What was in that spot? How was it? What was built afterwards? Three places in Venice today and in the past as represented in de’ Barbari’s “Bird-eye View of Venice”
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
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.
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.
Among the islands in the Venetian lagoon, Burano is known for its colourful houses, the lace tradition and its cookies. But is this all? Here you can read about Burano in a different perspective and found out what it was like a hundred years ago.