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Welcome to the Venetian lagoon!

Welcome to the Venetian lagoon! You know, Venice is unique. But there is a hidden…

History of the Venetian "campo"

Venice was founded in the fifth century by people from the mainland who fled the…

Discover Venice as a local

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VENICE'S NEIGHBOURHOODS, SESTIERI

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Chimneys in Venice!

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Alchemy in Venice: Palazzo Lezze

In cannaregio, you will find a special Palace, palazzo Lezze: The name comes from the onwer’s…

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L'età di Venezia!

Venezia ha una storia di quasi 16 secoli: si fa risalire la fondazione della città…

L'età di Venezia!

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The mascaron of Venice

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January 6th! Venice Clock Tower: the statues of the Magi Kings

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Welcome to the Venetian lagoon! You know, Venice is unique. But there is a hidden world that you can discover wandering around the lagoon! And there is so much to discover in the lagoon beyond the Venice’s central district. Some ideas ? - Chioggia -Valle millecampi -Oasi ca’ Roman -Pellestrina -Oasi valle Averto -Oasi Alberoni -Lido di Venezia -San Lazzaro degli Armeni -San Servolo -Certosa -Le Vignole -Lazzaretto Novo -Sant’Erasmo -Mazzorbo -San Francesco del deserto -Mazzorbo -The “ghost islands” Ammiana, La Cura, a Madonna del Monte, San Giovanni in Paludo... and much much more ! ♥️ #freewalkinvenice#sustainabletourism#detourismvenezia#detourism#officialtourguide

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Venice was founded in the fifth century by people from the mainland who 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 , but by the ninth century was firmly established in its present location.

Originally, each island was semi-autonomous. Houses were built around the edge so that each house had direct access to the water for commerce and trasportation. 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 well, and for the public events such as markets and festivals. Shops and businesses opened onto the campo.  All movement from island to island was conducted by boat; 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. 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!

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Their aim is to show visitors (and locals!) the real culture of a city beyond the tourist highlights. They are always looking for locals who’d like to share their passion for their city by blogging about their favorite spots. Currently they have  79 city blogs ! 

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When we started to have six sestieri?

Which are ? These and other curiosities!

We call Venice: a fish! Taking a look to the map you can recognize the head, the tail….

Almost everyone knows the most popular sights that make Venice so unique, what we called the highlights of Venice: St. Mark’s square, the Rialto bridge, or the Grand Canal with its gondole. But there are hundreds of sites to see and things do in Venice. 

Just walking around Venice you can find an unique courtyard, crossing a bridge or walking down a calle you can find yourself in front of a more secluded church, an unusual museum, an ancient cloister or a secret garden (I love running the secret gardens tour!)

You can find hundreds of hidden gems scattered throghout Venice six districts!

Let's start with the basics. For those who like exploring Venice on foot, it's essential to know that the historic centre of Venice still maintains its original division into sestieri (districts), the six parts into which ancient Venice was divided for tax and administrative purposes.

This division probably took place as early as 1171, during the reign of Doge Vitale II Michiel.

 The sestieri are three on either side of the Grand Canal: San Marco, Castello, Cannaregio on the left side (de citra, on this side); Dorsoduro, San Polo and Santa Croce on the right side (de ultra, on the other side).

 Each of Venice’s neighbourhoods has its own characteristics, offering you something a little different and distinctive wherever you wander.

San Marco: this is the political center of Venice and the ancient Serenissima Repubblica where is located San Marco square. There are many monuments and beautiful palazzi here including not too high buildings. The small district includes many of Venice's most famous sights, including St Mark's SquareSaint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's PalaceHarry's Bar, the Palazzo DandoloPalazzo D'Anna Viaro Martinengo Volpi di MisurataSan Moisè, the La Fenice theatre, the Palazzo Grassi and Palazzo Bellavite, and the churches of San BenetoSan FantinSanta Maria del GiglioSan MaurizioSan MoisèSanto StefanoSan SalvadorSan Zulian and San Samuele.

The area is densely built and was the location of Venice's government. It is now heavily touristed and there are many hotelsbanks and expensive shops.

San Marco is also a place which is used in several video games such as in TekkenAssassin's Creed II, and Venetica.

Cannaregio: It is the second largest sestiere by land area and the largest by population.

Isola di San Michele, the historic cemetery island, is associated with the district. It is where is located the first Jewish Ghetto of Venice and where you can find many typical venetian bacari.

In the 19th century, civil engineers built a street named Strada Nuova through Cannaregio, and a railway bridge and road bridge were constructed to connect Venice directly to Mestre.

Castello: Castello is the largest of the six sestieri of Venice, Italy. There had been, since at least the 8th-century, small settlements of the islands of San Pietro di Castello (for which the sestiere is named). This island was also called Isola d'Olivolo.

