Join me as I cruise with Uniworld River Cruises on the River Countess on their Venice and Gems of Northern Italy. On this page I share articles, video and podcasts with advice, tips and experiences about this trip. The trip takes in Venice, Padua, Bologna, Ferrara, Verona, and Ravenna.
Visiting Venice: Exploring Unexpected Floods And Hidden Secrets. Every day while in Venice I stood watching St Mark’s Square awash with an unrelenting tide. I saw it sweeping through its wide-open spaces and submerging every inch of the Piazza, filling every available space. It would flow between the stark white arches of the Doge’s Palace, lap around the base of the soaring 98-metre Camanile tower and slop through the columns supporting the golden-frescoed arches of St Mark’s Basilica. Read more
Venice Must-See Sights Video. See all the key places inlcuding Piazza San Marco, St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Grand Canal and more.
Venice at Speed. A Time-lapse Video Tour of the must-see sights and attractions, whiles seeing just how crazy busy it all gets too….
Venice Photo Album, see over 120 pictures of the iconic, hidden and unusual aspects of this magical city
Exploring Padua Italy: Grisly Artefacts, A Vast Square and Revolutionaries. Pride of place in a vast glass cabinet in the circular room behind the altar in Padua’s Saint Anthony’s Basilica are some grisly artefacts. The Saint’s lower jawbone, complete with a row of remarkably long teeth, and his tongue. Both are displayed in ornate vessels covered with intricate metalwork with small glass panels set within…read more
Padua Hightlights Video
See all the photographs I took of the city: Tips For Travellers Padua Photos
Exploring Chioggia Italy: Infamous Market, Seafood Specialities and Venetian Canals. Every Thursday the one kilometre Corso del Popolo thoroughfare running through the centre of Chioggia hosts a sprawling and eclectic market. Fresh fruit and plants jostle for the attention of the crowds alongside women’s suede platforms shoes, fish, cheese, brightly coloured garden windmills, glass dragons and men’s jeans. As you stroll up the road from the main cathedral to the winged-lion statue on top of a column at the port, your eyes and ears feast on a constant flow of varied merchandise loaded up on the jumble of stalls. Read more.
Watch my video of highlights of Chioggia:
Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy: Bikes, Book Burning, Moats and Lions. The residents of Venice mostly use their legs and boats to get around, those in Ho Chi MInh City have motorbikes and in Ferrara it is the bicycle. There are around 130,000 people living there and a reported 120,000 bikes. Most of the city centre is a network of small paved lanes and pedestrianised thoroughfares, and people and bicycles co-exist on them, darting between each other. I did not observe any obvious rules of the road, and cyclists seemed adept at weaving and scooting around people as they both roamed the streets. Read more
Video of Ferrara highlights:
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Disclaimer: I travelled as a guest of Uniworld and Titan Travel UK who can arrange cruise with their VIP door-to-door collect and return service.
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