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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. Where does this delicious recipe come from? Bellini was born in Venice in 1948, on the occasion of an…

The Redentore Day

The Redentore Day is one of the few Venice holidays that Venetians really feel as their own. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of July. During the Saturday evening and Sunday , the areas of Giudecca island, San Marco Basin and Zattere…

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.In 1295, the Republic declared that all the Glass furnaces in Venice should move to Murano, in order to prevent fires in the city.

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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.

Venice Quarters: 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).
The house numbers refer to the local Sestiere and not to the street, so a typical Venetian address will be Cannaregio 3210 or Dorsoduro 2541. This system is very old, probably it was estabilished in 1169 for  taxation puroposes.

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, who was the first protector of the city.

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Burano the island of lace-making

Burano is no doubt the most colorful island in the lagoon of Venice, the facades of its houses are painted pink, blue, green, yellow, indigo.
The inhabitants decided to paint their houses to give fishermen a way to see their homes when they returned from fishing and fog enveloped the island. A very popular landmark, painted in a plethora of bright colors, is “Bepi’s house“.

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…

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