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The feast of the Salute - 21st November and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute.

In 1630 a plague broke out in the city. It was devasting and very contagious. It was said to have started with a carpenter who lived nearby and went to work at San Clemente, an island in the lagoon. The ambassador of the duke of Mantua, who had fallen ill, was kept on the island in isolation. Soon the disease spread to Venice killing a great many people. In October 1630, doge Nicolò Contarini (1630-1631) made a vow to the Madonna: if the plague stopped, he would build a magnificent church dedicated to her. Shortly afterwards, the epidemic died down.

It was decided that the sanctuary should be placed in one of the most pretigious areas of the city, right in front of the basin of St. Mark. On 1 April 1631, doge Contarini laid the foundation stone and, to celebrate the occasion, coins were monted with the image of the doge (who died the following day!) and these were put in a hole in the centre of the curch. Hovewer the shape of the curch had  not been decided yet. Something unique was needed, a building no one had ever seen before, and with lots of light. A competition was held.

The design that won was by a young architect called Baldassarre Longhena (1598-1682) and it was decidedly original in comparison with the traditional Venetian churches.

The exterior is white, in Istrian stone and it is covered by a dome. The entrance door, framed by four columns, is enormous and it is opened only on November 21st, the feast day of the Madonna della Salute.

Over a million stakes were used for the foundation of the curch! In 1687 it finally opened and doge Marcantonio Giustinian promised that in future the doge in office and his retinue would make an official visit to the curch on NOvember 21st each year, crossing the Grand Canal on a bridge made of boats. The feast of the Salute is still one of the most important appointments on the calendar in Venice!

 

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Let's discover Piazza San Marco - Saint Mark's square!

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All the squares in Venice are called "campi" except the most important of all, Piazza San marco, Saint Mark's square.

 

This square was the centre of political life and all the buildings that surround it were connected to the governement of the Serenissima. It was here that all the most important feasts, celebrations and games in the city took place. In the IX century the doge decided to move his residence here and he had a kind of castle built, the Palazzo Ducale.

In those days the square was much smaller than it is now. In the centre there was a canal, the Batario rio, beyond which there was an orchard "brolo", with vines and fruit trees. Where thne Clock tower stands now there was a sanbuca tree, which the merchands used for tying up their horses. There was a bell tower too, but it was about half the size of the present one and it was mostrly used a watch tower.

The water of the lagoon went aroud the doge's palace-cum-castle, beside the bell tower and as far as a small church, which was the doge's private chapel. Over the centuries the square changed, Artist Gentile Bellini (1429-1507) painted a picture of the procession that took place in the square on April 25th (St. Mark's feast day) 1496.

It is like a photograph of the past. The Palazzo Ducale had by then lost its fortress look. The best defence of the city was the lagoon, which separated it from the enemy like a wall.

 

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During our tours we don't cover San Marco square but during your Venice holiday we'll give you a lot of info related to all Venice points of interest. What are you waiting for? Choose our free tour FREE WALK IN VENICE!

 

Ve l'abbiamo detto, non siamo eclettici e sì, amiamo i bambini.

Durante le nostre molteplici attività quelle dedicate ai più piccoli occupano una grande e importante parte per noi..

Ecco che prendono forma "cacce al dettaglio" a all'esterno nella nostra splendida Venezia e non solo...

Se amate l'arte e volete che i vostri bambini si avvicinino al contesto museale in modo ludico didattico non mancate agli appuntamenti organizzati presso le Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia.

Di seguito trovate lo splendido articolo dedicatoci da Mamatips e la locandina delle nostre attivitò di Novembre e Dicembre.

 

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Se sei a Venezia con i tuoi bambini contattaci per percorsi ludico didattici in città e seguici alle Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia!

Ecco l'articolo:

http://www.mamatips.it/content/laboratori-bambini-alle-gallerie-dellaccademia

 

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Ve l'abbiamo detto, non siamo eclettici e sì, amiamo i bambini.

Durante le nostre molteplici attività quelle dedicate ai più piccoli occupano una grande e importante parte per noi..

Ecco che prendono forma "cacce al dettaglio" a all'esterno nella nostra splendida Venezia e non solo...

Se amate l'arte e volete che i vostri bambini si avvicinino al contesto museale in modo ludico didattico non mancate agli appuntamenti organizzati presso le Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia.

Di seguito trovate lo splendido articolo dedicatoci da Mamatips e la locandina delle nostre attivitò di Novembre e Dicembre.

 

Per info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Se sei a Venezia con i tuoi bambini contattaci per percorsi ludico didattici in città e seguici alle Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia!

Ecco l'articolo:

http://www.mamatips.it/content/laboratori-bambini-alle-gallerie-dellaccademia

 

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Shopping in Venice for Xmas and you want to know what to do in Venice? A must see stop is at T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS, located on Calle Fontego dei Tedeschi near Rialto Bridge. Enjoy the stunning panoramic view from the terrace of this recently opened historical luxury commercial center.  Booking is necessary just in "hot days"at: +39 0413142000.

