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At the Rialto market with… an early 17th century painter
The paintings of Dirck de Vries, also known as Todaro Fiamengo, depict the Rialto market at the beginning of the 17th century. Fruits and vegetables, vendors and customers with the buildings in the background, offer a fascinating portrait of Venice in the past
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!
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.
Venice today and in the past as represented in De Barbari’s view
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”
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.
History of the Opera in Venice and of the Malibran theatre
Will we be able to see soon a new Baroque theatre here in Venice according to the wonderful project presented by Paul Atkin last year? It would be superb. In the meanwhile we are happy about the reopening of the Malibran theatre after the recent lockdown. Its name used to be a different one a long time ago.
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”.
The bells of St Mark’s campanile in Venice
Here is the story of the bells of the campanile in St Mark’s square, how many they used to be, what they were for and how old they are… and a couple of curiosities!
The Malibran and Malibran: the theatre and the singer
On this occasion, I would like to take you on a brief trip across the history of the Malibran Theatre and of the extraordinary singer who gave it its name in 19th century, Maria de la Felicidad Malibran
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.
Have you ever wondered what Venice was like during the plague?
In Venice, the plague was a scourge that lasted until the end of the 18th century. The Venetian Government adopted ingenious remedies and social policies that were, at that time, cutting-edge; nevertheless, victims numbered in the hundreds of thousands. What might be visited by a curious tourist today in Venice that is connected to the plague?
Books for kids: reading and learning about Venice
Here is short list of English books on Venice one of our BestVeniceGuides suggests for young visitors considering she is a mom, a tourist guide, an author… and a picky traveler herself, besides children’s literature is one of her hidden passions!
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