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  • Murano Glass: One Island, Many Crafts

    Related Tours Murano, Burano, Torcello When you speak about “Murano Glass” you are actually referring to a wide variety of products: everything from micro-beads to huge chandeliers. In 1291 the Venetian government made an important decision regarding glass production: all glass furnaces in the city had to be moved to the island of Murano. In…
  • Beyond the Biennale: What to visit in Venice this Autumn

    Related Tours Contemporary art in Venice On the 13th of May 2017, the 57th Venice Biennale opened to the public. This year’s edition, entitled “Viva Arte Viva”, is accompanied by several other major exhibitions dedicated to modern and contemporary art. If you decided to avoid the frenzy of the opening weeks and the heat of…
  • The Venetian Lion Explained

    Related Tours Venice 101Off the beaten path When visiting Venice, it is hard not to notice the many lions adorning the doors and facades of the buildings, especially around Saint Mark’s Square. Let’s take a closer look at this symbol of Venice to discover some of the lesser-known aspects of the history of the Serenissima.…
  • The synagogues in the Jewish Ghetto of Venice

    Related Tours Jewish Venice 2016 was an important year for the Jewish community of Venice: it marked the 5th centenary of the ghetto of the city, established on the 29th of March, 1516. Exhibitions, symposiums and scholarly books and articles accompanied the commemorations, as well as restoration projects of the Jewish Museum and the synagogues.…
  • Coffee in Venice

    Related Tours Venice 101Food and wine tours When you sip a cup of coffee in Venice, you are drinking in the very history of this beverage. No matter whether you are seated in one of the luxury cafés in Saint Mark's Square or standing at the counter of a tiny bar: you are in the…
  • A History of the National Pavilions at the Venice Biennale

    Related Tours Contemporary art in Venice Every two years, the Venice Biennale is dedicated to contemporary architecture, but the 29 national pavilions in the Giardini are themselves a type of permanent architecture exhibition, a collection of buildings representing different periods and styles from all over the world. Let's take a tour around the Giardini to…
  • A Mall with a History: the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice

    Related Tours Venice 101Boat tour On October 1st, 2016, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice reopened to the public after a long closure and a much-discussed restoration. Now a luxury shopping mall, in the previous centuries the building was used by the customs agency, the fiscal police, and finally the post office. But what was…
  • Let’s celebrate (with a) Bellini!

    Related Tours Food and wine toursMuseums and Churches "Very old, but still the best in painting”: with these words, the German artist Albrecht Durer praised his Venetian colleague Giovanni Bellini in 1506. Bellini would die ten years later, around the age of 85, on the 29th of November 1516, almost exactly five centuries ago. He…
  • The true colors of Burano

    Related Tours Murano, Burano, Torcello The first eye-catching sight in Burano is the variety of colors used to decorate its houses: it's as if a schizophrenic painter dropped random bucketfuls of paint, with all possible hues and variations, over the buildings. There's only one vaporetto stop in Burano and it faces the main street leading…
  • Crossing the Venetian Lagoon

    Related Tours Boat tourMurano, Burano, Torcello It's early morning on the Fondamenta Nòve, Venice's northern waterfront, and the large motonave is warming up its engine while waiting for the last tourist to get on. We are heading north, toward the dream island of Burano. We manage to find an external seat, on the stern side.…