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A dolphin in the Venice Lagoon

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A dolphin in Venice lagoon is not a great news, but that remains to swim seemingly quiet for an entire afternoon in the busy area full of boats  is not normal!

Luca Mizzan, the head of #MSNVenezia (Natural History Museum of Venice), marine biologist, was left alone with the dolphin and, always careful not to disturb him, accompanied him until almost at the harbor mouth. He was  breathing regularly with diving compatible with a hunting behavior. Then disappeared …

We hoped he got back into the sea … but this morning has reappeared in St. Mark’s basin. Seems quiet, hope is good. Maybe we’re worrying more than  him …. we hope so!

But we continue to follow him carefully…

VINEYARDS TOURS IN THE PROSECCO HILLS

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Explore the breathtaking hills and “borghi” (villages) of the Prosecco area, completely covered by vineyards: this is the home of the most famous Italian sparkling white wine.
Here vineyards are producing  Prosecco since 1542, you will have the chance to experience the Prosecco terroir from different perspectives. They will guide you through the natural characteristics of the area, the Prosecco wine making process and tasting in a very special location: a hilltop overlooking their most precious vineyard of Cartizze, the most important Cru of Prosecco.
With such beauty in your heart, have lunch at one of our selected excellent restaurants.
Then you can  take a walk to explore the surroundings. For example, visit the nearby suggestive Abbey of Follina built in 1170 or the magical Molinetto della Croda (Watermill set in the Rock).

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10 APRIL 2016 : SU e ZO per i PONTI of VENICE

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“Up and Down the Bridges” is a walk in Venice involving all participants – young people, adults, families, school parties and sport groups – in a stroll through the Venice calli (alleys), all together in the name of friendship and solidarity. Every year the money raised from the event, after expenses, is donated to charity. This year they will  support the Salesian mission of Damascus in Syria, a significant Salesian presence in a nation plagued by five years of civil war. The Salesian community of Damascus represents one of the 18 houses of the Salesian Province of the Middle East also including Holy Land, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and Turkey, in addition to Syria.
The attendance to this walk has always been very high in all its editions: from a minimum of 1.750 participants on the first edition to a maximum of 19.250 on the seventh one.
Over the years many folk groups and music bands joined the event.
Every year 10 to 12,000 people take part in this exciting day which couldn’t take place without the help of 600 volunteers working at the refreshment points and along the race route itself.
The Municipality of Venice considers “Up and Down the Bridges one of the most important events in the annual Venetian calendar, just like traditional celebrations such as the “Festa del Redentore” (The Saviour), the Historical Regatta (Boat Race), the Carnival of Venice or the Venice Marathon.
Local authorities, private companies, banks and enterprises, thanks to their help and their funding, nurture this event to make it the success it has become in the city of Venice.

For other informations : http://www.suezo.it/en/

Happy Birthday Venice !

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Today Venice turns 1595 !
The legend says that March 25, year 421 is the date of the mythical foundation of the lagoon city, set to become one of the most important cities of Europe and the capital of an authoritative Republic with its own flag, territory, currency and laws. To the same year is connected the construction of the church of San Giacomo di Rialto, known to the Venetians as San Giacometo, traditionally considered one of the oldest of the city.
Happy Birthday Venice !

11 march 2016 : inauguration of the first accessible dock for gondolas in Venice

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11 march 2016: Opens the first dock  wheelchair-accessible landing place to allow people with disabilities to comfortably get on and off a gondola, according to a press release from nonprofit organization Gondolas4ALL, which launched the endeavor in 2012. The platform allows a person to board directly and without exiting his or her wheelchair.
Previously, wheelchair users would either need to be helped out of their wheelchairs or lifted in their wheelchairs to board a gondola.
Visitors will be able to book reservations online, create a private profile, choose a path of interest and pick a day and time for their trips. For more information, visit Gondolas4ALL’s website and Facebook page.
For an accessibility map of Venice, head here.

08 march Woman’s day : Elena Cornaro Piscopia the first woman to graduate in the world

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Today, March 8 we want to remember the first woman to receive an academic degree from an university:
Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia was born in Venice, in a noble family, June 5, 1646, the fifth daughter of Giovanni Battista Piscopia San Marco procuratore, a lover of literature and the sciences.
House Cornaro was a meeting place for scholars and scientists.
Her father  favored in every way education, at nineteen she took her vows as a Benedictine oblate continuing her studies of philosophy, theology, greek, Latin, Hebrew and Spanish.
The great-grandfather of Helena, Giacomo Alvise, had been linked to Galileo Galilei by a deep friendship; his library, inherited from John the Baptist and attended by Elena for her studies, gathered numerous scientific works inspired Galilean
She is remembered as the first female graduate from University in the world.
Now familiar to scholars of the time, starting from 1669 was welcomed in some of the major academies of the time.
When the father asked that Elena could get a  degree in theology at the University of Padua, Cardinal Gregorio Barbarigo was strongly opposed as they believed “a blunder” that a woman could become a “doctor.”
It finally came in 1678: a 32 year Elena gets, finally, his degree.
They granted it to her, though, in philosophy, not theology. She could not, as a woman, exercise teaching.
Six years later she died in Padua for a serious illness.

