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CAMPO DEI MORI, MADONNA DELL’ORTO

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Campo dei Mori is named after the presence of four 14th century statues in Istrian Stone, inserted in the wall of the houses. The statues depict three brothers and their servant, who came from the Morea, this led the venetians to call them the Moors, not so much for the color of the skin, as…

SAN GIORGIO DEI GRECI, SCUOLA DI SAN GIORGIO DEGLI SCHIAVONI, CHIESA DELLA PIETÀ

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San Giorgio dei Greci Venice’s history is inexorably linked with Constantinople, after the 4th crusade, which was an excuse for Venice to pilfer the most valuable treasures and booty from Constantinople, the Byzantine empire began to crumble, and many Greeks emigrated west. The Greek community preserved their language, religion and traditions; and soon the Venice…

Best Venice Self-Guided Walking Tours

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When we say everyone has to visit Venice at least once in their lives, we know it’s true. And everyone who has visited Venice knows they would like to go back and see it again. The amount of stuff to see, crammed together in a city which is itself a must-see tourist attraction, make Venice…

How to Pick the Right Venice Self-Guided Walking Tour

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So, you’re going to Venice and have decided to opt for self-guided tours rather than putting up with super tedious, super slow guided tours? Good idea! But with a myriad of unforgettable things to see and do in Venice, what’s the best way to approach your self-guided tour? This post will give you some ideas…

PIAZZA SAN MARCO, ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING SQUARES OF ITALY

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Piazza San Marco in Venice is one of the most important, beautiful and fascinating squares of Italy, renowned worldwide for its magnificence, its magic and its architectural integrity. In Venice Piazza San Marco is the only real square, because all the other spaces that recall the shape are actually defined as “” or “squares” fields….

WHAT TO DO IN VENICE – THE BEST HIDDEN GEMS OF VENICE

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Considering that the island of Venice isn’t one of the biggest places in the world you’d be surprised with how many things there are to do. Most who have the privilege to visit “La Serenissima” will, like many of the millions who visit the island, miss out of some of the more masked delights of…

A Gondola’s Features

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In order to navigate in a straight line, the Gondola must be unbalanced: 33 feet long, almost 5 feet wide at the center, and weighing 4 quintals. It is piloted by a single gondolier thanks indeed to its asymmetrical line. The oarsman, besides steering it forward, must also control the lateral movement. With the left…

Torcello the Byzantine Island

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Torcello was already inhabited in Roman times probably only as a retreat of some noble family, later was abandoned when the surrounding lagoon got silted up. Upon arrival of the Barbarians in the fifth and sixth centuries, the inhabitants of cost town Altino took refuge first in Torcello and then in the other islands of…

DISCOVER THE ISLANDS OF THE LAGOON: MURANO, BURANO AND TORCELLO

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The Venice lagoon or Venetian Lagoon is located in the Northern Adriatic Sea, along the coasts of Veneto region, has long been under UNESCO protection. The lagoon of Venice is nearly 6000 years old. In its place there was once a plain formed by sediments carried by rivers like the Brenta and the Piave, after the…

Ten Unique Things to Do in Venice

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It is always reductive to draw up a list of things to do in Venice. Actually, there are so many insights that talking about one seems inevitably wrong to the other. It is also true that in a world-famous city like Venice the “tourist” highlights end up by darkening its more unusual- but no less…