 

More information about the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS at: https://www.dfsgroup.com/en/about-dfs/dfs-worldwide-network/t-galleria/t-fondaco-dei-tedeschi

After shopping choose a citywalk with us and we'll explaining you what to see in Venice during our free walking tour !

 

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Do you know the colourful Island of Burano ?

"Burano is well worth a visit. This bright colored island, located a short boat ride north from Venice is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing and amusing morning or afternoon". We have a special friend, Silvia who last year decuided to start showing her Burano from the local point of view.  During a a short-lenght walking tour, 45 minutes, she show uncovers breath-taking hidden corners and the secrets that "normal" visitors don't get to know. Leaving crowds of tourists at our back and get away from the hustle, to find the peaceful and enchanted Burano that only locals have knowledge of. If not for Silvia, Burano would look like bright colored buildings and an amount of lace. She takes visitors around her island explaining habits and  ways of life. In and out of streets walking  to her favorite corners and more traditional points of interest.

 

Here below her contacts info:

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Ok, let's speak about history and words today !

Discover the typical Venetian words with us. Let's begin with CAMPO. Do you have a Venice map? Well, you'll find many campi while you're looking for the best area to stay in Venice.

You know.. Venice was founded in the fifth century by people coming from the mainland. They fled the Hun invasion from the north to take refuge in the lagoon’s marshy islands.

The center of the original community, “Venetia” , moved from island to island. Anyway from the ninth century was firmly established in its present location.

Originally, each small island was semi-autonomous. Houses were built around the edge so that each house had direct access to the water for commerce and trasportation (our watery front doors!).

The open space in the center, the campo, was used for community needs such as the graveyard, for grazing cattle, for the water cistern and wells and for the public events such as markets and festivals and in some cases also as bullfight areas.

Shops and businesses opened onto the campo.  All movements from island to island were conducted by boats. Bridges linking the island communities were built centuries later. The city’s island structure created a strong sense of neighborhood identity and rivalry.

Originally, as their name implies, the campi were unpaved fields. In the eighteenth century , to protect ladies’ ankle-length gowns and elegant shoes, especially during the evening passeggiata , wide stone paths called listone were constructed across some campi. Tassini describes the passeggiata that took place on winter evenings along the paved listone on Campo Santo Stefano.

Something unique?

Today, Campo San Pietro in Castello district is the only campo that is still grass crossed with stone paths.

Nowadays in the Campo, those living in the neighborhood shop, go for coffee and newspapers, while Venetians living elsewhere pass through on their way to work. In this setting, persons encounter each other many times a day and brief conversations ensue. Here, even casual acquaintances become familiar figures. Public life is visible and audible to all. No part of the campo is fenced off or inaccessible, and of course, there are no cars to impede social interaction!

 

Interesting, right?  So.. what are you waiting for? Book your free your Free Walk in Venice and learn more with Isola Tour!

 

CAMPO SAN POLO FREE WALK IN VENICE meeting point on November and December

 

Venerdì 11 novembre, ore 15:00, speciale attività in italiano.

Punto d'incontro: Campo San Barnaba (Dorsoduro)

Saremo lieti di far conoscere a grandi e piccoli una Venezia nascosta e "minore", con una particolare attenzione ai “piccoli ospiti” cercando di catturare la loro attenzione su dettagli e stranezze che questa città possiede. Per i visitatori fuori Venezia forniremo alla fine anche informazioni, se necessarie, su cosa vedere, su dove poter trovare qualche appetitoso piatto tipico veneziano (o gustare un ottimo gelato) o come poter raggiungere punti della città.

La partecipazione è libera, se l'attività sarà stata di vostri gradimento vi saremo grati se vorrete sostenere la nostra associazione con una libera donazione (dettagli su richiesta).

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T Fondaco dei tedeschi is a endless source of surprise. The terrace suspended over the Rialto roofs and dominating the city is a breathtaking viewpoint. From here is possible to see far across the Venetian lagoon even to the peaks of the nearby Italian Alps. This unique panoramic view will win the hearts of all those who love Venice !

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The building, renovated by Rem Koolhaas, celebrates the traditional elements, textures and shapes of Venice where in the past we had the historical Fondaco dei Tedeschi. Nowadays this is a new luxury department store and a cultural hub for Venice, promoting events and exhibitions.

 

 

 

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In Venice the life of the city found in the clock an irreplaceable controller of the hundreds of activities taking place.

The Venetian Governament's decision to assign to the clock of San Geremia, alongside that of San marco (construction of which was completed in 911), that of the Frari (erected from 1361 to 1396) and that of San Francesco della Vigna (completely rebuilt, ending in 1581), the task od advising with strokes of their bells when the Maggior Consiglio, that is to say the highest political body of the Republic of Venice was going to meet was of enormous importance. Gradually the citizens (about one hundred thousand people) learnt to appreciate how handy it was to associate the division of time as tolled by the bells with the rhythm of their working day.

 

Do you want to learn more? Join our Magnificent northern side of Venice and Jewish Ghetto tour! :)

 

 

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