A Taste of Venice Food & Travel Blog Tour – 1st Edition

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A Taste of Venice Food & Travel Blog Tour – 1st Edition

a taste of venice

Crispy blue skies in Venice by Depietrijojo

January 2016: a nice sunny morning in Venice. Crispy, few clouds and not even that cold. This has been the setting for the beginning of the 1st edition of A Taste of Venice Food & Travel Blog tour.

After rallying around town collecting the group of bloggers which, for the next 4 days, will be following us in the discovery of the real Venice, we all gathered in Ca Dello Squero 1 and Ca Dello Squero 2, two lovely modern and fully furnished 3 bedroom apartments in the Zattere area, kindly offered by Views On Venice, one of our two accommodation partners – the other accommodation was offered by Biennale Apartments, a lovely 3 bedroom apartment in Castello, near Giardini.

The apartments, overlooking the Squero of San Trovaso (the location where they make gondolas) housed part of our group of bloggers during all the event, giving them plenty of opportunities to view with their own eyes from their windows the gondola makers at work through out the day.

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Gondole in San Trovaso

After a quick check-in, we all sat in the lovely and comfortable living room of Ca Dello Squero 1 and started our presentation.  Monica Cesarato (the writer of this article), owner of Cook In Venice, organizers of cooking classes and food tours in Venice, and Francesca of Vivo Venetia, start-up dedicated to the discovery of real Venetian artisans and authentic activities in Venice, founded by Cècile Rousset, introduced the bloggers to A Taste of Venice Food & Travel Blog tour and the program and activities which will take place from 12th till 15th January 2016.

The hashtags for the events were also presented: #atasteofvenice and #vivovenetia.

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The Real Venice

The group of international bloggers was composed by Carmela Sereno Hayes of Carmela’s Kitchen, Beatrice Sartori of Select Italy Travel, Silvia Donati of Italy Magazine, Saskia Balmaekers of Ciao Tutti, Liz Salthouse of DreamDiscoverItalia, Jonell Galloway of The Rambling Epicure, Karen Henderson of The Venice Experience, Liz Knight of Rome If You Want To, Gillian McGuire of Rome For Expats, Marion Liautaud of Un Grand Weekend à. All of the bloggers are big influencers in the world of social medias, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest as well as on normal media, like TV and magazines.

The program of the blog tour was packed with all different events, geared to bring to the attention of the bloggers and their public a side of Venice relatively still unknown, the Venice which lives through winter, the Venice which is being reborn thanks to its people, its artisans and all those who love her.

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The Real Venice by Depietrijojo

Below is the program – in the next few days we will write in details day by day how the tour went, what the bloggers saw and experienced, how our sponsors reacted!


12-1-2016 Tuesday

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Chocolate Tasting at Vizio Virtu

Arrival of participants by 14.00 and accommodation check-in in Apartments by Views on Venice in Zattere  #viewsonvenice
Biennale Apartments in Castello  #biennaleapartments
14.30: Welcome and introduction with detailed program of the blog tour.

15.30: Visit to Il Forcolaio Matto, a local oarlock and oars maker


vivovenetia:dimostrazione pratica lavoro del remer
17.30: Chocolate tasting at VizioVirtu Cioccolateria.

19.30: Wine and cicchetti food tasting at El Sbarlefo San Pantalon


Free evening


13-1-2016 Wednesday

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Cooking class with Style with Abate Zanetti and Cook in Venice- photo by Abate Zanetti

8.30: Visit to Rialto Market to pick ingredients for cooking class.
9.00-15-00: Cooking class with Cook In Venice
kitchen equipment by: U-Cook Italia  #ucookitalia

wines by: Prosecco ColSaliz  #proseccocolsaliz

cheese by :  Latteria Perenzin  #latteriaperenzin
book presentation: Dream of Venice   #dreamofvenice
15.00-16.00 Cameo’s History with Gioielleria Eredi Jovon

#venicecameo #italiancameos
16.15-17.15 Beads History with Marisa Convento of Venetian Dreams

17.30-18.30: Seminar on Web Optimation for Bloggers with Jam Web Agency

19.30 Visit to Quanto Basta: tasting of pizza, history and demonstration on ice-cream making

21-21.30 Walk to Sogno Veneziano Atelier to see Carnival Costume making.



14-1-2016 Thursday

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Beads by Muriel Balensi – photo by Liz Salthouse

Trip to Murano Island – transport by private boat with Venice Guide and Boat

9.00-10.00: Sfriso Cristina glass artist
10.30-11.30: Muriel Balensi – bead artist


vivo venetia: esperienza laboratorio orafo venezia
12.00: Lunch at Osteria al Duomo in Murano

15.00: Visit and glass blowing course at Abate Zanetti Institute

18.00 circa: travel back by private boat
20.00: Concert at Musica Palazzo: La Traviata

15-1-2016 Friday

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Book binding by Fabricharte – photo by Vivo Venetia

9.00: Visit and little course on the art of Etching with Plum Plum Creations

09.45. Bottega del Tintoretto presentation


vivo venetia: private art lesson 
10.30: Visit to Edition du Dromadaire, a children books creator


11.00: Fabricharte


12.30: Lunch at Antico Panificio
15.00: Alchemy tour

Simone Origio #ilfioredoro

18.30: End of tour and good byes!


Stay tuned for the detailed recount of what happened during the blog tour days!

#atasteofvenice #vivovenetia #discovervenice #welovevenice #veniceuniqueactivities #unusualvenice

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