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The stories of Venice told by the ones that love the city and live there

The Doge of Venice Antonio Grimani in the art and history

Antonio Grimani’s career was controversial. A capable merchant, he obtained a considerable wealth to be then cast aside and be banished from Venice, to turn then powerful again and reach the highest position in political life in Venice as Doge. We can retrace his ups and downs in life in the wonderful painting by Titian and in the palace of the his famous nephew, Patriarch Giovanni Grimani, today a great State museum.

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Glass Design: from the Furnaces of Murano to Renaissance Canvases (and back)

Let us take a special tour of the Accademia Galleries to discover the beautiful glass objects painted in some masterpieces of the Venetian Renaissance. You will find out that an artist like Veronese is copied by modern designers, and that some very ancient shapes are still produced nowadays in the furnaces of Murano!

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Peace Rose in the garden of a Venetian palace

The Peace Rose with its delicate ivory-yellow colour tending to cream with slightly crimson-pink edged petals is considered one of the most famous roses. Read how Mr Meilland bred the rose in France shortly before ww2 and how it survived being given different names. Admire it in a private Venetian garden.

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Shoemaking industry: an ancient tradition still alive in Venice. Stories of artisans, saints and maecenas

The history of the guild of shoemakers proves that in past centuries the presence of guilds in Venice was important for lower classes who thus became part of the commercial system of the city. Read about how the seat of these Venetian ‘calegheri’, shoemakers and how this ancient tradition continues still nowadays thanks to Mr Luigino Rossi in the museum of the Villa Foscarini and in several other activities.

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Walking in Venice on a ‘marble carpet’

Ancient Venetian floors resemble precious carpets made of marble and stone; the oldest examples with geometrical patterns or allegorical figures can be admired in the churches of Murano, Torcello and San Marco in Venice. Learn about Venetian ‘terrazzo’ and ‘pastellon’ floors, about the marvellous floors in Ca’ D’Oro planned by Baron Franchetti and about the modern floors with mosaics of Carlo Scarpa in the Querini Stampalia Foundation.

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