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There is a marvelous palace facing the Grand Canal in Venice, between the Accademia and Ca’ Rezzonico. It is called Palazzo Rocca Contarini degli Scrigni: a lot of names, a lot of history: it’s an experience you will never forget.read more
The Church of the Madonna dell’Orto is a real shire of treasures and particularly celebrates a Venetian Renaissance genius: Tintoretto. In this post you can read about some of the most impressive artworks Tintoretto produced in his carrier like The Last Judgment and Moses receiving the Tablets of the Law, and about his burial place.read more
The district of Cannaregio was in the past a buzzing artisanal and mercantile area and has also a lot to offer nowadays. In this post we will focus on the beautiful church of the Madonna dell’Orto and a selected group of artworks by Tintoretto, in order to guide discerning visitors in this shrine of beauty.read more
Carlo Rezzonico was a distinguished Venetian who became Pope Clemens XIII in 1758. He left to Venice an amazing Palace facing the Grand Canal, which serves today as the 18th century Museumread more
“Pianississimo” and “sospiroso come il Ponte dei Sospiri” – this is how the Museum of Musical Instruments at the Benedetto Marcello conservatory in Palazzo Pisani, Venice, unveils itself
Do you like music? Do you like to see how it is miraculously produced? The Museum of Musical Instruments of the Venice Conservatory displays a number of musical instruments, nice to look at yet more or less mysterious to the non-expert eye. Observing them, though, might open a glimmer of light and, maybe… pierce through darkness…read more
The Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa remodelled in the early 60ties the ground floor of the Palazzo Querini Stampalia. He added new elements and materials respecting the pre-existing structures using stucco panels, cement, iron elements.read more
How is sewage in Venice treated? Is it true that it gets into the canals of the city or are there septic tanks treating human waste? An intriguing subject for those interested in learning how a city built on marshland centuries ago nowadays work.read more
Today we laugh at the visitors who think you can get to St. Mark’s Square by car or by bus, but this was not such a strange idea for the engineers of the late 19th century who were trying to transform Venice in a “modern” city: let’s have a look at some projects aimed at making the lagoon city suitable for vehicles.read more
Celestial harmonies: musical instruments in Venetian paintings currently on display at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice
Music almost dates back to the time men and women first appeared on Earth, but it is only in Medieval times that paintings started suggesting Heaven was even more beautiful with angel musicians playing music. At the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, we can see how ancient instruments (for which paintings often provide rare testimonies) were originally only played by angels, followed by brothers during processions and religious festivities and later also by poets or simple musicians.read more
We begin our journey into the past by entering the Querini Stampalia Palace from Campo Santa Maria Formosa. Once you cross the threshold, what immediately strikes you is the atmosphere of calm and tranquillity, the same that will characterize all rooms.read more