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Touring Italy In Winter - The Veneto Region

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by: Levi Reiss
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Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2013 Time: 2:11 AM

Don't expect mild winter weather in Veneto in northeastern Italy. But there you can still enjoy yourself while waiting for spring. The city of Verona hosts The International Horse Show on the second weekend of November. When they say international, they mean it. Try not to miss the costumed parade on opening day. Venice commemorates its deliverance from the plague in 1621 with the Festival della Salute held on November 21 at the Madonna della Salute Church.

For about a month starting in early December Venice hosts the Natale di Vetro, Christmas in glass on Murano Island. The festival starts off by honoring San Nicolo the patron saint of glass blowers. There's a glassworks regatta, a glass blowing school including sessions for children, exhibitions, and even a wine tasting by invitation. The seaside town of Bibione holds a Living Nativity Scene at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in December. Treviso's annual Radicchio Festival also takes place in December. That would be a good place to answer the burning question: What wine with Radicchio? My offhand answer is a Pinot Grigio (Italian of course). For Christmas markets try Campo Santo Stefano in Verona and Venice. Check the dates carefully; these markets might close earlier than you think.

Venice is a fine place to celebrate New Year's Eve, especially if you're in love. The choices include expensive restaurants and a public celebration on St Mark's Square, which includes music, a giant fireworks display, bellini brindisi (toast), and a huge group kiss at midnight. An estimated 60 thousand people participate in this group kiss and the companion one at in Piazza Ferretto in Mestre, Venice.

On New Year's Day you may enjoy a dip in the waters of Venice's Lido Beach. Be warned, it's pretty cold. But a little dip may cure you of your hangover. Legend holds that a white haired witch known as La Befana arrives by broomstick during the night of January 5 and fills stockings with toys and sweets for the good children and lumps of coal for the bad ones. On January 6 Venice sports the Befana races in which men dressed as La Befana race boats on the Grand Canal.

Verona hosts an international display of nativity scenes in its Arena all throughout January. For the first half of January the seaside resort of Jesolo presents sand sculpture nativity scenes in the Piazza Marconi made by top international artists. Charitable donations are requested. And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Veneto wines including Bardolino, Recioto di Soave, and Soave Superiore.

About the Author

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but prefers drinking fine wine with the right foods. He teaches computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his Italian travel website and his global wine website featuring weekly bargain wine reviews.

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