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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.read more
Venice with kids can be a lot more fun and informative with a guide! This proposed itinerary is focused on the figure of Marco Polo, whose story fascinates children and adults!read more
La Festa della Sensa, an ancient festival over a thousand years old which celebrates Venice as the undisputed queen of the Adriatic sea on Ascension Day. A fabulous water procession of numerous boats of different shapes and sizes parades in the wide basin of San Marco.read more
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 timeread more
At the Museum of Modern Art in Ca’ Pesaro in Venice you can find a very peculiar statue, the Partigiana Veneta (The Partisan) by Leoncillo. In fact there have been three sculptures reminding us of women’s fight against fascism and here you can read their controversial story.read more
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.read more
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.
In the cosmopolitan city of Venice, between the 15th and 17th centuries a very special kind of footwear appears, a model of the modern wedges: the famous ‘calcagnetti’.read more
This post gives you an idea of the history of the Rialto Bridge in Venice and its long and complicated reconstruction in the 16th century and how rich our Cultural Heritage is nowadays. Curious and discerning travellers will discover many interesting stories about the Rialto bridge.read more
The Venetian Carnival is going to start very soon: learn how and why Carnival began in the Middle Ages, read, while eating a ,fritella, about the ceremony of Fat Thursday in Venice and the origin of the ancient tribute of a bull and 12 pigs to the Doge.read more