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The clock tower

The Clock Tower, or as it is usually called Moors Tower, is one of Venice landmarks. It was built at the and of XV century when the City of Venice decided to substitute the old Sant’Alipo Clock Tower. The astronomical clock  was revealed in 1499 as the “most complex clock in the world”. The planets’ movement were…

Palazzo Grassi in Venice

Palazzo Grassi, located in campo San Samuele and facing the Grand Canal, was the last palace built before the end of the Venetian Republic, in 1772. The Stairwell The main stairwell is frescoed by Michelangelo Morlaiter and Francesco Zanchi, and the ceilings are decorated by the artists Giambattista Canal and Christian Griepenkerl. In 1840,…

Punta della Dogana

Punta della Dogana: a strategic building Punta della Dogana separates the Grand Canal from the Giudecca Canal. For its strategic location it was the house of the Custom and of the Salt Warehouses. During the fifteenth century, the Sea Customs House, which had previously been near the Arsenale, was transferred to the western point of Dorsoduro borough….

Venice and the Belle Epoque, the foreigner Simmel and Monet

The old and the new clashed frequently, and were never to be reconciled in the twentieth century. Nor was Venice able to escape the vilification and ambivalence that appeared in the interpretations in the early century. But the old Serenissima was not yet dead: indeed there was renewed fascination with the eighteenth century. Simmel and…

Art and professions in the Dorsoduro Sestiere

The apotheosis by Veronese and the gondolas’ yard Are you looking to avoid crowds and the usual touristy walks? Do you want to hear Venice’s primitive pulse, by exploring a true gem of Venetian art and one of the city’s historic professions? In Dorsoduro, the area in the southern part of Venice, you will find…

Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim Museum The art gallery was opened in 1951 by Solomon R. Guggenheim and hosts the private collection of his wife Peggy, one of the most influent personalities in XX century art. The works of her collection are shown together with other paintings from private collections (in 2012 the museum received more than 80…

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