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Venice Plans Theme Park on Toxic Waste Dump Site

Venice Plans Theme Park on Toxic Waste Dump Site Oct 31st, 2013 at 2:32PM: Flickr/Dr. Savage An amusement park built on the site of a toxic dump might not sound all that appealing right now, but an Italian company is hoping it will eventually become a draw card for tourists visiting Venice. The theme park is planned for an abandoned island in the city which was once home to an incinerator but may soon house roller coasters and a giant Ferris wheel, among other...

Venice Tests Flood Barriers

Oct 17th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Engineers in Venice have successfully tested a new flood barrier that they hope will protect the city. The BBC reports that the first four flood barriers of a planned 78 were floated in the entrance of the city's famous lagoon. Venice suffers annual floods due to unusually high tides that threaten irreplaceable buildings and a destination essential to Italy's tourism industry. It's also...

Venice To Toughen Canal Rules After Tourist Dies On Gondola Ride

Venice To Toughen Canal Rules After Tourist Dies On Gondola Ride Aug 28th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Victor Hugo Marques, Flickr Venice is one of the few remaining car-free cities in the world, but the famous canals may soon be treated more like roadways following the tragic death of a tourist earlier this month. A German man died after the gondola he was traveling with his family in was crushed between a dock and a vaporetto, one of the city's many waterbuses. The vaporetto, which was...

Strange Laws That Can Get You Locked Up Abroad

Strange Laws That Can Get You Locked Up Abroad Aug 28th, 2013 at 12:07PM: F Delventhal, Flickr Getting arrested is probably far down the list of most people's travel concerns. After all, we're usually focused on checking museums and monuments off our bucket list -- not engaging in illicit activity. But seemingly innocuous behavior can get you into trouble in many parts of the world, including things like wearing bikinis and chewing gum. The British Foreign Office has...

Tourists In Venice Shocked By €100 Coffee Bill

Tourists In Venice Shocked By €100 Coffee Bill Aug 21st, 2013 at 4:30PM: Richard, enjoy my life! Flickr It's no secret that Europe is an expensive travel destination, but sometimes even Europeans are shocked to discover just how pricey their homeland can be. A group of tourists from Rome got a nasty shock after enjoying a caffeine fix at a café in Venice. The travelers had taken a seat outdoors at the well-known Caffe Lavena in St. Mark's Square where they...

Venice Gondoliers Should Take Breathalyzer And Drug Tests, Their Chief Says

Venice Gondoliers Should Take Breathalyzer And Drug Tests, Their Chief Says Jul 6th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Wikimedia Commons The president of the gondolier association of Venice says all boat operators in the watery city should be screened for alcohol and drugs, the BBC reports. Nicola Falconi suggested this after a video was posted on YouTube showing a hazing incident of a new assistant gondolier who was ordered to strip naked and jump in a canal. This was just the latest of numerous reports of...

Gifts From Slovenia And Italy

Gifts From Slovenia And Italy Jun 22nd, 2013 at 11:00AM: Sean McLachlan When a trip is over, it's always nice to open your suitcase and have a little bit of it still with you. I enjoy bringing gifts back to my wife and son so they can share my experiences. While on a recent trip to Slovenia and Italy, I kept an eye out for things they might like. My trip started at a book festival in Gorizia, Italy. In between the book stalls of Italian publishers...

Venice: Grand Vistas And Little Details

Venice: Grand Vistas And Little Details Jun 21st, 2013 at 12:00PM: Sean McLachlan On my first day in Venice I walked the streets without a camera in order to savor the beauties of this unparalleled city. I was leaving the next afternoon so that morning I got up at dawn in order to catch Venice at its abandoned best. It's a different city, more peaceful. You can linger on a bridge or take a shot from the middle of a street without getting trampled. You can...

Strolling Through Venice Without A Camera

Strolling Through Venice Without A Camera Jun 16th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Wikimedia Commons I've wanted to visit Venice all my life. Who wouldn't? It has the reputation of being the most beautiful city in the world, and with my love of architecture my first glimpse of it was going to be a lifelong memory. After a rainy week in Slovenia, I arrived in Venice on a gloriously cloudless afternoon. I had less than 24 hours in the city before family obligations would take...

Currency Exchange: What You Use Matters

Currency Exchange: What You Use Matters May 17th, 2013 at 4:00PM: craigfinlay/Flickr To International travelers, the name Travelex should sound familiar. They are the largest airport currency exchange operator in the world. But a recent currency exchange study comparing the cost of using Travelex, some of the largest U.S. banks and credit cards revealed what experts already knew. CardHub's 2013 Currency Exchange Study compared the cost of the currency...

