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Easyjet airline in Venice

easyjet vceEasyJet will open a base at Venice Marco Polo Airport starting from April 2016.
Since the early months of 2016 passengers departing from Venice can choose from 25 destinations, a greater number of options daily and especially new flights in the early morning dedicated to business traffic, to travel by day to the main Italian cities and European.
New destinations will be gradually operational by February and full capacity with the summer holidays.
Since February, you will fly to Edinburgh and Prague and from March will be able to fly in the day to Paris, Naples and Berlin, in addition to London, already connected with flights early in the morning. The investment as a whole will increase to 45% the number of weekly flights, while some destinations will focus on the growth of the daily flights: Paris to 6 daily flights between the two airports Charles de Gaulle and Orly, London, up to 6 flights a day to the three airports of Gatwick, Luton and Southend, Naples Capodichino up to 4 flights per day and Berlin Schoenefeld with two flights a day.
Dates back to 1998, the first flight of easyJet, Venice-London, which was followed by a steady growth of the flights that has enabled more than 11 million people to fly from Venice to all major Italian and European destinations at affordable prices.
The airport has set up a dedicated area for check- in and all the facilities to ensure speed the experience of travel, such as access to security gates dedicated ” fast track ” priority boarding ” Speedy Boarding ” and the opportunity to bring in a second cabin hand luggage the size of a purse or laptop , services available for those who have purchased a card easy Jet Flexi Plus or flexible rates .
With four Airbus aircraft based at the airport, EasyJet will increase its contribution to the local economy by providing 150 local jobs for pilots and cabin crew.
Venice has for some time been a key network point for easyJet, having operated flights into and out of the city since 1998. The airline has increased the number of passengers carried by an average rate of 15% per year over the last five years.  easyJet currently flies to Venice from 15 primary airports across Europe – such as London Gatwick, Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle – and is the largest airline at Marco Polo Airport.
As well as being a world famous tourist destination the region is Italy’s third largest economy and 28% of easyJet’s 1.6 million passengers on flights to and from Venice are travelling on business.
This will be further enhanced when aircraft are based at the airport as business travellers will be able to benefit from early morning departures. 

Venetian windows

 

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When you visit Venice you should look at the city from different perspectives.
First of all walking : you don’t realize how many steps you do, how many bridges you cross, you just walk  through the little streets called “calli” meeting a lot of “campi” (little squares) surrounded by buildings  full of life and history!
Try to have a look to the different windows of the Venetians buildings , there are such different types .
Windows located in the narrow calli facing other palaces seems they try  to get more light as possible .
During the night the windows have a protection from the light  called “scuri” (shutter).
Along the Grand Canal you can enjoy the most beautiful palaces with different kind of windows .
The search of  light is also evident on the regularity of the palaces, those who designed the profiles of the city with the finesse of a lace.
In Venice, the windows face everywhere from rooftops, bordering water, open into any wall that offers promising exposure .
Often, especially in tiny building , their distribution on the facades is so irregular that it seems the negation of any logical: instead the logic is always there, and respects the irregularities inside the houses.
The windows of the buildings, the canals or in the fields, are explosions of light, they seem to capture sunrises and sunsets for transmission inside, on stucco walls, painted ceilings, terrazzo floors, lacquered doors, carved furniture.

VENICE MARCO POLO AND TREVISO CANOVA AIRPORT

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Venice Marco Polo Airport is located on the mainland 8.0 kilometres; 4.9 miles north of the city in the small frazione of Tessera.
Due to the importance of Venice as a leisure destination it features flights to European metropolitan areas as well as some partly seasonal long-haul routes to the United States and the Middle East.
On 2014  8,475,188 passengers passed through the airport.
A modern terminal was opened in 2002, but it is already at full capacity.
It handles all scheduled and charter flights, including some long-haul flight
to North America, the Middle East, and Asia.
There is another airport located in the Venice area, Treviso Airport   which is sometimes labelled as Venice-Treviso and mostly serves low-cost airlines.
Treviso Canova Airport  is  located 3.0 km; 1.8 mi  west-southwest of  and approximately 31 km (19 mi) away from the city of  Venice. It is mainly used by low-cost airlines.
Some airlines refer to the airport as “Venice-Treviso” or similar despite its actual name – however, the main international airport of Venice is Venice Marco Polo Airport  .
The new terminal was opened in 2007. It was named after Antonio Canova  a famous Italian sculptor.
The Venice Airport System, that includes Venice and Treviso, registered over 10.7 million passengers in year 2014, confirming its position of third italian system after Rome and Milan.
From Venice Airport you can reach Venice City by  land tsxo or by watertaxi along the lagoon , from Treviso Airport only by land up to the car terminal of Venice Piazzale Roma.

