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Free Walk in Venice tours - Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto tour

Free Walk in Venice tours - The heart and soul of Venice: Carampane and Rialto tour 

Free Walk in Venice tours - the hidden secrets of Venice and Dorsoduro: Venice off the beaten tracks

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Venice is more than just a city, it is an inimitable symbol, an open-air museum. It is unique, just like the priceless salons of the Palazzo Abadessa, a historical residence that has retained all the allure and fascination of a Venetian aristocratic home Damask silk fabrics, frescoes and paintings fron the great masters of the past are the setting for an incredible environment.
An antique aristocratic home dating back to the XVIth century, the Palazzo was the residence of the Abbess Jeronima Calba before coming into the possession of the Priuli Family, doges od the Serenissima Republica Marinara. In the spacious garden, the stone statue of the Emperor Franz Josef bear witness to the fact that the Palazzo was also once the site of the Austro-Hungarian Embassy.
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San Simeone Piccolo is a church in the sestiere of Santa Croce in Venice, northern Italy. From across the Grand Canal it faces the railroad terminal serving as entrypoint for most visitors to the city. Built in 1718-38 by Giovanni Antonio Scalfarotto, the church shows the emerging eclecticism of Neoclassical architecture. It accumulates academic architectural quotations, much like the contemporaneous Karlskirche in Vienna. Wittkower, in his monograph, acknowledges San Simeone is modeled on the Pantheon with a temple-front pronaos, on the other hand, the peaked dome recalls Longhena's more embellished and prominent Santa Maria della Salute church. The centralized circular church design and the metal dome recalls Byzantine models and San Marco, though the numerous centrifugal chapels are characteristic of Post-Tridentine churches.  San Simeon Piccolo (technically named SS. Simeone e Giuda) is actually rather unimportant as far as Venice churches go, but it is most people's first view of Venice—and, if you've a long wait for your train, the thing you end up staring at longest—so it begs to be identified. Itwas one of the last churches built in Venice, in one of its poorer sestieri; closed for what seems like decades (most of us, actually, had long assumed it to be deconsecrated and boarded up permanently), it has recently had some restoration work done on the striking green (oxidized) copper dome and has reopened to the public.  Nowadays you can visit the stunning crypta.
It now holds the quirky status of being the only church in Venice to celebrate Mass in Latin, too.

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we all love the Christmas atmosphere. Venice presents you an encredible variety of events. Here below an interesting website to all updated events and opportunities:

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The birth of Venice from the waters of he Lagoon is wonderfully rendered in the verses of the American poet Herman Melville: 

With Pantheist energy of will
The little craftsman of the Coral Sea
Strenuous in the blue abyss,
Up-builds his marvelous gallery
And long arcade,
Erections freaked with many a fringe
Of marble garlandry,
Evincing what a worm can do.

Laborious in a shallower wave,
Advanced in kindred art,
A prouder agent proved Pan's might
When Venice rose in reefs of palaces.

Venice began to rise from the waters thanks to the intrepid men who, fleeing from the barbarian invaders, abandoned their homes on the mainland and took refuge in the scattered islands of the Lagoon. 

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What about discovering some of the Venetian gems ?
Did you already heard about the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti - Ca' d'Oro?
The Ca' d'Oro, an ancient patrician residence of the fifteen century, gethers the art collection which Baron Giorgio Franchetti who bought the building in 1894 gave the state. In this house decorated with a Venetian Gothic style through fascinating architectonical glimpses it is possible to admire painting of the Venetian school among which the famous San Sebastiano by Andrea Mantegna, works of the Tuscan and Flemish school, wonderful bronze statues and Renaissance statues as well.
The mosaics are really stunning as well as the internal Corte, including an amazing view of the Grand Canal.

Water bus public ACTv line number 1 - stop Ca' d'Oro

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The Jews of Venice were only permitted to practise three professions in the past.
They were not allowed to own land or property and could not become craftsmen, professionals or business owners.
Initially, the only activity open to them was money  lending.  An exception was later made for the mercantile Levantine Jews who were granted permission to trade. Eventually, the Ghetto's inhabitants were also allowed to become doctors and to sell second - hand clothes.
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