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A city on the water but without fresh water

“Venice is in water and has no water”, said Marin Sanudo in 1500. As Venice was surrounded by salt water but didn’t have drinking water due to its hydro-geological characteristics, wells were built all around the city to collect rainwater. The work was realized by the pozzeri brotherhood, belonging to the Masons brotherhood, and was financed by private individuals,…

The Venetian Schools – A primitive example of voluntary work

In Venice the word “School” has two completely different meanings: the first is the one common all over the world and which identifies a place where teachers teach and students learn; the second, which is the subject of our study, indicates a building where, in the Middle Agespeople who had in common the same art or craft, the same nationality, the same…

The Lion and Theodore

Once the basin of San Marco was the sea port of Venice and those who came by ship could admire the impressive unique architecture of Palazzo Ducale, seat of the Venetian power, and two marble and granite columns topped by the statues of the two patron saints of Venice: the winged Lion, symbol of St. Mark the Evangelist, and “Todaro , the Byzantine St. Theodore of Amasea,…

The Bucintoro: the golden ship

On the origin of the name many pages have been spent, we report here that of Prof. Siega“Dictionary of the Veneto lexicon etymologically and curiously commented” Finegil editorial, which seems to us the most accredited; the name would derive from Buzon, Bonzonus which stood for navis; Buzon d’oro or golden ship from here became the Bucintoro….

WHAT TO DO IN VENICE TODAY – DAILY TOURS SCHEDULE

Are looking for what to do in Venice today? Here a complete list of the best things to do today! Take a look and choose the tour that you prefer! If you are Venice history lover, why don’t you participate to one of the guided visits to the Palazzo Ducale, to the San Marco’s Basilica

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…

Ten Unique Things to Do in Venice

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…

Scuola San Marco, Basilica SS Giovanni e Paolo, Monumento Colleoni

Scuola Grande di San Marco Ruskin called the mesmerizing façade of the Scuola Grande di San Marco ‘the most refined building in Venice’. The choice of bright marbles, spotted with porphyry red medallions, give a sense of serenity and calm; which is in contrast with the monochrome brick-façade of the Church next to it. There…