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.

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.

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

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.

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.