M9 the New Multimedia Museum in Mestre Venezia

Immerse yourself in a multimedia experience to visit the past, understand the present and conjure up the future.

The Fondazione di Venezia has given the city, Italy and the world a national museum so that the Italian people may get to know the century that most contributed to forging their modern identity in the conviction that knowledge is an indispensable starting point from which to design an individual and collective future.
Italy previously had no such museum.
By conceiving and creating the Museum of the 20th century (M9), the Fondazione di Venezia fills this gap and creates a place where Italians can not only rediscover where they come from but also understand how their rich but contradictory past helps build the future.
For Italy, perhaps more so than for other countries, the 20th century was that of the greatest contradictions: rapid and previously unthinkable improvements in the living conditions and wellbeing of the population occurred alongside huge tragedies such as the most destructive wars in historic memory and unprecedented economic recessions.
These developments and the devastation impacted profoundly on Italy’s living conditions, habits and culture well into the 21st century.
An area of 10,000 m² for a Mestre that is open and innovative because this too creates culture: offering  a shared space that is accessible to all and environmentally sustainable.
The design comprises a mix of functions, spaces and services that form a place of international appeal.
Featuring the widespread adoption of new communication, mobility, energy-efficiency and environmental technologies, M9 provides innovative services that will improve local quality of life.

 

Text taken from M9 website 

 

Hidden Jewels of Venice

Scala Contarini del Bovolo : the spiral staircase most impressive and valuable in Venice
During the late fifteenth century, important overall renovation works updated the complex architectures to meet the modern Renaissance taste with the construction of the loggia and of the graceful spiral staircase known as “bovolo” (venetian word that means “snail”).
These major structural modifications were commissioned by Pietro Contarini who became the owner of the palazzo in 1489 and apparently entrusted the works to a local artisan named Giovanni Candi.
The alterations to the inner courtyard with the introduction of loggias also date to that same period.
This sequence of layered loggias is the element creating a connection between the tower and the adjacent building – a four-floor plus ground floor palazzo resulting from the union of two originally separate edifices: a trapezoidal building set around a central courtyard (the oldest part of the complex), and the rectangular-plan building that was added to it later.
Traces of the older Gothic architecture are still visible both on the outside and the inside of the edifice: on the side facing Saint Mark there are visible portions of a lavish floral decoration, while the main façade overlooking Rio di San Luca still preserves the pristine late-Gothic appearance.

 

 

Text taken from official website

 

29 oct 2018 Exceptional High Tide in Venice

The maximum level was reached around 15:00 , just below the 160 cm expected.
After which the tide began to flow slowly, with the next peak announced for one o’clock at night, to 140 centimeters.
In Venice, the high water began to create inconveniences from the early hours of Monday morning.
San Marco did not even serve the walkways to facilitate transit: shortly after 13, in fact, local police officers began to block access, because the water level was too high and there was a danger of I float.
The only way to pass, therefore, was to plunge into the water, rubber boots on the feet. Later, in some places, this was not possible either.
A few minutes before 15.00 the Centro Maree of the Municipality registered 156 centimeters at Punta della Salute and 142 at Diga Lido.
Touched the 144 at Burano and 138 at Chioggia.
Exceptional record-breaking tide?
It was the fourth highest exceptional tide ever.
The highest level ever reached since 1923 was in 1966 with the historic “aqua granda” of November 4, when the level reached 194 centimeters. Thirteen years later, on December 22, 1979, the figure of 166.

Dolomites -Unesco World Heritage

Formed 200 million years ago from primordial seas, today these fascinating mountains rise more than 3,000m tall toward the sky. The Dolomites are named after French geologist Deodat de Dolomieu (1750 – 1801), who first identified the unique composition of the rock. On 26 June 2009 the Dolomites became a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site for their monumental and unique beauty. The majestic Dolomite mountains offer a breathtaking setting for your winter holiday.

The Dolomites offer diverse landscapes and shapes, a fact which the National Parks express in all their splendour. Magic around every corner, emotions everywhere.

