#58 A vote of thanksgiving

Venice - motorboat with church of Salute in the background, black and white photo
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• In 1630, as a votive offering for the city’s deliverance from the pestilence, the government of the Serenissima Republic of Venice decided to build a church dedicated to Our Lady of Health. The project was entrusted to the architect … Continue reading

#57 Once upon a time….

Venice - little girl playing with rope in an alley, color landscape photo
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• ….there was a city where kids were playing around “calli and campielli”, running up and down bridges; squares were easily turned into soccer fields, with cackling children running after a ball amid greengrocer kiosks and busy passers-by. I forgot … Continue reading

#56 A tale of curse and blessing

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• As always at this time of year, the flow of tourists begins (thanks god!) to shrink and Venice regains, at least for some time, a less chaotic and noisy appearance. Venetians regain possession of their city starting again to go … Continue reading

#55 The sound of silence

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• It takes few steps to get away from the noisy crush of tourists in S. Marco and Rialto and rediscover the charming venetian atmosphere we all know very well, made of silence and sound of footsteps in the distance. … Continue reading

#54 The dark side of the lagoon

Venice - skyline of Porto Marghera at sunset, color landscape photo
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• All of sudden in the backlight of a fairytale sunset in the enchanted lagoon of Venice, a very different profile from that of palaces and bridges appears to the astonished visitor…….. ⇒ Visit Imaginevenice.com

#53 Books and boats

Venice - gondola used as bookshelf inside a bookstore, color landscape photo
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• Where else can you find a gondola turned into a bookshelf if not in the city that used to be for centuries the world capital of book printing? If you find yourself in Venice and one of your interests … Continue reading

#51 Il Canalazzo

Venice - Grand Canal palaces, black and white landscape photo
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• Grand Canal, Canal Grande or, as locals still call it nowadays, “il Canalazzo”. The famous waterway was once the commercial highway of Venice; ships coming from all major ports of the Mediterranean, loaded with spices from far East and other precious … Continue reading

#50 A colorful jewel

Venice - red colorful house in Burano island, color portrait photo
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• Like, I imagine, all those who visit Burano, I have often wondered about the reasons for its brightly colored houses, and the explanation seems to lie mostly in a legend. Here's how it, seemingly, went: the village was painted … Continue reading

#49 Out of time

Venice - Bridge and colorful houses of Burano island, color landscape photo
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• For those who have come to Venice in the past and remember the tranquility of visiting the city in those times, then the island of Burano is definitely the right place where to seek for some peace out of … Continue reading