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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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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Venice without Barriers: an Itinerary for All

Venice without Barriers: an Itinerary for All

Inclusive Venice: here is a suggestion for a tour that can be enjoyed by everyone, despite their impairment or disability.
The secrets? No hurry and a perfect knowledge of the city by your Best Venice Guide! Enjoy the post and then enjoy Venice with all your 5 senses!

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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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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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Child-friendly visit of the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs and Prison

Child-friendly visit of the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs and Prison

Also the visit of the Doge’s Palace, the former residence of the Venetian government. with its gorgeous rooms and grand paintings, can become an exciting tour for children thanks to statues of Greek and Roman Gods, a considerable collection of weapons and with thrilling stories about the Bridge of Sighs and the dark cells of the Prison.

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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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The Horses on St Mark’s Basilica’s Terrace: Replicas or Art Works?

The Horses on St Mark’s Basilica’s Terrace: Replicas or Art Works?

On the facade of St Mark’s church there stand four horses in gilded bronze. They are modern reproductions of ancient sculptures looted by Venetians in Constantinople in 1204 and yet, they are more than just faithful replicas, in fact they are works of art of their own

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