Venice prays for all victims

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Venice 18 november 2015

Candle for Valeria Solesin in Piazza San Marco in Venice About 7000 small lights for Valeria.

A sea of ​​people illuminated Piazza San Marco almost like day. Almost as if the darkness hope can only come from the community.
Venice wanted to remember  Valeria SOLESIN, the 28-year old student who died in the terrorist attacks that have bloodied Paris on the november 13th .
A great silence thousands of people each with a candle in hand, with the heart and mind a thought of peace for Valerie and for all the victims of terrorism.

21 november Madonna della Salute Festivity

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The Festa della Salute is probably the least “touristy”, and evokes a real popular religious sentiment. In 1630 the disease plague strikes again as the doge of Venice makes a vow to build a church called the Salute, asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary to end pestilence. The project was entrusted to the young architect Baldassarre Longhena. His project responded perfectly to the grandeur the Serenissima wanted: a church that exalted the Holy Virgin and the Republic at the same time. The basilica was consecrated in 1687. To date, 21 November, thousands of people cross the votive bridge of boats and go on a pilgrimage to thechurch of Health to pay homage to the Madonna and to light a candle to intercede for their health. On this day, thousands of people parading in front of the main altar of the imposing Salute Church to perpetuate the long-standing tradition of giving thanks to the city and the Virgin Mary .
The Castradina, very tasty dish made with mutton, is the dish that is used to consume in Venice on the day of Health.

11 november : The festival of St Martin in Venice

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On the 11th November in  Venice you may encounter groups of kids hitting pots and pans to celebrate St Martin.
The festival of St. Martin is very important in Venice and has a long tradition.
The cult of this saint is in fact very old, since the church itself was actually founded in the eighth century, perhaps by refugees from the city of Ravenna, where the cult was followed.
In ancient times it was customary on St. Martin’s Day to eat and drink seasonal products, such as chestnuts and wine, but then it became a party related to children who, like the English-speaking peers on Halloween, went around looking for treats.
Unfortunately it is a tradition that is disappearing, but nowadays on 11thNovember you can still meet children around Venice with paper crowns on their heads making a lot of noise beating pots and pans with wooden spoons and counting on the generosity and friendliness of shopkeepers to give them a little bit of money.
In addition, bakers display delicious ‘San Martini’ biscuits and cakes made of short crust pastry, covered in icing, chocolate and sweets and representing the Saint on horseback as he prepares to cut the coat to be offered to the poor man. But also Venetian mothers cook it for their children and friends…

 

The Gondola

gondolaThe gondola is the most well-known boat in the world: even people who have never been to Venice can immediately recognize its unique shape, the metal bow decoration and for the distinctive Venetian rowing style.

Like all the other lagoon boats the gondola has a flat bottom which allows it to float in very shallow water. The most important characteristic of the gondola is its longitudinal asymmetry: the keel is not straight but curves towards the right so that the gondola lists to the right. This counterbalances the push of the single oar which would tend to direct the boat to the left.

But how was the gondola ‘born’? There was no inventor nor designer: the boat that we see gliding in the Venetian canals was developed through the centuries with gradual and imperceptible variations.

Some curious facts: the gondola weighs about 400 kg, is built using eight different types of wood : elm,mahogany,fir,larch, oak,cherry,walnut, linden

Before being used exclusively for tourism, the gondola made use of a removable cabin called a felse for use in the winter or during the night. It came with a door and sliding windows with Venetian blinds and curtains, a mirror and a charcoal burner. The felse was used to protect the passengers from the cold and from prying eyesThe degree of curvature is based on the weight of the gondolier.