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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The Mazzariol Hall: Mario Botta’s reorganization in Palazzo Querini Stampalia

The Mazzariol Hall: Mario Botta’s reorganization in Palazzo Querini Stampalia

The restoration and reorganization by the Swiss architect Mario Botta of a new ‘wing’ in Palazzo Querini Stampalia lasted for nearly 30 years. Botta redesigned the spaces of the homonymous Foundation that managed over the years to buy progressively several buildings on the eastern side of the Renaissance Querini Stampalia Palace.

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the Church of the Madonna dell’Orto in Venice: a shrine of treasures – part one

the Church of the Madonna dell’Orto in Venice: a shrine of treasures – part one

The district of Cannaregio was in the past a buzzing artisanal and mercantile area and has also a lot to offer nowadays. In this post we will focus on the beautiful church of the Madonna dell’Orto and a selected group of artworks by Tintoretto, in order to guide discerning visitors in this shrine of beauty.

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“Pianississimo” and “sospiroso come il Ponte dei Sospiri” – this is how the Museum of Musical Instruments at the Benedetto Marcello conservatory in Palazzo Pisani, Venice, unveils itself

“Pianississimo” and “sospiroso come il Ponte dei Sospiri” – this is how the Museum of Musical Instruments at the Benedetto Marcello conservatory in Palazzo Pisani, Venice, unveils itself

Do you like music? Do you like to see how it is miraculously produced? The Museum of Musical Instruments of the Venice Conservatory displays a number of musical instruments, nice to look at yet more or less mysterious to the non-expert eye. Observing them, though, might open a glimmer of light and, maybe… pierce through darkness…

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Driving to Saint Mark’s Square?

Driving to Saint Mark’s Square?

Today we laugh at the visitors who think you can get to St. Mark’s Square by car or by bus, but this was not such a strange idea for the engineers of the late 19th century who were trying to transform Venice in a “modern” city: let’s have a look at some projects aimed at making the lagoon city suitable for vehicles.

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Celestial harmonies: musical instruments in Venetian paintings currently on display at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice

Celestial harmonies: musical instruments in Venetian paintings currently on display at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice

Music almost dates back to the time men and women first appeared on Earth, but it is only in Medieval times that paintings started suggesting Heaven was even more beautiful with angel musicians playing music. At the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, we can see how ancient instruments (for which paintings often provide rare testimonies) were originally only played by angels, followed by brothers during processions and religious festivities and later also by poets or simple musicians.

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Venice and its Jewels: Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei – Fortuny

Venice and its Jewels: Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei – Fortuny

Mariano Fortuny was an eclectic genius of the early 1900’s: he was a painter and a scenographer, he was interested in light effects, in theater, in costumes and fabric… he designed fabulous dresses and robes, printing the fabric with unique patterns through the use of original woodcuts, and invented a particular technique to create thin folds in silk cloth.

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