ducale, October 1st 2011 – January 22nd 2012 An exhibition on the theme of the relationship and the ties between Venice and Egypt across almost two thousand years, from ancient times up to the opening of the Suez Canal. The splendid Sala dello Scrutinio of the Palazzo Ducale – Doge’s […]

Venice Clocktower (aka St Mark’s Clock)

The official organisation of Venice museums have produced a series of videos that have received scant attention on YouTube, so we’ll embed them here for your viewing pleasure. The first is of the the clocktower in St Mark’s Square, the Torre dell’Orologio, also referred to as St Mark’s clock. For visitor information and ticket booking […]

Lorenzo Lotto at Venice Academy

**** Update: this exhibition will now run until the 25th of March 2012. Lorenzo Lotto Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice, August 29th – October 30th 2011 *** This exhibition has been delayed – see the comment from the organisers below *** The result of an exchange with the Hermitage in St Petersburg (they get the Tempesta di […]

Julian Schnabel exhibition, Correr Museum, Venice

‘Julian Schnabel. Permanently Becoming and the Architecture of seeing’. Museo Correr, Venice June 4th – November 27th 2011 Featuring more than 40 works (paintings and sculpture) from this influential American artist, the exhibition is an insightful retrospective that aims to illustrate influences both native and European. Painter, sculptor and film director of international fame, Julian […]

Venice exhibition, ‘Paesaggi d’Acqua’

‘Paesaggi d’Acqua. Luci e Riflessi nella Pittura Veneziana dell’Ottocento’ Villa Pisani, Stra, Venice Until 30th October 2011 Translating as ‘Water landscapes. Light and reflection in 19th Century Venetian painting’ this exhibition of over 70 works is explained via the title and seeks to juxtapose the styles and fashions in technique within this most evocative of […]

Venice’s first ever ‘White Night’ – Art Night Venezia

Venice has announced that it’s to join the list of Italian cities holding a ‘White Night’ with the ‘Art Night Venezia’ taking place on the 18th of June 2011. The vast majority of galleries and museums will be open until midnight and beyond (with free entry to boot) and there will be a wide range […]

Settimana della Cultura, Italy, 2011

We first posted about this year’s edition of the annual culture week, the ‘Settimana della Cultura’ when it was first announced at the beginning of January. Below is the just released official video for the initiative in which the luckiest child in the world becomes the luckiest boy in the world, going on to become […]

Venice Carnival 2011 – the Gran Foyer

If you’re in Venice for the Carnival then this may well be of interest to you … the opportunity to put yourself at centre-stage in Piazza San Marco – the Gran Foyer. Immerse yourself fully in the carnival atmosphere, up close to the main events, with a standard ticket or a ticket that allows access […]