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San Pantalon and Santa Margherita

San Pantalon Here we are in Campo San Pantalon, with the church dedicated to Saint Pantaleon, a priest who was martyred in the 3rd century for trying to convert people to Christianity in Anatolia, or modern Turkey. The brick-façade gives it an air of simplicity, completely opposite to its interior, which holds the largest painting…

Campo delle Beccarie, San Giovanni Elemosinario and San Giacometto

Campo delle Beccarie Campo delle Beccarie, this is one of the many parts of the Rialto market, the economic force of the Venetian Republic, a little like one might think of Wall Street in New York today; it was the area where butchers came to collect, cut and sell their meat. “Bechèr” is in fact Venetian…

Private Gondola Ride

To discover Venice resting back on a private gondola ride gliding across the water, like a real Venetian of the past, is to immerse oneself in a completely new dimension, to look with new eyes at the unique Venetian palazzi that seem to hover in the water. With his gentle movements, the gondolier will guide you along the never-changing…

The Rialto Bridge: one of the symbols of Venice

Venice: the “City of Bridges” Venice has four bridges that cross the Grand Canalthe Rialto Bridge, the Accademia Bridge, the Ponte degli Scalzi Bridge and the Constitution Bridge known as the Calatrava Bridge. The Rialto Bridge is the oldest and was the only connection between the two banks of the Grand Canal. The origins of the Rialto Bridge It seems that already…

The Fondaco: Ponte di Rialto and ties between Venice and the Germans

The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a 15thcentury palace, which has turned it into a luxury shopping centre. The Origins of The Fondaco The ties between Venice and the German world were historically very strong, and so a fondaco, from the Arabic for warehouse, was built to host the workshops of these Nordic communities. In 1505 a fire destroyed it almost entirely, but in only…

Venice Foundations

The history of  Venice The history of Venice begins with the twilight of the Roman Empire, when barbaric invasions drove the inhabitants of the Venetian coast towards the islands of the lagoon. It wasn’t easy to establish a settlement in this region, scoured by continual tides and flooding. Even less so to erect stable, sound buildings: water, salinity, sand and mud…

Ponte dei Bareteri, San Salvador and San Bartolomeo

Ponte dei Bareteri You are now on the Ponte dei Bareteri, the hatmakers’ bridge, which is halfway along the Mercerie. This bridge holds a small record, as it has 6 different alleys leading on and off the bridge. Coming from Piazza San Marco, looking up you’ll see a protruding windowed balcony in wood. This is the Casino Venier, historically one…

San Giovanni in Bragora and Arsenale

San Giovanni in Bragora Entering the peaceful Campo San Giovanni in Bragora, we see the simple gothic Church where Antonio Vivaldi was baptised, the red-haired composer who taught music to orphan girls in a nearby School and produced wonderful music, such as the Four Season violin concertos. On the topic of baptism, the Church is in fact dedicated to St. Giovanni Battista, the lone hermit…

Marco Polo’s House, Fondaco dei Tedeschi and the Rialto Bridge

Marco Polo’s House In Corte Seconda del Milion you’ll see a plaque dedicated to Marco Polo, who apparently live in this house. The great explorer left Venice as a teenager in 1271 on a voyage that has become legendary. Together with his father and uncle, after three and a half years he reached the city of Khanbaliq, which we today call Beijing, in China. On…

Erbaria and Pescheria

Erbaria This empty space giving onto the Grand Canal is the Erbaria, which is Venetian for Herbs Store. This part of the Rialto market would have been full of stalls selling all sorts of herbsvegetables and fruits. Today the Erbaria is a popular hang-out spot where young people meet for an aperitivo in the evening. Before moving on, on the wall above the bar facing…

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