Gelato in Venice: some history and tips to enjoy

Gelato is one of those words tourists do not need any translation for. Actually, if I say “ice cream”, some give me a suspicious look as if I am proposing them something which is not truly [...]

Makeup in Venice in the 18th century

Makeup in Venice: the concept of female beauty in 18th century nobility Who would be considered a beautiful woman in the 18th century Venice? It is a real joy to observe the paintings by Pietro [...]

Raft driving from the Dolomites to Venice through forests, rivers and a lagoon

The Dolomites mountain chain is part of the Alps and can be viewed from Venice on clear days. Those blue peaks are a couple of hours drive far from Venice and it is there where timber rafts [...]

Stained glass windows in Venice and Murano

Stained glass windows in the history of Venice Stained glass windows in Venice have been known since the end of the 13th century, after glass blowers moved their furnaces to Murano. Florence, [...]

Who founded Venice? The controversial origins of a city built in a lagoon

Who founded Venice is a challenging question. You will need patience, some scepticism and, believe it or not, some sense of humour, too. The foundation of Venice in the year 421 The legendary [...]

The revolutionary staircase at the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice

A Renaissance staircase in Venice The Renaissance staircase at the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista in the district of Santa Croce is a true, hidden jewel of Venice. Designed by Mauro [...]

Bridges in Venice and what makes them unique

Bridges in Venice are all unique and different from each other. The Rialto bridge Just consider the old Rialto bridge, a draw-bridge in wood as it shows in Vittore Carpaccio, the Miracle of the [...]

The southern Venice lagoon on a sailboat

The southern Venice lagoon, passing by the islands of Lido and Pellestrina all the way towards the fishing town of Chioggia, has a completely different flavour from what you see north of Venice. [...]

Cruising the northern lagoon of Venice

Cruising the lagoon of Venice evokes the dramatic events of 2019 when a cruise ship crashed against another ship docked at the Marittima port, or when a few weeks later one more of these sea [...]

Iron art works in Venice and their restoration

Iron is the name of a major side-walk in Venice, by the Rialto bridge: “riva del ferro”. This area is close to the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, the ancient warehouse of the Northern European merchants, [...]

Gondola builders in Venice: the courage of the Tramontin sisters

Gondola builders and the true icon of Venice Gondola builders: they are the ones that turned the gondola into the most iconic image of Venice. Is there still anybody that doesn’t connect it to [...]

Music on a Gondola: Boat Songs or Venetian Ballads

Music in Venice along the canals Music on a gondola? You visited Venice and discovered that gondoliers do not sing. Wondering if they ever did, or if it was a movie, or only in Las Vegas, right? [...]

Giudecca and Hériot’s villas among gardens and modern history

Giudecca and its industrial development Giudecca’s hidden beauty lies in its modernity. Located on the southern side of the canal leading to the tourist port, this island in Venice changed a lot [...]

When swimming in Venice was not a crime

Swimming in a city of water is useful Swimming in Venice has always been necessary. Galliccioli in his chronicles of the 18th century connected life longevity to constant exercise in the water [...]

Blackamoors in paintings, sculptures and jewels of Venice

Blackamoors and Diamonds Blackamoors appear on brooches only in the best jewellery shops in Venice, proudly featuring as pure Venetian tradition. Amidst gold, shining diamonds and precious [...]

A boat that helped create a miracle called Venice, the trabacolo

A boat as an icon of Venice A boat is for sure the most iconic thing you can imagine describing the city of Venice. I am sure you are thinking of a black lacquered, slow and silent gondola, [...]

Powder in Venice between status and theatrical subversion

A name for extra fine face powder Face or hair powder in Italian sounds “cipria”. The Italian word evokes the island of Cyprus where Venus, the goddess of love, came from. In Venice, Cyprus was [...]

The birds of the lagoon of Venice

I watch the birds migrating in the sky across the Venetian lagoon. In the horizon the Dolomites are all blue, just like in Titian’s paintings or Cima da Conegliano’s. I simply find it moving. And [...]