Can we still find a peaceful place in Venice? Incredibly, just a stone’s throw from the chaos of the railway station and the surrounding bustle, the Discalced Carmelites offer an unimaginable and unexpected ‘sound’ of silence and beauty in their Church and vegetable garden.read more
The Compagnie della Calza, their history and customs will take us on a tour of Venice, to the heart of the ever-intriguing Carnival with its endless curiosities. Through the Compagnie’s stories, we will also uncover the flavours of many other Venetian festivities, some long-gone but some still very much alive today.read more
Walking into a mask shop in Venice means being transported into a magical world: discover with us the history and secrets of Venetian masks!read more
The Scavenger Hunt inspired by Carnival at Candlelight by Venice Kids Tours is an unusual and captivating way of discovering St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace of Venice for the whole family!read more
The Venetian Jews that died in the Shoah were over 200. Arbit Blatas from Lithuania and Gunter Demnig from Germany are two artists that actively contributed and still do for the remembrance of those tragic years and the victims. In different ways.read more
The Game of Art in Venice: bespoke guided tours to Venice whether you are travelling with your family or a group of students, Bestveniceguides provide informative and entertaining visits to museums such as the Gallerie dell’Accademia tailored to your needsread more
Although an ancient city, Venice is one of the most important places for contemporary art, where international artists display their unique masterpieces.
This is the case of Lorenzo Quinn and his art works, which clearly show the artist’s love and concern for our amazing city.
San Nicolò dei Mendicoli is a beautiful church of Venice located in the south western part of the Dorsoduro district, so really off the beaten tourist track … a real hidden treasure waiting to be discovered, why not on 6th December, on Saint Nicholas’ day?read more
In the second Piano Nobile in the Cembalo room in Ca‘ Rezzonico Museum are displayed pieces of the highly admired second Venetian porcelain production by Geminiano Cozzi. Let us discover what made Cozzi such a successful and long lasting porcelain producer in Veniceread more
What I really love about Venetian cooking – A key to understand Venetians and feel the local atmopshere
Food is very important to understand a city: Venetian fish dishes are often prepared with olive oil, garlic, parsley and spices coming once from the far East. Learn more about cod, sardines, clams and our wines you can taste in one of our traditional ‘Bacaro’ over by the Rialto bridge such as Prosecco, Spritz and Aperol.read more
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.read more
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
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