Murano Glass : together to defend tourists from scams

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Consumers Association, Veneto Region and Consorzio Promovetro together to defend tourists from scams on Murano Glass

The numbers speak for themselves: 80% of the products sold in the shops of Venice as Murano glass, are made outside of the Venice lagoon island.
To pay for this illegal conduct are simultaneously producers and, of course, consumers, especially tourists, who are not aware of the only legally recognised mark Vetro Artistico® Murano for Murano glass products.

Thus here is an innovative awareness campaign promoted by Adiconsum, the Veneto Region and the Consortium Promovetro targeted to tourists who will visit Venice in the spring. “Guerrilla marketing” is the strategy adopeted: a young Venetians team will run the streets proposing to tourists a very special picture: in fact, two of them will be wearing the image of a Murano glass work with the trademark and the words “Born in Murano”. All photos will be published on Promovetro’s Facebook page. The photographed tourists will be invited to share it on their social profiles. Everyone will also receive an informative leaflet in 8 languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese) in order to guide them in aware purchase of Murano Glass and protect them from scams.

“For us – explains Valter Rigobon, general secretary of Adiconsum Veneto – this is a new attempt to increase consumer’s awareness and defend our productions. We opted for this form because very modern, original and compatible with the latest means of communication. Our actors will be in Venice for a month and we are sure we’ll be able to give wide diffusione to the mark.

“Only a quarter of the productiv chain – says Luciano Gambaro, Chairman Promovetro Consortium Murano – is in the island. It is important to inform tourists and combat counterfeit: Tourist Protected launches a direct and strong message to the consumer”.

The initiative starts Thursday, March 3 and lasts four weeks every day for several hours a day.
It will take place in the main points of Venice and can be followed in the Facebook page of MuranoGlass.com

(article  from  http://www.promovetro.com/en )

The Venice Ghetto 1516-2016 : 500 years anniversary

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It was 29 March 1516. The Serenissima had just ordered that seven hundred or so Jews (of both Italian and German origin) be enclosed in a small isolated area of the city that had once been the site of a foundry. An unhealthy area, it was near the prisons and the monastery of San Girolamo (whose monks were responsible for the burial of executed criminals). Thus the first ghetto in history came into being. The etymology of the name that was to become sadly synonymous with segregation continues to be a matter of debate among scholars.
Some say it derives from the German word gitter (iron grill), from the Hebrew word get (divorce) or again from the German gasse (alleyway). However, the most widely accepted theory is that the word comes from the Venetian verb getar, to smelt.
When the island of the Ghetto Novo was allocated for the Jews of German and Italian origin who had made up the first wave of immigrants, it was already partially inhabited. But the tenants were forced to move out and rents were put up by a third. Gateways were erected on the bridges over Rio San Girolamo and Rio del Ghetto, and the gatekeepers responsible for shutting them at night had to be paid for by the community itself, while other watchmen patrolled the surrounding canals in boats.
During the first few years of the ghetto’s existence the status of the so called nazione todesca (German nation) was clearly defined. Under the direct and exacting control of the Cattaver (Venetian magistrates responsible for the recovery of hidden wealth that was held to be public property), they were required to run the ghetto loan banks and pay a heavy annual tax. Strazzaria (dealing in second-hand cloth and clothing) and general trade in second-hand objects were the only other business activities allowed them, except for the medical profession and the lucky few jobs in printing Hebrew texts.
The arrival of Napoleon’s troops and the demolition of the ghetto gateways in July 1797 marked the end of segregation. Even with the arrival of the Austrians after the treaty of Campo Formio the Jews were no longer obliged to live within an enclosed area of the city: they were permitted to own land, practise the liberal professions, join the army, attend public schools, work as state employees and belong to cultural institutions.
The age of emancipation saw the Jews playing a leading part in the Risorgimento. The community supplied not only considerable financial backing but also some of the government ministers for Daniele Manin’s Repubblica Veneta – men like Isacco Pesaro, Jacopo Treves and Leone Pincherle. The spiritual leader of the Venice community, Rabbi Lattes, actually exhorted Jews to join the Guardia Civica.
After the Veneto had been annexed to the Kingdom of Italy in 1866 the story of the Jews in the city was similar to that of communities throughout the country. By the end of the 19th century many families were living outside the ghetto, which had, however, remained the centre of the community’s life (there were a kindergarten, a school, a Cuore e Concordia club, an old people’s home and a bakery for unleavened bread)

Information of the Museum:  http://www.museoebraico.it/english/informazioni.html

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