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The History of Venice

452  – Attile the Hun levels city of Aquileia: refugees flee to islands of Venetian lagoon       568 – refugees fleeing Lombards double lagoon’s population 697 – the parlamentari council proclaims Venice a Republic and elects the first Doge  829 – remains of St. Mark brought from Alexandria to Venice           999…

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…

“L’ Arsenale”

“L’ Arsenale” is located in S. Martino in the Sestiere di Castello. Among the various meanings of the origin of the name we report that of the Masons that seems more relevant and that is dock, a word of Arabic origin that indicates the place where the ships are manufactured and stored. The Origins Founded…

Santa Fosca and Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta

Santa Fosca The small church in Torcello is dedicated to Santa Fosca; the story took place in the early middle-ages, when Fosca, originally from the Middle-East, converted to Christianity along with her maid; after the baptism they were hunted down until they decided to face their trial; they were tortured, decapitated and their bodies thrown in the sea. A group of fishermen, moved by the death of such…

Mazzorbo and the Ponte Lungo, Torcello Island, The Devil’s Bridge and Attila’s Throne

Mazzorbo and the Ponte Lungo Mazzorbo, which is connected to the island of Burano via a long wooden bridge called Ponte Lungo, is often considered as an appendix to Burano, and so is often ignored by tourists who are attracted to the latter’s famous brightly-coloured houses. Like many other islands in the north side of the lagoon, it once had a great commercial role and the society was…

San Giacomo in Paludo, Sant’Erasmo and Fauna della Laguna

San Giacomo in Paludo The Venetian Lagoon is scattered with tiny islands which look utterly abandoned and wild; many, however, were once not only populated but very well-kept, mostly housing convents or monastries. One such island which you’ll see closeby is San Giacomo in Paludo; like many of its kind, it hides a fascinating diverse history. It was initially…

The Venetian Lagoon and Lazzaretto Nuovo and sanità

The Venetian Lagoon The Venetian Lagoon is a stretch of water 55km long comprised between two rivers flowing from the mainland; centuries ago, the Venetian Republic artificially moved the river-mouths so as to avoid that the detritus brought in could irreversibly inter the lagoon waters. Always changing, this environment is a constant grabbing game between land and water; the average depth of the water is 1 meter, which…

Burano “Bussolà” and The Remiera and the Voga Veneta

Burano “Bussolà” Among Burano’s traditionsfood is definitely up there, and at the top of that list are the Bussolà, the buranese biscuits. You will find countless shops selling them in all sorts of shapes and sizes; nowadays they cater for any particular flavour too, from limoncellochocolate chip, and coconut, to raisin, cream and apple. The bussolà were first invented in their plain buttery…

San Martino Vescovo and The coloured houses

San Martino Vescovo Piazza Baldassare Galuppi is the only real square in the whole of Burano, dedicated to the 18th century musician who was of course a proud Buranelo. The Church of San Martino which faces the square is shaped like a large hut with its rather simple-looking exterior. Inside, however, there are some unique works of art, most importantly an 18th century Crucifixion by Tiepolo. The leaning campanile is the symbol of…