The Lady behind The Mask

Centuries ago, Venice was a powerful, majestic and innovative maritime republic that ruled the high seas for more than a millennium. She was a leader in trade between Europe and the Orient, and bridged the social, political and cultural divide between the two geographies.

Today, La Serenissima (The Most Serene) is world renowned for her many canals and postcard-perfect scenes, and, most importantly, her ability to take your breath away no matter how many times you visit.

If you’ve only seen Venice from afar, as the backdrop in a Hollywood movie or as part of the storyline in a fast-paced, edge-of-your seat thriller novel (think Inferno by Dan Brown), she’s more hypnotic than you could ever imagine. 

Hiding behind a Carnevale mask, she’s alluring, captivating and mysterious.

Built entirely over water, Venezia sits atop an archipelago of 118 small islands in a shallow lagoon of the Veneto region of northeastern Italy that empties into the Adriatic Sea.

She’s separated by an assortment of canals, like the Grand Canal (called Canalasso in the Venetian dialect) — the doge of La Serenissima‘s waterways that slithers through the city like a giant S-shaped serpent — smaller ones called a rio that merge into the bona fide ones, and the narrowest and shortest of canals called a riello.

It’s no wonder that Venice is also known as the City of Canals.

And, La Serenissima‘s connected by more than 400 bridges, some architectural masterpieces, all negotiated free of charge on foot. Of course, you can float around Venice, too: economically via traghetti (two oar gondolas) and vaporetti (public ferries), or expensively via gondolas (with or without a musical serenade) and private motoscafi (motor boat taxis).

For complete information on the province of Venice, including Carnevale 2017, visit the official tourism website, TurismoVenezia.

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props | ©Tom Palladio Images



Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. I still love the shots, Tom, and would still like to visit one day. My Venice now is that of Donna Leon’s Brunetti, which makes me think of the beauty of the city and the problems with the law. 🙂



      1. I have to admit that I haven’t read the books, but I’ve really enjoyed the German television program based on them – beautifully filmed on site, although strange to hear the characters all speaking German.


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