What is the Biennale?

Challenging and thrilling! What else but the Biennale? Every two years in Venice, this international contemporary visual art exhibition is a not to miss! Find out here some key information why the Biennale is worth visiting!

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Adam, Eve and Mars: the three Statues by Antonio Rizzo in the Doge’s Palace

Venice is very rich in works of art: because of the special site where it was founded, these works have to be restored and cleaned accurately, most of all if they are made of Carrara marble, the marble of the best quality, used by Michelangelo for his masterpieces. Three statues made by Antonio Rizzo, a very important artist of the Renaissance period have just been restored by VENETIAN HERITAGE and the archistar Peter Marino.

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Ancient Roman inscriptions in Venice

Ancient inscriptions in Venice: only the most attentive visitor will spot the hundreds of small bass-relieves and inscriptions inserted in the buildings’ masonry. Among the most ancient one we can count a certain number of epigraphs in Latin language: they have always been an enigma for historians and archaeologists.

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The quiet island of Mazzorbo in the northern lagoon of Venice

Mazzorbo is a small island, neglected by tourists, in the northern part of the Venetian lagoon. The Church of St. Catherine is the one only surviving of the 10 once existing, testimony of the rich past history of this island that was described as a major city, and nowadays has less than 300 inhabitants. A modern social housing estate and a contemporary vineyard await us in Mazzorbo.

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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.

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Votive shrines in Venice

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.

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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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