VeniceThings to do while in Venice are very numerous, from purely artistic and cultural aspects to the most beautiful experiences, you will be spoiled for choice. My intention is certainly not an exhaustive list of all the possibilities, but I will try to indicate some of the activities that I find most interesting, ranging from the most classic, for those with the limited time available for the more special for those who are still a few more days or for those returning.
1) the Palazzo Ducale. Whenever someone asks me what is the most important attraction in the whole city, which, ironically, if you were to come to Venice and you could do something, it would be, in my opinion, to choose from. Without hesitation, I answer: the Palazzo Ducale. There is the whole history of Venice, the sense of its political, commercial and social success, the perfect sum of its original architecture, an invaluable blend of its highest artistic expression. In particular, I advise you to do well, in addition to visiting the "normal", the so-called " secret roads ". I don't want to reveal what it is, but I can guarantee you will be surprised. Are you still there?
2) Church of the Frari. I will pass a heretic, but in my opinion the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa Assumption of the Franciscan Friars Minor (Venice for "Frari") is the most beautiful church in Venice, most of the Basilica of San Marco. I would probably be taking home for my statement, but it never will be because so many people (unlike the other), or for that sense of Franciscan austerities (against that other's oppressive opulence) , or the absolute masterpiece of red Titian who screams his violent from the main apse and hypnotizes you making you levitate at least the top of the Virgin pictured here, but personally I can't go to one side without a thrill of pleasure.
3) Palazzo Fortuny. The real name of the Palace was by Ca 'Pesaro Orfei, but since it was converted into a laboratory, then inhabited by the genius who came from Granada by the name of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, is known by all as "Palazzo Fortuny" (Do, emphasizing "u" ). How do you enter a dreamlike journey into the spiral of unbridled creativity, a kaleidoscope of lights and colors, fabrics and paintings, lamps and furniture that Gasparo Gozzi even in his city of boldest expression of fairy tale could have imagined. And that's not all the charm of the palace itself, the shows that you are organized cyclically are always of great interest. I curious? In case, don't forget to visit the Fortuny factory on the Giudecca.
4) Craft in Venice. When you think of the economic structure of the Serenissima, you inevitably think of trade. But we must not forget that next to the merchants, the backbone of everyday life in the city was the craftsman. Venice without the artisans would never become itself. With no little trouble trying to survive, even today, some realities on the basis of manual labor and automation increasingly stifled dall'incombere at all costs. I point out three, in my opinion particularly interesting: Dall'Era Laboratory , heirs to the ancient craft of stonemasons, to create real works of art from stone and marble (Cannaregio 2292 / E), Xavier Pastor Remer, built the oar and pitchforks (the oarlock of Venetian boats) (Dorsoduro 341), The Workshop, the handmade clothing and glass processing (Castello 3371 / A).
5) Venier Casino. The casinos are, despite the image evoked today, simply "little houses", ie isolated places where we can meet friends for a chat, eat and play cards. Often they were true literary salons, and just as often, find love. One located on the side of the Bareteri Bridge is a little gem that the curious visitor's must-see list shouldn't miss. Why? For this: go to number 4939, played at French Alliance (yes, the Venier Casino is ironically now occupied by compatriots of the man who put an end to the old Republic of Venice, but don't worry, these descendants are infinitely sweeter and more sympathetic to the famous emperor!) and ask to tell the story of the Casino. There is to pay a small donation for the upkeep of the site, but I assure you it's worth it.
6) San Lazzaro degli Armeni. Everyone wants to go to Murano and Burano, but I'll tell you: take the boat line 20, get off at San Lazzaro and be guided by a Mekhitarist to visit Monaco in the Armenian monastery. You will discover that Venice was never only the Venetians, but also of all the foreign communities who understood and loved, and participated in its size, from Dalmatians to Greeks, Albanians to Jews, until that precisely the Armenians, and in Venice led and kept their finest culture. And, at a walk, jam Vartanush, made from rose petals picked at dawn.
7) the routes visit an alternative of Venice . There is a Venice that the whole world knows, and has the face of San Marco, the Rialto Bridge and the gondolier in a striped shirt. There is also a Venice of which few have an idea, makes the true essence of the daily life of the people of yesterday and today, its hidden courtyards, its secret gardens, its unchanged trades. But she is a face you can see and understand only if accompanied by someone who knows her very well. Someone who is not jealous of his love and is ready to share his “Another Venice”.
8) Music in Venice. One of the most common stereotypes that believes in Venice in the evening there is nothing to do and that the city is deserted. Try to go one evening to Campo Santa Margherita, near the Rialto, may I say… This is in fact a good range of cultural activities, theater and music in the city, should be noted that some on the Euterpe muse: "Music at the Palace" to enjoy the Venice Opera Palace, ” Venice Jazz Club "With high quality live jazz music," Palazzetto Bru-Zane "Nineteenth-century romantic music in the magnificent setting of a nobleman's palace," New Foundation Theater “Contemporary music, theater and dancing for those who believe that true art knows no boundaries whatsoever.
9) House of Corto Maltese. “There are three places in the magical places of Venice… when the Venetians are tired of the powers that are going to be in these three secret places… and they go away forever to beautiful places and other stories. The magic of the adventures of Corto Maltese, the famous character created by Hugo Pratt, lives in a beautiful interior courtyard hidden not too far from the real home of Hugo Pratt Zanipolo Saint-Laurent.
10) Venice boat trip . No one can say that I really understood Venice without having ever lived by water. Here I suggest you then try at least one of these experiences in a rowing boat for the canals of Venice, from sailing north along the lagoon to discovering the islands, eco-tours by boat with electric motor , fishing trips on a real fishing trip. And please: hard benches!
11) Photo Archive La Gondola. Don't let the name fool you. The photography club, founded in 1948, has nothing tearful, nothing to do with the myriad of photos of Venice all the same you can find on the internet ... no, here it is part of the history of Italian photography, from neorealism to formalism to the most modern trends. Among its members: Gianni Gardin, Mario Giacomelli, Fulvio Roiter, Luigi Ghirri and Nino Migliori. La Giudecca.
12) Venetian cuisine. Buried by the tide of frozen foods and the taste of globalization (due to which you eat the same things you are in New York rather than Cairo or Hong Kong ...), Venetian cuisine mostly survives in the inner dimension of at home. Well, so how can we profit? There are people who organize home dinners in a private house in Venice. Don't miss the Venetian cooking classes: you shop at the Rialto Market, cook (and you will learn the recipes) and party!

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