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In May Venice Gets Ready for Painting and Art Biennale While June is All About Rome and Vatican Celebrations


If you’re planning to visit Italy this season, there are plenty of culture rich events to attend in both Rome and Venice!  The beautiful Italian cities are full of art, paintings, and culture.  During June, there are many religious observances in Rome. Make sure you witness at least one of the masses, processions and feasts.  On May 30th, Corpus Christi starts with a Mass at San Giovanni en Laterano, followed by a procession to Santa Maria Maggiore.  On June 24th, in observance of San Giovanni (John the Baptist), an additional mass, attended by hundreds of thousands of people, is held at San Giovanni Rome Cathedral. The feasts are typically comprised of street vendors who serve snails and suckling pig, flavored with pestled celery and caraway seeds, and roasted in traditional Roman style with salt and olive oil.  This year expect the celebrations to elevate to highlight the entry of newly enthroned Pope Francis.

On July 30th, a fundraising event will be held in Venice for the Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts.   In the basin of San Marco and the Giudecca Canal, hundreds of boats will be illuminated with paper lanterns. A boat bridge will float from the Dorsoduro to the Giudecca. Once a hotel, The Ca’ Giustinian is a former 15th century gothic palace near Ca Rezonico, just a canal view across from Palazzo Grazzi. The evening’s sit down meal will include local dishes and conclude with a 30 minute fireworks display just before midnight.  This event will definitely be worth attending, not only to support art, but to enjoy the beauty and magic of the city of Venice.

Previews of the 55th International Art Exhibition will be held in Venice May 29th through 31st; most art venues will be open daily from 10am to 6pm.  The exhibition will run from June 1st to November 24th, 2013.  If you want to attend the preview, or get special access during the event, consider purchasing a Biennale Card.  Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts benefit 100% from revenue related to sales of the Card.

I found out about these great events from my favorite travel guide, Travel with Carnet!  

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The Museum of Modern Art offers New York restaurants almost as indulgent as its art

In a Moveable Feast, Hemingway wrote about the discipline of hunger. While touring the Luxembourg Museum in Paris he preferred to admire Cézanne’s work “belly empty”.The young author explained that when hungry “all the paintings were sharpened and clearer andmore beautiful”. Just like their sophisticated travelers, Carnet also strives to get the most out of our museum visits. However, while we are frequenting the impressive museums of New York, we recommend avoiding hunger for too long and definitely not viewing Wayne Thiebaud’s “Boston Cremes” at MoMA on an empty stomach. To ensure our readers delight, Carnet has spotlighted some of the best museum restaurants, cafés and bars.

The Modern at MoMa is must for all gourmands! Chef Gabriel Kreuther creates a dynamic blend of French and American contemporary cuisine—combining offal and seafood dishes. Foodies must try the Loup de Mer Soufflé and The Long Island Duck Foie Gras Ravioli. Seasonal tasting menus are available and reflect Kreuther’s Alsatian roots.

The Bar Room—perfect for a light meal—especially lunch, has over 30 savory dishes served as small and large plates. A hand-selected international wine list features more than 900 selections, including wines by-the-glass and savory cocktails. For dedicated vinters, there are sumptuous desserts (try the Lemon Napoleon or Warm Fig Tart in a Balsamic Reduction with Olive Oil Ice Cream) are made by pastry chef Marc Aumont.

Visit TravelWithCarnet.com for more great restaurants in New York.

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