The torment of prisoners
The three forms of punishment practised against prisoners to corret their wrongful conduct in Venice: pleadings, tortures and galleys. [...]
Lords of the prisons
The "lords" of the new prisons in Venice were the guards, the Lords by night at the Criminal and the most important, Council of 10. [...]
The new prisons
The new prisons were fundamental to the maintenance of order in Venice and were the first buildings in Europe built specifically for realization of judicial and custodial functions. [...]
St. Mark's Square - the history of Venice
St. Mark's Square (San Marco, in Italian) is one of the most important, beautiful and fascinating places in Italy, famous worldwide for its beauty, its magic and its architectural integrity. [...]
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 Ages, people who had in common the same art or craft, the same nationality, the same devotion to a saint, gathered with the aim of doing "good deeds", and for a moment let's try to think about the religiosity of men in 1300 when doing a good deed ensured "credits" for Paradise... [...]
The lagoon of Venice: almost 6000 years of history
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. [...]
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. [...]
Guggenheim
The museum is probably the most important in Italy regarding  american and european art of the first half of the XX century. It hosts works by Picasso, de Chirico, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Miró, Klee, Ernst, Magritte, Dalí e Pollock and by many others in the areas of Dadaism, Cubism, Futurism and Surrealism. [...]
The hidden gems of Venice
Considering that the island of Venice isn’t one of the biggest places in the world you’d be surprised with how many “gems could be hidden here. [...]
The ancient feast of the "Sensa"
It was the day of the Ascension in 997 when Doge Pietro Orseolo set sail against Istria and Dalmatia, conquering them. To commemorate this fortunate feat, which ensured the Doge the title of Duke of Dalmatia, the most solemn of the Venetian feasts was established, the famous Ascension Day, Sensa in Venetian. [...]
The Fondaco: Ponte di Rialto and ties between Venice and the Germans

The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a 15th century palace, which has turned it into a luxury shopping centre.

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Venice Historical Regata along the Canal Grande

On Sunday, September 2nd, you will experience a colourful, picturesque and stunning marine show which will enliven Venice’s waters; the most amazing fact is that you will admire it from your gondola! The origin of the “Historical parade” dates back to 1489 when Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, abdicated and came back to her native land. For this historical reason the competition is preceded by a unique procession, the “Corteo Storico” – historical parade – remembering the entrance of the Queen into the city.

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Venice Carnival Mask: a brief history

In a city where there seems to be a mask shop on every corner, it may be surprising to learn that the ancient Venetian craft of mask making was only revived about forty years ago.

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Saint Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco, in Italian)

Venice has only one square or piazza: St.Mark’s Square, a 170 meter-long trapezoid which differs from all other squares that are called ‘campi’ (fields).

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The style of Vivaldi and some curiosities about his masterpieces

Vivaldi innovated deeply the music between the 1600 and 1700 changing completely the Italian baroque music. He revitalized the formal and rhythmic structure of the concerto adding many harmonic contrasts and unusual melodies. His style was considered exuberant and was appreciated by both the public and the expert musicians.

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Venetian Violins

Venice has had a fundamental role in the history of music, in particular for the classical and baroque music.

The Venetian Liuteria (art of realization of string instruments as violins) is another artisan excellencethat has characterized the history of Venice during the centuries.

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History and Curiosities of Venetian Classical Music

Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice on 3 March 1678 from a humble family who came from Brescia.
He is one of the best Italian composer and violinist of the Venetian baroque music who has influenced all Europe with its music. He brought many innovations in the fields of violins, concerts,choral works and operas.

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The Music during Republic of Serenissima

A great musical culture has always characterized Venice especially between the 1500 and 1800. 
Many famous travelers and writers as Rousseau, Goethe or Wagner narrated about concerts and theincredible musical vivacity in the city, particularly during the famous carnival that lasted six months!

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The Sarde in Saòr

You cannot leave Venice without having tasted one of the trademark dishes that blends into one the city’s marine flavour and the aroma of the islands’ orchards: sarde in saòr.

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The History of Venice
Discover the history of one of the most charming and beautiful cities in the world! [...]
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. [...]
Gondola's History
Though opinions vary regarding the etymology of the word, it is certain that the name appeared for the first time in some 1094 documents. [...]
Venice Foundations
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. [...]
Punta della Dogana
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. [...]
The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower, or as it is usually called Moors Tower, is one of Venice landmarks. [...]
Harry's Bar and Ernest Hemingway
There is no doubt that the intensity of warfare in the Veneto district overall, and it echoes in Ernest Hemingway’s novella Across the River and Into the Trees, published in 1950. Although not the greatest of Hemingway’s writings, there is nevertheless undeniable poignancy in its account of the survival of a beautiful city after war. [...]
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…

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The Bellini
Bellini is one of the most classy, precious and famous cocktails. The recipe is very simple: peach fresh juice and champagne. [...]
The Redentore Day
The Redentore Day is one of the few Venice holidays that Venetians really feel as their own. [...]
Murano: the Pearl of Venice
Formerly called Amuranium, the island lies North-East of Venice, facing the Fondamente Nuove and can be easily reached by vaporetto (the public boat-transport service. It was, along with other islands in the lagoon, a safe haven  for the people of Veneto region, fleeing from the barbarian invasions. [...]
Steps on the water
Venice counts more than a hundred islands, intersected by about 150 canals, linked together by more than 400 bridges that originally consisted of wooden planks because they served the passage of horses in use in Venice in 1400. They were later built in stone and brick, protected by side espaliers. [...]
In the Shade in San Marco
The building of St.Mark’s Bell Tower (once used as a lighthouse) begun in XI century but the current look was reached only between 1511 and 1514. [...]
Venice Quarters: i Sestieri
One of the many peculiarities of Venice is the way the city is structured. The city is divided into 6 areas called Sestieri (from latin word “sex” = six). [...]
A city on the water but without fresh water
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. [...]
Gondola
You cannot leave Venice without having admired the city from another perspective, without filling your eyes with the sight of magnificent buildings reflected on the canals, of dusk light floating on water, you can’t leave Venice without experiencing the magic and the relaxation of a gondola ride. [...]
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. [...]
Art and professions in the Dorsoduro Sestiere

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…

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