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

Blacksmith Tenderini: the art of fire

We discover the Arts & Crafts of Venice. Ironworking in Venice was already codified with rules and laws as soon as the 1000s. The ‘Arte dei Favri’ (the Blacksmiths’ Guild) was well rooted in Venice and in the 1700s counted as many as 200 workshops. The Blacksmith Workshop Tenderini has survived over time and is today the oldest in town.

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Contarini dal Zaffo Garden in Venice

This large garden reminds us of a branch of the Contarini family, one of the oldest in Venice and the only one that had eight Doges representing the city. The garden changed multiple times over five centuries and still shows traces of its past as well as the wealth of its current plants and flowers at the same time

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Giovanni Vezzi: the third porcelain manufacture of Europe in Venice in the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum

The Rezzonico Museum on the Grand Canal is a former private palazzo that houses since 1935 a museum giving the idea of Venetian art and life in the 18th Century. Among frescos, portraits, chandeliers and mirrors the first and the second Piano Nobile display exquisite pieces of porcelain by Giovanni Vezzi. Admire his pieces and learn how he started the third European porcelain production in the world.

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Pietà now as then

Pietà is a truly moving institution that has existed ever since it was first established in 1346 to help those children – initially exclusively from poor families – who were abandoned in the streets of Venice, a city that suffered from this plague like many others.
But it is also touching for its extraordinary developments, both involving or not involving music, connected to private and public generosity and, at the same time, for teaching its “daughters” a lot thanks to the work of composers and musicians such as Vivaldi who dedicated almost forty years of his life to them.

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