From the thirteenth century onward, the district grew around a naval dockyard on what was originally the Isole Gemini. The land in the district was dominated by the Arsenale of the Republic of Venice, then the largest naval complex in Europe. A Greek Mercantile community numbering around 5,000 in the Renaissance and late Middle ages was based in this district, with the Flanginian School and the Greek Orthodox Church of San Giorgio dei Greci being located here, of which the former comprises the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and post-Byzantine Studies in Venice[1] and the latter is now the seat of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Italy.

Other significant structures were by the monasteries in the north of the quarter.

Napoleon closed the Arsenal and planned what are now the Bienniale Gardens. More recently the island of Sant'Elena has been created, and more land drained at other extremities of Castello.

Dorsoduro: It is the artistic district of Venice, where many museums are located: Gallerie dell’Accademia, Ca’Rezzonico, Peggy Guggenheim collection, Punta della Dogana..

Dorsoduro includes the highest land areas of the city and also Giudecca island and Isola Sacca Fisola. Its name derives from the Italian for "hard ridge", due to its comparatively high, stable land. The original heart of the area was the Giudecca Canal, along which buildings were constructed from the sixth century.[citation needed] By the eleventh century, settlement had spread across to the Grand Canal, while later religious buildings including the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute and the Zattere quay are now its main landmarks.

In the nineteenth century the Accademia was set up in Dorsoduro and the Ponte dell'Accademia linked it to San Marco, making it an expensive area, popular with foreign residents. The western quarter end and the Giudecca, became industrialised around this time.

San Polo: the name it is taking place from the San Polo church. San Polo is home to the Rialto Market, which used to be the centre of trade and commerce for the Venetian Empire. Today, from Tuesday to Saturday in the morning hours there is still a major market here beside the Rialto bridge. The Fish market offers remarkably good value for money for those of you renting apartments.

As you walk through the narrow and meandering streets of San Polo you'll be passing by some of the oldest buildings in Venice. Also, along these narrow passageways you'll walk through the old artisan quarters of Venice, and the red-light district of Venice in ancient times.

The Scuola Grande Di San Rocco, is a 16th Century Renaissance building dedicated to Saint Roch the protector of the sick and plague stricken people. The building is still active as a popular venue for Classical Concerts in the evenings. It contains an extraordinary collection of works by Tintoretto.

Campo San Polo, is one of the largest squares of Venice, and is at the heart of the San Polo district.

Santa Croce: The area was once part of the Luprio swamp, but has been steadily reclaimed.

It is the area of the city most affected by the opening of the lagoon road in April 1933.

can be divided into two areas: the eastern area being largely mediaeval, and the western - including the main port and the Tronchetto - mostly lying on land reclaimed in the 20th century.

The district includes the Piazzale Roma, home to Venice's bus station and car parks, and around which is the only area of the city in which cars can travel. The tourist attractions lie mostly in the eastern part of the quarter, and include the churches of San Nicolo da TolentinoSan Giacomo dell'Orio, and San Zan Degola; the Fondaco dei Turchi; the Museum of the History of Fabric and Costume at Palazzo Mocenigo; the Patrician Palace; and Ca' Corner della Regina.

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We can explore the magic, mysterious symbols of Venice. My experience will begin with an overview of Venice so you can’t virtually get lost. I’ll give you the most important information about Venice: where is located, why is so special and famous. And be ready! Some tricks and fast quizzes are waiting for you in order to help you to focus on the most important details!

You’ll tour my Venice thanks to special views, images and pics I prepared just for you. I’ll try to help you to immerse yourself in the secret Venice that just Venetians know and I am sure you’ll then remember locations and details.

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If you have three full days to explore Venice, you encountered a delight you’d never read about in any of the many accounts of the city’s history you’d perused, a wonderful legacy of the craft workers who built the city!

Apparently the masons who built Venice brick by brick took special delight in adding a unique fillip to the designs of some of the greatest architects of the age, literally crowning their creations with an extravagant array of chimneys, each unique in its own way.

Venice has about 7,000 chimneys! The chimneys — from the funnel-shaped to those that resemble a twisted pasta noodle — come in 10 different styles. If you’re wondering why anyone would count them all, it’s because they’re part of Venice’s fascinating architectural heritage…could be possible to make a walking tour just to search them!

A distinct architectural characteristic of Venice is found in its chimneys. Try walking around Venice with your nose in the air and you will see an intriguing skyline, punctuated by chimneys of various strange sizes and shapes. These are the same chimneys that can be seen in paintings by Carpaccio and Canaletto among others, and form a vital element of this incredible city’s character, topping off the elegant palaces like so many party hats. There is a practical reason for their odd shapes, however. Their peculiar forms prevent the escape of sparks into the air by whirling them around their inner walls until they fall, spent, to a collecting space at the base of the chimney. A necessary measure in a city that uses abundant amounts of wood in its palazzi!

