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When in Venice, in Saint Mark’s Square, the vault of the Library collapsed – The Republic of Venice and the Renaissance architecture
Venice, Saint Mark’s Square, 1545, December 18th: it was on that night that the vault under construction for the new majestic Library collapsed. It was a blow to the architect Jacopo Sansovino and to his bold ambition to introduce in Venice the architectural magnificence of ancient Rome.read more
The lagoon city is characterised by an endless number of “altane”, a feature of Venetian buildings which is often, and unjustly, overlooked. Having an altana is great if you want to hang out the washing in the sun, enjoy the fresh air or simply marvel at one of the greatest views on earth.read more
Venice is honouring the Venetian painter Tintoretto on the 500th anniversary of his birth. This post proposes a brief analysis of one of his artworks that you can admire in the Doge’s Palace: Tintoretto’s Paradise in the Great Council room is possibly one of the largest oil paintings on canvas ever executed.read more
The Querini Stampalia garden was designed by the architect Carlo Scarpa in Venice in the early 1960s and stands out as a true symbol of Venice, representing many aspects of this city where gardens are secret and lie hidden to most visitors.read more
It’s an unusual itinerary, wandering through the city of Venice in search of fantastic creatures. Venice is a fantastic city. Fantastic in the literal sense of the word. Shady presences and ancestral creatures that reside in our imagination come to life here…read more
The Ducal Palace and the Basilica of Saint Mark are considered the most important sights to visit in Venice. If you are planning to see them with your family, but are worried that it can be hard to select the information for your children or are concerned about crowds, you might appreciate to read the following post.read more
Murano is known worldwide as “the island of glass”, but it’s also becoming a center for the creation of contemporary art.
We met up with Lorenzo Passi, a young artist working in Murano who has found glass to be the best medium to express himself in.
In Venice there are countless votive shrines that embody local religious worship; they express a feeling of piety that originates in the streets and squares and then embraces the whole city. The shrines tell us stories of joy and pain, of labor and hope, and finally they tell us about the daily life of the people that preceded us on these cobblestone alleyways.read more
Where do Venetians go to school? And where are the kindergartens? And the secondary schools? Let’s have a walk together to discover the schools, high schools and the universities in Venice. Are you ready? Let’s start our tour.read more
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