Beyond knowledge: the parallel paths, and bridges, reserved for your “beyond-story” … Getting lost in a maze of experiences
The urban structure of Venice can be disorientating as it is similar to a true maze of narrow alleys, canals and bridges. However, every street will eventually lead to a wide open space: the campo, the focal point of Venetian communal life. Let us learn more about the history and the functioning of the largest campo in Venice, Campo San Polo
The Venetian language is an important part of the identity of Venice and of its cultural heritage.
It’s been spoken for hundreds of years in everyday life and it boasts a literary tradition of its own.
The campo in Venice has always been the centre of communal life: the place where you can meet people, where children play, the site of a market, with its church and the bell tower. Learn more about the functioning of Campo Sant’Angelo in Venice, curiosities and historical notes
During the 19th Century American and English collectors fell in love with Venice and decided to live in their palaces along the Grand Canal. Many of these visitors started a collection of Venetian art pieces and handicraft objects like glasses, velvet and damask, but also paintings of important old Venetian masters.
Challenging and thrilling! What else but the Biennale? Every two years in Venice, this international contemporary visual art exhibition is a not to miss! Find out here some key information why the Biennale is worth visiting!
Venice is very rich in works of art: because of the special site where it was founded, these works have to be restored and cleaned accurately, most of all if they are made of Carrara marble, the marble of the best quality, used by Michelangelo for his masterpieces. Three statues made by Antonio Rizzo, a very important artist of the Renaissance period have just been restored by VENETIAN HERITAGE and the archistar Peter Marino.
Ancient inscriptions in Venice: only the most attentive visitor will spot the hundreds of small bass-relieves and inscriptions inserted in the buildings’ masonry. Among the most ancient one we can count a certain number of epigraphs in Latin language: they have always been an enigma for historians and archaeologists.
Ever since the Discalced Carmelites settled in the place they still inhabit in Venice, they enjoyed a garden that remains unique and precious to this day. It is unique due to the large quantity of medical herbs grown there and from the point of view of design, which is symbolic, allegorical and “mystical”.
Can we still find a peaceful place in Venice? Incredibly, just a stone’s throw from the chaos of the railway station and the surrounding bustle, the Discalced Carmelites offer an unimaginable and unexpected ‘sound’ of silence and beauty in their Church and vegetable garden.
The Compagnie della Calza, their history and customs will take us on a tour of Venice, to the heart of the ever-intriguing Carnival with its endless curiosities. Through the Compagnie’s stories, we will also uncover the flavours of many other Venetian festivities, some long-gone but some still very much alive today.
Walking into a mask shop in Venice means being transported into a magical world: discover with us the history and secrets of Venetian masks!
The Scavenger Hunt inspired by Carnival at Candlelight by Venice Kids Tours is an unusual and captivating way of discovering St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace of Venice for the whole family!
The Venetian Jews that died in the Shoah were over 200. Arbit Blatas from Lithuania and Gunter Demnig from Germany are two artists that actively contributed and still do for the remembrance of those tragic years and the victims. In different ways.
The Game of Art in Venice: bespoke guided tours to Venice whether you are travelling with your family or a group of students, Bestveniceguides provide informative and entertaining visits to museums such as the Gallerie dell’Accademia tailored to your needs
Although an ancient city, Venice is one of the most important places for contemporary art, where international artists display their unique masterpieces.
This is the case of Lorenzo Quinn and his art works, which clearly show the artist’s love and concern for our amazing city.
San Nicolò dei Mendicoli is a beautiful church of Venice located in the south western part of the Dorsoduro district, so really off the beaten tourist track … a real hidden treasure waiting to be discovered, why not on 6th December, on Saint Nicholas’ day?
In the second Piano Nobile in the Cembalo room in Ca‘ Rezzonico Museum are displayed pieces of the highly admired second Venetian porcelain production by Geminiano Cozzi. Let us discover what made Cozzi such a successful and long lasting porcelain producer in Venice
What I really love about Venetian cooking – A key to understand Venetians and feel the local atmopshere
Food is very important to understand a city: Venetian fish dishes are often prepared with olive oil, garlic, parsley and spices coming once from the far East. Learn more about cod, sardines, clams and our wines you can taste in one of our traditional ‘Bacaro’ over by the Rialto bridge such as Prosecco, Spritz and Aperol.
Mazzorbo is a small island, neglected by tourists, in the northern part of the Venetian lagoon. The Church of St. Catherine is the one only surviving of the 10 once existing, testimony of the rich past history of this island that was described as a major city, and nowadays has less than 300 inhabitants. A modern social housing estate and a contemporary vineyard await us in Mazzorbo.
When in Venice, in Saint Mark’s Square, the vault of the Library collapsed – The Republic of Venice and the Renaissance architecture
Venice, Saint Mark’s Square, 1545, December 18th: it was on that night that the vault under construction for the new majestic Library collapsed. It was a blow to the architect Jacopo Sansovino and to his bold ambition to introduce in Venice the architectural magnificence of ancient Rome.
The lagoon city is characterised by an endless number of “altane”, a feature of Venetian buildings which is often, and unjustly, overlooked. Having an altana is great if you want to hang out the washing in the sun, enjoy the fresh air or simply marvel at one of the greatest views on earth.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.