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 time
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.
Carnival starts in Venice and the rowing clubs arrange a mocking event of the better known Flight of the Angel, called The rise of the Rat. Colourful boats along the Grand Canal reach the Canal Cannaregio, rowers in fun costumes and masks participate and join the residents in a lively social event at the end, eating and drinking together
All churches in Venice reveal interesting details about the people who lived there and contributed to art, history and culture. The Church of San Marcuola in Cannaregio brings us back to the 18th Century and the life of a beautiful, intelligent enlightened poetess Caterina Dolfin. She fought against her arranged marriage, obtaining its annulment and also published sonnets. She led a prestigious literary salon, married and supported the powerful politician Procurator Tron and had to face the Venetian Inquisition.