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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
Caterina Cornaro, a Queen in Venice
When telling the history of Venice, women have always remained a bit in the background. However, there is a woman who played a fundamental role in the history of the most Serene Republic. This is the amazing story of Caterina Cornaro, the queen of Cyprus who abdicated the throne for the sake of Venice.
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!
Acqua Alta – High Tide in Saint Mark’s Square in Venice
High tide events are always more frequent in Saint Mark’s Square as a result of subsidence and sea-level rising. Which natural elements influence the tides in Venice and the lagoon? How do you calculate high tide? How does the square flood?
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!
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.
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!
Past and present in the cult of Saint Roch in Venice. Can Contemporary Art help us in order to be a better community?
Talking about many centuries ago and Contemporary Venice at the same time, I would like to tell you stories with an eye on European History and particularly about Saint Roch starting from his biography, as well as about how residents in Venice want to be a strong community and open their arms to the world according to the cosmopolitan way of life always characterizing this city.
In Venice with Kids: Spooky Legends!
Here’s a post for brave and fearless kids! Read about the Arsenale (i.e. the Venetian Shipyard) and the spooky legend of its Lions! Then come to Venice and join Monica of the Best Venice Guides on a tour of the most intriguing areas of Venice! Ciao!
Venice, Glass and Spectacles Part II
After spectacles were first invented in Venice, how did shape, wearing and colour change over the centuries? How did knowledge about glasses develop, when did they stop being linked to scholars, becoming pretty Rococo objects worn by high-society people?
A Venetian treat: a Gianduiotto to go
The king of Venetian Gelatos is the famous ‘Gianduiotto’! Well, famous in Venice as in the rest of the country it is a well known chocolate from Piedmont. Read about a very Venetian way of enjoying a stroll with a local creamy frozen specialty.
Venice, Glass and Spectacles Part I
Where were glasses invented? Who produced them originally? Where did production begin? Venice played a leading role in the matter, as can be found out below.
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