Beyond The Floating Hotel, Travelers Find Value Ashore

Beyond The Floating Hotel, Travelers Find Value Ashore Apr 13th, 2013 at 9:00AM: If I say "cruise," odds are good that the first thought that comes to mind is that of a big floating hotel that ambles from island to island in the Caribbean. That's not totally wrong either; a lot of cruise ships do just that. But looking at a cruise ship as a mode of transportation, like a commercial airliner that flies from airport A to airport B, should bring different thoughts. Thinking of...

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map Apr 7th, 2013 at 12:00PM: When it comes to planning my next trip, a pretty photo only inspires me half as much as a good map. I'm particularly partial to UNESCO's interactive World Heritage List map, which I spend more time clicking on than I'd care to admit. The map identifies the List's 962 properties across the globe and provides information about each, including an array of photos for those who need the...

Climate Change May Fuel Future Travel Options

Climate Change May Fuel Future Travel Options Apr 2nd, 2013 at 5:00PM: Climate change is a topic that many of us think is something that will affect future generations, perhaps hundreds of years from now. But what if we look at it from a different viewpoint? What if we could travel back in time 17 million years to when the Grand Canyon was just forming? Would we have believed that the national monument, now nearly a mile deep in places, would some day be a major...

Man Follows Girlfriend Around The World In Striking Photo Series

Man Follows Girlfriend Around The World In Striking Photo Series Mar 6th, 2013 at 11:00AM: What would it look like if you followed your significant other to the ends of the world? That's the theme behind a striking series of photos by Russian video producer Murad Osmann. Osmann has garnered a huge following on Instagram for the images, which show him being "dragged" by his girlfriend through the rice fields of Bali, along the canals of Venice, down the streets of Hong Kong, and...

Video Of The Day: A Sunny Day In Venice

Mar 4th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Venice is widely thought of as one of the ultimate romantic destinations, especially in Europe. Today's Video of the Day, Around Venezia, captures the charm of the The Floating City's beautiful canals and colorful architecture. Venice's trademark gondolas are included, too, but what I like about this video is how it goes a little deeper than typical videos about Venice to show the beauty in...

How You Can Help Save Endangered Destinations

How You Can Help Save Endangered Destinations Feb 27th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Earlier this year, I told you about several destinations you should see before they disappear. Climate change, environmental destruction and a number of other issues were all threatening to ruin these travel sites, and in some cases (such as The Maldives) wipe them right off the map. A lot of you responded with feelings of sadness and helplessness about the travel treasures we face losing....

A Tale Of Two Cruise Ships Under Construction

A Tale Of Two Cruise Ships Under Construction Feb 22nd, 2013 at 3:00PM: Coming up this spring, Princess Cruises and Norwegian cruise lines – two of the most popular cruise lines with mainstream cruise travelers – have new cruise ships coming out. Considering that both are under construction right now and both offer sister ships being built for later delivery, choosing one might be difficult for cruise travelers. Before we get too far down the road,...

Photo Of The Day: Venice Of The East

Photo Of The Day: Venice Of The East Jan 31st, 2013 at 6:00PM: In travel media, we hear a lot of city comparisons: Ljubljana is the new Prague. Shanghai aims to be the Paris of the East. Looking at today's Photo of the Day, you'll think, "Wow, that looks like Venice. But in the East!" Taken by Flickr user Ver Argulla in western Thailand, the photo shows the floating market of Damnoen Saduak. Its proximity to Bangkok has made it a big tourist attraction, and...

From Ankle To Arch: Italy's Culinary Diversity

From Ankle To Arch: Italy's Culinary Diversity Jan 21st, 2013 at 12:00PM: Go to your local supermarket to buy pasta and you'll find about a dozen different shapes from which to choose. Travel from the ankle to the arch of the heel in Italy, though, and you'll find 150 different types. And those are just the pasta types that begin with the letter "C." Each of Italy's 20 regions has a distinct cuisine. Pizza crust thickens and thins. Ingredients go in and out of...

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013 Jan 21st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Have you ever landed in a place to find out you arrived just after the town's can't-miss event of the year? Well, hopefully that won't happen again this year. Gadling bloggers racked their brains to make sure our readers don't overlook the best parties to be had throughout the world in 2013. Below are more than 60 music festivals, cultural events, pilgrimages and celebrations you should...

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