As with many sporting firsts the adventurers were not numerous when they took to exploring the mountains on what were little more than flat wooden boards, but the pull of the mountains and the natural formation of the Dolomites snowy slopes was strong.
It took but a few years for the  foundation of the first Ski Club in 1903 at Cortina D’Ampezzo and the first ski race followed in 1905 in Alpe de Siusi. So was laid the base for the development of tourism in the Dolomite valleys. And then there was no holding back: the first tour round the Sellaronda massif lasting more than 2 days was completed by the young adventurer from Meran, Peter Böttl, in 1912. Soon to become of an international standing as winter sports destinations were the very elegant Cortina d’Ampezzo, Corvara and Selva Gardena, all achieving a certain acclaim by the thirties. Examples of sporting endeavour and keenness to accept a challenge are commonplace in these Dolomite valleys.

We can go back and cite the legendary Cesco Kostner of Corvara, who already back in 1933 won the “Gigantissimo” on Marmolada and went on to found the first ski school in Corvara in 1934. For we valley folk no mountain is too high and no task too difficult to be accomplished. In 1956 Cortina D’Ampezzo was the natural host to the Olympic Winter Games and, in part thanks to the media exposure, became the exclusive tourist destination that it remains to this day. And as for achievements just think of .the 10 hotels in Selva back in 1900 which catered for English and Austrian guests principally and which went on to develop into important international hotel destinations of choice. When speaking of uphill lift systems we have to think of the first chair-lift built by Erich Kostner, which ran on cables supported by wooden pylons, through to the large scale development in the fifties and sixties.

For your transfer to the Dolomites contact us : info@lowcostaxi.net

 

CERTIFICATE of EXCELLENCE 2017 TRIPADVISOR

We  are proud to announce that we have received the prestigious TripAdvisor Award for Excellence, that we take very seriously and have worked hard to obtain.

A huge thank you goes out from us to all of you today who have taken the time, over the last year or so, to review us honestly about your experience  with us, without you this would have been impossible, thanks!

GRAZIE FROM ALL OF US !

 

 

 

Venice The Basilica of San Marco on the 2-euro coins

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The first new coinage of 2017 dedicated to Venice.
In a few days, in fact, the Mint (ZECCA) will issue a new 2-euro coin, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the completion of the San Marco Basilica.
The two euro will be released in the coming days. On the new coin depicts the main facade of the Basilica and see two dates, 1617 and 2017, the bottom will show “San Marco”.
A two-euro coin to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the end of the construction of one of the most famous churches in the world.
Made for Mint State by Luciana De Simoni will be the first minting of the numismatic collection in 2017 the Ministry of Economy.
On the right, the initials of the author, LDS, ie Luciana De Simoni.
Above, instead, “Venice” and “R”, the identifier of the Mint of Rome.
Venice becomes the first city to be depicted on the 2 euro.
Until now the currency had been dedicated to the great figures and events, the Winter Olympics in Turin, Bocaccio, Cavour. February 3, at the World Money Fair in Berlin (one of the most important events in the world numismatists) the new currency will be presented with a box for collectors always made from the Mint.

UNESCO receives the Mayor of Venice

FullSizeRenderParis, 24 January -The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, received the Mayor of Venice, Mr. Luigi Brugnaro, at UNESCO Headquarters, in the presence of representatives of the Italian government, to discuss the protection of the city of Venice and its Lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

The discussion focused on measures taken by the Italian authorities and the Municipality of Venice to ensure the long-term protection of the site. The meeting of the World Heritage Committee in July 2016 made a number of recommendations and asked that Italy report on its actions before 1 February 2017.

The Italian authorities reaffirmed their total commitment to respond to the concerns raised by the World Heritage Committee in July 2016 regarding the preservation of the city of Venice. This commitment resulted in the adoption of a new “Pact for Venice”, signed on 26 November last, planning for the investment of some 457 million Euros in preservation initiatives in the city and its lagoon over the next four years. In addition, as part of the National Strategic Plan for the Development of Tourism presented by the Ministry of Cultural Activities and Tourism on 16 December last, the objective of which is to put sustainable tourism at the center of national policies, a specific pilot action is planned to monitor and manage tourist flows in Venice.

The bilateral meeting between the Director-General and the Mayor was followed by working meetings to explore various aspects of the management of the World Heritage site.

From Unesco Website Press

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…

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/