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Venice native Igor Scomparin led tours all over Europe with Globus for a decade before returning home to be a “local host” for Monograms. Now, this tourism industry veteran’s mission is to show the real, authentic Venice to travelers who come to visit his homeland. Here’s a look at the City of Canals, through the ultimate local’s eyes.

Venice Carnival With Kids

I wanted to introduce my two sons to the concept of Carnival. But was there a way to do it without subjecting them to the lewd drunkenness and nudity that often accompany such celebrations? And with so many world-class cities hosting bucket-list worthy festivities, where would we go? Venice.

Meet the Editor: Isabella Brega

Isabella Brega, the executive editor of Traveler’s Italian partner magazine, put together a buyer’s guide to authentic goods in Italy, highlighting 20 places in five different cities where you can witness craftsmanship in its highest form–from marionettes to mandolins. “The story of Italian artisans is one of valuables and values,” she writes. Here’s a brief look at Touring’s creative maven and her singular view of the world.

The hallmarks of Italy’s artisanal tradition–creativity, innovation, craftsmanship–go back at least 3,000 years, to when Etruscans fashioned extraordinary works with bronze and Romans excelled in mosaics and glass. As we ramp up to Carnival season, we’re spotlighting artisans who are producing distinctive souvenirs with a strong sense of place, tradition, and style in Venice–including the best place to snag a primo Venetian mask.

Planning a trip with that special someone? We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite romantic destinations, and they came through in a big way. Whether you’re looking for a tried-and-true classic or something more off the grid, our travel community has got you covered.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately round up.

Ah, summer vacation. That three-month stretch with no school, no schedule, and plenty of time for family trips. The possibilities were endless back then, weren’t they, when visions of Disney World danced in your head, and the days seemed to last forever. Not every 12-year-old is as well-traveled as Reed Golomb – son of digital media vice…

As it’s Mardi Gras today, we thought it would be a fitting time to share this insider Q&A with travel photographer Dave Yoder (who often shoots stories for National Geographic Traveler magazine), who traveled to La Serinissima, Venice, during Carnival (Italians call it Carnevale) last year to photograph the festivities for Traveler‘s Jan/Feb feature story.…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Photos: Where You Went

Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption to Your Shot/Travel at ngm.com/yourshot. Tag all…

National Geographic Traveler contributing editor Christopher Elliott recently spent a week in Italy with his family. Here’s what he discovered. When you think of visiting Italy, a familiar highlight reel probably comes to mind: the Roman Colosseum, the Vatican, Michelangelo’s David, or pigeons in St. Mark’s Square. But try making the trip with three young…

Today no chef worth his or her whisk would consider planning a daily menu without checking in with regional suppliers and pinching the local produce for ripeness. But this isn’t news. European hausfraus have been 
doing it for centuries. It’s called going to market. And the food markets, still thriving in most European cities and towns, rate a visit even if you aren’t stocking your larder. In fact, they offer authentic local experiences to travelers and lessons in 
culinary and cultural traditions.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

The Radar: Italy Edition

Viva Italia! Food, wine, fashion, and the pursuit of la dolce vita. It’s not hard to come up with a hundred more reasons why we love Italy. What is hard is scouring the pages of a few popular Italy blogs and narrowing down the great stories and tips to just three. Check out what we…

On Foot Map: Venice’s Dorsoduro

Without cars and structurally unchanged for centuries, mysterious Venice is an anachronism–but don’t relegate it to living museum status. In the scenic district of Dorsoduro, modern art and traditional artisans thrive alongside sleek eateries and much loved enoteche (wine bars). This walk through Venice’s southwestern side highlights the best of La Serenissima, the Most Serene…

Venice On Foot

Without cars and structurally unchanged for centuries, mysterious Venice is an anachronism–but don’t relegate it to living museum status. In the scenic district of Dorsoduro, modern art and traditional artisans thrive alongside sleek eateries and much loved enoteche (wine bars). This walk through Venice’s southwestern side highlights the best of La Serenissima, the Most Serene…

Retro Venice By Airstream

As we mentioned earlier, the National Geographic Museum in DC has just opened a wonderful free exhibit called “Kodachrome Culture: The American Tourist in Europe,” featuring big, luscious blowups of travel photos that appeared in the pages of National Geographic magazine (we call it NGM for short) in the 1950s and ’60s. I particularly liked…

By Ashley Thompson This week, Venice battled the highest floodwaters it’s faced in more than two decades, and the fourth-highest levels in contemporary history. Our friends over at National Geographic have a gripping photo gallery of life continuing in Venice, despite swelling seas and Mayor Massimo Cacciari’s request to tourists and residents to stay indoors.…

Tour Guide: Learning from Locals

In Italy, it’s easy to marvel at frescoes painted by the masters. But while gaping at the Sistine Chapel ceiling is nice enough, tour company Context would prefer you try your hand at a more authentic experience: slathering wet plaster with your own artistic finesse during a three-hour fresco workshop in Florence. In addition to…

World Hum’s Seven Wonders

IT reported on the New Seven Wonders of the World contest months ago—at least that’s our excuse for not covering the announcement of the winners on their clever declaration date: 07/07/07. We were a bit disappointed the Acropolis didn’t win a spot among the seven, but cheered a little on the inside when we saw…