A few weeks back I had the opportunity to meet some true Venetians -- a ska musician, a glass blower, a fisherman and art critic -- and write up the experience for Wired. The brilliant minds at MIT and the U. of Venice's Architecture School have conceived of a multi-media walking tour of the fascinating neighborhood of Castello, just beyond Piazza San Marco and the pigeon feeders. The story is here.
And, speaking of Venice, I am 3/4 way through "The City of Falling Angels" by John Berendt, author of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." If you are intrigued by the lagoon city, its gripping history and the wonderful characters that inhabit there today then I highly recommend picking up a copy.
If you are planning a trip to Venice in the coming weeks and months, look up the History Unwired gang. It's worth the trip!