FESTIVE LIGHTS IN VENICE

Where Venice - - Contents - BY ROMENA BRUGNEROTTO

Whe­re's in­si­der guide to the ci­ty's at­trac­tions du­ring the ho­li­day sea­son.

Spen­ding the ho­li­day sea­son in Venice is a bril­liant idea! In December the ca­nals, ‘pa­laz­zi', faça­des and brid­ges of this unique ci­ty are lit up wi­th thou­sands of lights who­se re­flec­tions glim­mer in the wa­ter.

Ex­plo­re the stree­ts of the cen­tre, around St. Mark's Squa­re or along the Grand Ca­nal and be en­chan­ted by their at­mo­sphe­re and beau­ty. Du­ring the Ch­rist­mas ho­li­days or at New Year, the ci­ty's at­trac­tions and museums are not as cro­w­ded as they are du­ring sum­mer. You can walk along the ‘cal­li'- in so­me areas, the stree­ts are al­mo­st de­ser­ted – or in­dul­ge in a hot cho­co­la­te or a glass of wi­ne wi­thout el­bo­wing your way through the cro­wds. The ci­ty al­so of­fers the be­st of shopping, food and ty­pi­cal Ve­ne­tian ho­li­day tra­di­tions to ma­ke your stay tru­ly un­for­get­ta­ble.

CE­LE­BRA­TING CH­RIST­MAS TRA­DI­TIONS For so­me years, the ‘se­stie­re' of Dor­so­du­ro has ho­sted My Ch­rist­mas Venice: a unique di­splay of lights fea­tu­ring Ch­rist­mas-in­spi­red works of art by in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly re­no­w­ned ar­tists: an in­cre­di­ble open-air mu­seum be­nea­th the stars. The even­ts are sche­du­led to run from 2 December to 7 January 2018. Th­rou­ghout December, Food Vil­la­ge ta­kes cen­tre sta­ge in Cam­po San Vio. The event at­trac­ts lo­cals and tou­rists ali­ke and is a go-to de­sti­na­tion to sam­ple a cup of hot cho­co­la­te or a glass of vin bru­lé, a tra­di­tio­nal win­ter be­ve­ra­ge ser­ved hot and ma­de from wi­ne, su­gar, aro­ma­tic spi­ces and clo­ves. Ca' Ze­no­bio, a la­te 17th-cen­tu­ry Ve­ne­tian ‘pa­laz­zo' and the hea­d­quar­ters of the Ar­me­nian col­le­ge, hosts a Ch­rist­mas Mar­ket in December, sel­ling hi­gh-qua­li­ty ar­ti­sa­nal pro­duc­ts.

From 9 December and for the fol­lo­wing four wee­kends, you can en­joy ma­gi­cal mo­men­ts of Ch­rist­mas shopping at the ‘MCV XMAS Mar­ket' set again­st the bac­k­drop of Pa­laz­zo Ze­no­bio, a ma­gni­fi­cent la­te 17th-cen­tu­ry Ve­ne­tian pa­laz­zo and the hea­d­quar­ters of the Ar­me­nian Col­le­ge. A win­ter won­der­land whe­re vi­si­tors of all ages can soak up the festive at­mo­sphe­re, bro­w­se the stalls and pur­cha­se lo­cal spe­cial­ties and hi­gh-qua­li­ty ar­ti­sa­nal pro­duc­ts.

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