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.
Is there a reason why everyone in Venice gets lost? Cruelty or sense of humour of the ones that built the city? And how can you find your way in Venice? Trusting your smartphone and GPS navigator? Asking directions? Or simply follow the people along some busy streets? Or planning carefully all details…?
One of the most striking features of Palazzo Grimani (metterei il tag del museo) are its frescoed ceilings, painted by Giovanni da Udine and Camillo Mantovano with mythological stories, natural elements and many “grotesques”. But what are grotesques? Let’s explore their fascinating history, from antiquity to Palazzo Grimani
Venice is a marvelous and unique city. Learn about the secret corners of Venice, about its jewels hidden in the maze of narrow streets, about the places that most of the tourists want to discover just by standing on a roof top terrace.
the Golden Altarpiece, Pala d’Oro, right behind the main altar of St. Mark’s Basilica, is one of the most impressing and spectacular ‘jewels’. Learn more about the amazing history, the religious themes and the enamel technique.
the Tuscan poet Aretino defined in a letter of 1537 to Sansovino the Scuola Grande della Misericordia as the “corintha machina“. This amazing former confraternity reopened a few years ago its doors after a successful long and expensive restoration
History of a Venetian palace and of the Armenian community that has been present in Venice for centuries.
A visit to the palace is a perfect start on an unusual itinerary in search of Armenian traces in Venice.
First of all, don’t freak out! High tide in Venice is a natural phenomenon that always happened in the city. Venetians are used to it and we are prepared!! The flooding season is usually in winter, from October to March.
Professor Giuseppe Jona: a remarkable example of a Venetian citizen during a dark period in the 20th century
Professor Giuseppe Jona was a remarkable Venetian citizen in a dark period. After having graduated in Medicine at the University of Padua, he worked as a physician at the Venetian hospital, he taught Pathological Anatomy in Padua, he became a Chief Physician in Anatomy and Medicine in Venice, he was President of the Ateneo Veneto and in 1940 President of the Jewish community.
Mariano Fortuny was a multifaceted versatile talented person and had a vast eclectic culture. He was a fashion and costume designer, an inventor, a photographer with a skilled eye and created many lamps, fabrics and garments. He spent many decades of his life in Venice, in Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei, and purchased a former convent area with garden on the Giudecca island for his factory bringing it back to life
The Grimani Palace is one of the most interesting places in Venice for those who love Renaissance art, as the Palace has a rich frescoed decoration, inspired by mythological episodes based on The Metamorphoses by the famous Latin poet Ovid
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.