 

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Oggi è il 15 aprile ed è necessario parlare di un uomo straordinario anche se dalla storia macchiata da una congiura e uno scandalo. Nel 1423 venne eletto a 49 anni Francesco Foscari (sì, proprio come l'Università Ca' Foscari). Francesco vivrà ben 84 anni! Perchè  è così importante ricordarlo? Il suo Dogado è stato il più lungo della storia di Venezia: 34 anni, 6 mesi e 8 giorni (sì è bene essere precisi) ! Se vi sembrano pochi ricordate che i dogi venivano eletti in età avanzata (sinonimo di saggezza e per evitare desideri di potere troppo pronunciati). Francesco Foscari ,se non contiamo i primi secoli particolarmente "vivaci", è stato l'unico doge a essere costretto ad abdicare il 22 ottobre 1457 a seguito di un incredibile scandalo legato a suo figlio. Il giorno dell’abdicazione, a Palazzo Ducale, Francesco Foscari  fu privato del corno e dell’anello col sigillo, che fu subito spezzato.  Sotto di lui lo Stato da Terra raggiunse la sua massima espansione ma il suo non fu proprio un dogado facile: si attraversarono guerre, carestie, alte maree straordinarie ( e noi ne sappiamo qualcosa), la glaciazione della laguna e una pestilenza (la terribile peste che gli portò via quattro dei suoi undici figli, lasciandogli un solo figlio maschio, Jacopo) e perfino un terremoto.

Viva San Marco, Viva il Doge!

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In cannaregio, you will find a special Palace, palazzo Lezze: The name comes from the onwer’s name , Giovanni da Lezze, whose family was from Lecce and they are involved in trades and shipbuilding. Giovanni was a soldier and then became an importat politician in Venice ( Procurator of S. Marco) and in 1611 he began to building the palace that afterwards was completed by the architect Baldassarre Longhena. This Architect had jewish origins and also he had a good knowledge of Cabala and was keen on with esoteric and alchemical studies. He designed the palace and also put some decorations with alchemical meaning. The Alchemy was a doctrine whose followers can find out an equilibrium between brain and heart, culture and moral qualities, penitence and humility and only following this doctrine a man could become a true philosopher. The alchemy foreseens one ‘spiritual’ aspect and a‘ laboratory’ one, that had to join together in the practice. Unfortunately, beside the popular authentic alchemists there were also many charlatans that threatened the reputation. The most popular magic used by the alchemists with laboratory skills, was the transformation of impure materials into gold and silver. The impostors used a hoax with their customers, in fact they used a wooden box with a hid botton where they put some pieces of gold, at the time of the so called "trasformation" they simply pulled out the gold hid in the box. In order to limit the hoaxes, in 1530 the authorities imposed the death penalty for each alchemist. Starting from that moment the spiritual alchemists had to hid theyselves and became to widespead a symbolic language that was understood only but the followers. Among the marble or stone inlays, the most visible and representative is placed in a corner behind the faced of this building.There is a king with a flaming crown with two man at his side and over them are placed two pellicans. On this figures there are the sun and the moon that in the alchemical language the sun represents the phisophical gold and the solar knowledge, the side figures under the sun and the moon are recpectively the Mercury and the salt, materials that transform, meanwhile the pellican is another alchemical picture. The philosopher and the alchemist ‘’Fulcanelli’ called this palace "the phisophical palace of Venice".

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Venezia ha una storia di quasi 16 secoli: si fa risalire la fondazione della città alla leggendaria posa della prima pietra della chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto, San Giacometo, come la chiamano ancora oggi i veneziani. Siamo, secondo la tradizione, nel 421, precisamente il 25 marzo (la chiesa in realtà fu costruita ben dopo l’anno mille). Questa data simbolica è ormai in uso per indicare la nascita della città lagunare

Ma com’era la Venezia del passato? Tra le antiche mappe della città, ce n’è una, vero e proprio gioiello del Rinascimento italiano, che ancora oggi ci sorprende per la straordinaria fedeltà con cui ci restituisce l’immagine della città lagunare. È la celebre Veduta di Venezia a volo d’uccello di Jacopo de’ Barbari, datata 1500. Ogni edificio, canale o campo della città è qui documentato!

Vero e proprio unicum nella storia della rappresentazione della città, la Veduta – intagliata su sei matrici lignee e stampata su altrettanti fogli – è considerata uno dei massimi capolavori della cartografia urbana di tutti i tempi. Dell’opera, il Museo Correr possiede le originarie matrici in legno di pero, oltre a diversi esemplari della stampa su carta.

 

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