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
Guido Brunetti has become in the last few decades a fictional hero; charming, well-read and honest, he fights like a modern hero against corruption and scandals in the beautiful city of Venice, he has a smart wife and a lovely family, enjoys Italian food and lives in Venice !read more
Among the islands in the Venetian lagoon, Burano is known for its colourful houses, the lace tradition and its cookies. But is this all? Here you can read about Burano in a different perspective and found out what it was like a hundred years ago.read more
What makes Venetian Gothic so unique? Take an architecture tour with the Best Venice Guides to discover our favorite Gothic palazzos, including the most famous examples along the Grand Canal as well as some hidden gems.read more
The Frari Church contains several masterpieces, but also amazing hidden treasures such as twelve glass panels in the Corner Chapel. The upper ones representing different saints were elaborated by an artist whose identity is still unknown; while the lower ones are a unique example of Liberty-style windows in Venice by Giovanni Beltrami.read more
On 21st of November Venetians celebrate their most beloved festivity, Santa Maria della Salute. After the dramatic plague in 1630 an extraordinary church was built. Still today the whole city reverts in a very deeply felt pilgrimage to this spectacular dome, crossing the Grand Canal on a pontoon bridge to thank the Virgin Mary for having saved Venice and to pray for anyone to recover health.read more
A brief article on cold winters in Venice starting from a story of a grandmother who recalled how in February 1929 the lagoon froze completely and how several Venetians, amused by this, ate with relish on the frozen surface of the lagoon taking with them table and chairs.read more
An unpretentious and concise outline of the complex issue of high tides and frequent floods in the city, commonly known as ‘acqua alta’, and an unbiased and updated resume of all the measures enacted for the safeguard of Venice and its lagoon. Read about how Venice is tackling the problem, and the scope of the whole project including the mobile barriers.read more
This interview is dedicated to those visitors curious to know all about the soul of the lagoon city and of the Venetians who still have a genuine love for it. “Theatre is life and, thanks to Mattia Berto, Venice is alive without a shadow of a doubt! And I, who have always been passionate about theatre, will have the pleasure of taking you around the city with a specially-programmed itinerary.”read more
Titian’s famous painting ‘Pesaro Madonna’ returned to its original location in the Frari Church after four years of absence and a conservative restoration curated by Save Venice. This special event prompts us to discuss this milestone of the history of Venetian painting: discover why this masterpiece broke with tradition and learn more about the history of the location, the genre of this painting, the donors and much more.read more
Caterina Cornaro is one of the most famous Venetian ladies. She was married in the 15th Century to the King of Cyprus when she just a beautiful 16 years’ old girl, ruled then as a widower for a few years before she was forced to give the strategic island to the Venetian Republic.read more
Are you ready for the 74th International Film Festival of Venice? This event started 2 days ago on the Lido and will finish on 9th September. Learn more about this glamorous event, from its origins to the legendary parties by Elsa Maxwell up to the present times with several curiosities from back the stage…read more
Antonio Grimani’s career was controversial. A capable merchant, he obtained a considerable wealth to be then cast aside and be banished from Venice, to turn then powerful again and reach the highest position in political life in Venice as Doge. We can retrace his ups and downs in life in the wonderful painting by Titian and in the palace of the his famous nephew, Patriarch Giovanni Grimani, today a great State museum.read more
Brimming with calm and silence, beauty and peace, the Redentore Garden is dotted with fruit and ornamental trees, luscious greenery, fruits and vegetables, stunning flowers, and a breathtaking view of the southern Venetian lagoon and its islands.read more