the Barovier Cup of the Glass Museum in Murano

the Barovier Cup of the Glass Museum in Murano

The most famous piece of glass displayed in the Glass Museum in Murano is the blue Barovier Cup decorated in the late 15th century. What do the enamel paintings and golden decorations of ladies riding horses and bathing in a fountain and the portrait of a couple mean?

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Tours in Venice for the blind and visually impaired visitors: the Carnival tour

Tours in Venice for the blind and visually impaired visitors: the Carnival tour

A guided tour in Venice for blind or visually impaired visitors: let’s explore the world of the 18th century in Venice, in particular through the tradition of the mask in papier-mâché and chocolate, a drink that became quite popular, albeit quite expensive, exactly in those years. We will visit a workshop where masks are made and then enjoy a chocolate tasting in an artisanal laboratory.

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El Scaleter or the art of making pastry

El Scaleter or the art of making pastry

Among the many wonders of Venice there are certainly its pasticcerie – patisseries , all highly appreciated for their history and above all the quality of their delicacies. El scaleter is an old Venetian term, which can be translated as pastry chef, since the scaleteri made and sold all sorts of pastries and sweets.

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My college in Venice: “Marco Foscarini”

My college in Venice: “Marco Foscarini”

Several years have passed since I finished high school. Women customarily never say how old they are, so I will not tell you what year it was! Suffice it to say it was not a century ago! I lived on the island of Lido at that time and I attended Marco Foscarini College, section A, in the Cannaregio district of Venice

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Caterina Cornaro, a Queen in Venice

Caterina Cornaro, a Queen in Venice

When telling the history of Venice, women have always remained a bit in the background. However, there is a woman who played a fundamental role in the history of the most Serene Republic. This is the amazing story of Caterina Cornaro, the queen of Cyprus who abdicated the throne for the sake of Venice.

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The Bàcari and the Taverns of Rialto

The Bàcari and the Taverns of Rialto

Strolling around the Rialto area, on either side of the famous bridge, you may find alleyways with odd names: Aquila Nera (Black Eagle), Leon Bianco (White Lion), Do Spade (Two Swords), Simia (Monkey), and many more. These names originate from a number of taverns and inns that don’t exist anymore.
Osterie, malvasie, bàcari: let’s discover some interesting facts about the old wine shops of Venice!

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BestVeniceGuides and Tourism4all: Venice the city on a human scale: Sustainable, Inclusive & Accessible

BestVeniceGuides and Tourism4all: Venice the city on a human scale: Sustainable, Inclusive & Accessible

Our profession as expert guides for Venice entails knowing in fine detail both the history and the individual artistic jewels of the city. But it’s more – it requires an appreciation of each guest’s different needs, be they physical or in connecting with the philosophical and conceptual tides which shaped the city and its art and to present this multi-perspectival narrative in an interesting and enjoyable way for very diverse guests so that they can experience Venice with pleasure.
BestVeniceGuides has established a partnership with UICVE- Unione Ciechi e Ipovedenti, with CERPA ITALIA, the European Center for Research and Promotion of Accessibility, VILLAGE4ALL, AGSAV Associazione Genitori Soggetti Autistici Venezia and with AUT-HOLIDAY.

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Venice city of gambling: cards, dice, and unbridled passion!

Venice city of gambling: cards, dice, and unbridled passion!

Venice, city of myriad faces, has always been the city of gambling and diversion, with the famous Carnival and the renowned Ridotto. Card and dice games… Gamblers and games boards: an interesting aspect of Venetian culture into which you can get deeper exploring Venice and its museums with BestVeniceGuides!

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Venice, Glass and Spectacles Part II

Venice, Glass and Spectacles Part II

After spectacles were first invented in Venice, how did shape, wearing and colour change over the centuries? How did knowledge about glasses develop, when did they stop being linked to scholars, becoming pretty Rococo objects worn by high-society people?

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A Venetian treat: a Gianduiotto to go

A Venetian treat: a Gianduiotto to go

The king of Venetian Gelatos is the famous ‘Gianduiotto’! Well, famous in Venice as in the rest of the country it is a well known chocolate from Piedmont. Read about a very Venetian way of enjoying a stroll with a local creamy frozen specialty.

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In Venice with Kids: Masks, not only at Carnival

In Venice with Kids: Masks, not only at Carnival

Hi kids! This is a blog post for you!
It’s Carnival time! Ok, we cannot celebrate it this year, due to the pandemic… but we can still talk and dream about it, can’t we? Read about the Venetian masks that were common in the past, not only during the Carnival. And what about the masks that we use today? Stay tuned: you will have the chance to read about them soon!

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Palazzo Mocenigo and perfume in Venice

Palazzo Mocenigo and perfume in Venice

Palazzo Mocenigo by San Stae in Venice is a 17th century palace that offers an insight into an authentic aristocratic palace with paintings, chandeliers, baroque and rococo pieces of furniture, textiles and costumes. We can also discover there a lot about the history of perfume and the important role Venice played in this trade.

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Portraits of Venice

Portraits of Venice

Venice has often been a favorite subject for painters, and many artworks in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Ca’ Pesaro depict the floating city. Yet, every artist sees Venice in a different way: here’s a selection of my favorite “portraits of Venice”.

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Have you ever wondered what Venice was like during the plague?

Have you ever wondered what Venice was like during the plague?

In Venice, the plague was a scourge that lasted until the end of the 18th century. The Venetian Government adopted ingenious remedies and social policies that were, at that time, cutting-edge; nevertheless, victims numbered in the hundreds of thousands. What might be visited by a curious tourist today in Venice that is connected to the plague?

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