Once upon a time in Venice

Es war der 20. Dezember 1577. Vier Tage vor Heiligabend. Die Glocken läuteten im Sturm. Alarm! Alarm! Rot leuchtende Rauchschwaden bedeckten bedrohlich den Himmel. Flammen züngelten aus dem Dogenpalast gen Himmel. Überall waren Menschen zu sehen, die versuchten den Brand in den Griff zu bekommen: Leitern wurden heran geschafft. Die Arsenalotti* begannen an den Leitern...
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christmas decorated mailbox under tree
The glass shattered. A hand grabbed into the showcase and pulled at the motionless body. The head, hidden inside a silver mask, came off and was left in the glass cabinet. The rest of the body was stuffed into a plastic bag before the two criminals left hastily the church of San Geremia. It was...
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Only the winged Saint Mark’s lion represents the Serenissima Republic and is thus all around the city, right? That’s actually not completely right. Venice was also represented as a young woman in her childbearing years. (Yes, this is a very important detail and I will tell you why.) Have a look with me at the...
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white ceramic statue of a woman
Antonio was born in 1757 in Possagno. After his father’s death he grew up with his grandfather Pasino Canova who was a sculptor and stonecutter. Pasino was also in the service of the noble Giovanni Falier. How butter can change your life According to tradition, one evening the noble Giovanni Falier organized a banquet for...
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zombie attack
She got up before sunset to go down to kitchen and prepare the dough for the bread that she would then bring to the baker. (Exactly, once many people couldn’t afford an oven and thus they made the dough at home and then brought it to the local baker “forner” to bake it.) She searched...
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concrete building beside river
He was laughing so much about the joke about his sisters that he fell from the seat and died: An „incredible and ironic“ end for one of the most biting writers of the 16th century who is buried in the cemetery of San Luca in Venice. (Today a residential building is standing on top of...
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galleon ship photo under the cloudy sky
Since the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Empire in 1453 the threat from the East became stronger and stronger. (Just think about the two sieges of Vienna in 1529 and 1683!) This constant conflict between East and West (Christianity and Islam) culminated in the biggest sea battle in history that was fought in 1571...
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green snake on brown tree branch
The sound of the pearls falling to the ground filled the room. Giovanni* bent down together with the lady whose necklace had broken to collect them. Their gaze met and Giovanni felt an electric shock driving through his body … it was love on first sight for him. Luisa Casati Source: Wikimedia – Luisa Casati...
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1464. The streets were empty. Only here and there a body was lying on the floor … stock-still. Smoke filled the air. Children were crying, people were wailing. The plague had another time entered the city. Not everywhere in Venice though. The citizens living close to the church Santa Maria Assunta were saved by miracle...
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photo of castle under clouds
The siege of the city had lasted nearly a year. 100.000 Ottoman soldiers kept the city of Famagusta (Cyprus*) one year under fire. On the other side 4.000 Venetian soldiers and about 3.000 civilians had searched for shelter in the city.** Source: – Siege of Famagusta The surrender 50.000 dead (amongst the Ottomans) later,...
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ancient metal pattern on stone surface
During the Austrian occupation in the 19th century, a young Venetian girl fell in love with an Austrian soldier. The two of them were very happy and started to make plans for their future together. But the girl’s family wasn’t very content about this “unpatriotic” union and tried to convince her not to get married...
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The oath Europe was afflicted more than 200 years by the plague when the Senat decided on the 8th September 1576 for the first time in the history of the city to swear an oath: A temple dedicated to Jesus Christ should be erected on the island Giudecca once the plague ceases. But that’s not...
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grey skulls piled on ground
Is there someone amongst you who didn’t arrive in Venice at the Santa Lucia train station? Once you leave the building and step out into the sun you are welcomed by the Grand Canal and the Church of San Simeon Piccolo on the other side of the canal. One of the most spectacular views in...
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silhouette photography of man at beach during sunset
Four men stood on Lido island at the waterfront looking at the lagoon. The Doge’s Palace rose majestically on the other side in the heart of the city. The goal was clear: Who would reach the Doge’s Palace, or more precisely the Ponte della Paglia*, first would win the swimming tournament. Ready, steady, go! The...
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The members of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco* discussed in the rooms of the brotherhood the works submitted by the different artists. They had planned to decorate the halls with a spectacular cycle of paintings and thus a request for proposals was published to find an artist for this important assignment. Paolo Veronese, Giuseppe...
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close up of tree against sky
She was all alone. Teseo, her beloved Teseo, had abandoned her on this island. The dangers that she had endured to safe her lover from her fathers’s feared maze, the death of her half-brother, the minotaur, the flight from her home, … What did she endure all these strains for? Ariadne fell asleep, tired and...
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nativity painting of people inside a dome
Paolo passed his days in the church of Saint Sebastian. He planned and painted. He put his heart into this project: His personal “Sixtine Chapel”. Paolo had just finished his last project in the Doge’s Palace, when this major project of the builder and prior Bernardo Torlioni, a fellow countryman, blew in. Church of Saint...
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  •   This tour is a "Hidden Gem" for the "Hidden Corners" of Venice. Beatrice is a passionate and learned tour guide that shared so many intriguing stories about life in Venice... read more

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    May 28, 2022
  •   Beatrice hat nicht nur eine sehr schöne Führung (prima Balance aus Sightseeing und Wissensvermittlung) gemacht sondern vorher und nachher viele weitere und sehr hilfreiche Tipps für den Venedigurlaub geliefert (und... read more

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