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Once upon a time in Venice

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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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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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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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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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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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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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: Wikimedia.org – Siege of Famagusta The surrender 50.000 dead (amongst the Ottomans) later,...
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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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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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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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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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red roses
It was a mild summer evening. A refreshing northern wind blew the muggy weather away. The silence was broken by the beautiful voice of the troubadour Tancredi who sang a song for the queen of his heart, Maria. The two of them had started to plan their future together, but their biggest obstacle was Tancredi’s...
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The Doge Pietro Tradonico left sated and well-disposed the church San Zaccaria. He crossed the portal, stepped out from the hardly illuminated church into the warm springtime sun that warmed and blinded him. The Campo* was filled with his subjects that tried to get a glimpse of the events and their Doge who was only...
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The city of Venice celebrates this year officially its 1600th birthday. It is said that Venice was founded on the 25th of March 421, but is this true? Just think about the date, the 25th of March: A symbolic day in the Christian Church. On this very day an angel visits Mary to announce: “Do...
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Get those prosecco glasses and let the cork fly: A Happy New Year to all of you! What did you say: I’m 2 months late? On the contrary! In Venice the New Year was celebrated till the end of the Republic in 1797 on the 1st of March. February was thus the last month of...
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A woman was lying in bed, her face was contorted by pain. She was not alone, a woman was sitting at her bed. Suddenly a shrill scream was breaking the silence of the room and the walls began to shake. It was not the voice of the woman, but the voice of a child. A...
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  •   Hat sehr großen Spaß gemacht. Für alle Fragen eine Antwort und gute Tipps.

    thumb Nina
    10/19/2021
  •   Beatrice hat es wunderbar geschafft sowohl uns als auch unseren Teenagern die Begeisterung für Venedig zu vermitteln und uns die spannenden historischen Hintergründe humorvoll zu vermitteln. Können wir herzlichst empfehlen!

    thumb Thomas
    10/19/2021
  •   Vielen Dank für die tolle Führung. Unsere 3 Kinder (18, 15 und 12) haben deine abwechslungsreiche und gut durchdachte Stadtführung in die versteckten Ecken mit dessen spannenden Geschichten sehr genossen. Wir werden Bea in unserem Kollegenkreis weiter empfehlen. Herzlichen Dank!

    thumb Michèle
    10/04/2021
  •   Wir haben Dank Beatrice sehr viel über Venedig erfahren!!

    thumb Waltraud
    9/10/2021
  •   Beatrice hat diese Tour überaus lebendig und ansprechend gestaltet. Sie kennt sich sehr gut aus und ging auf alle Fragen ein. Wir haben Ecken von Venedig kennengelernt, die wir alleine nicht entdeckt hätten. Besonders hat uns die bunte Mischung aus geschichtlichen, kulturellen und lokaltypischen Infos gefallen. Ein tiefer Einblick in die venezianische Seele. Kommunikation im Vorfeld war super, das Treffen reibungslos.
    Die Tour war sowohl für uns Erwachsene, als auch für unser 10-jähriges Kind spannend und informativ.
    Wir würden sofort wieder mit Beatrice Venedig entdecken.
    Alles Gute !

    thumb Andrea
    8/31/2021
  •   Unsere Tour mit Beatrice war sehr kurzweilig und informativ, mit vielen Geschichten und historischen Hintergründen. Ich kann diese Tour nur empfehlen.

    thumb Bernd
    8/25/2021
  •   Wir können Beatrice jedem nur empfehlen.Sie hat uns (Familie) einen sehr kurzweiligen Nachmittag bereitet und hat uns auch außerhalb der Tour tolle Tipps gegeben.Danke dafürhat viel Spaß gemacht!

    thumb Kristin
    8/25/2021
  •   Die Tour war absolut super! Mal eben 2-3 Ecken abgebogen und schon war man an ruhigen Gässchen, schönen Fassaden oder an schmalen Kanälen.

    thumb Thomas
    8/18/2021
  •   Spaßig, super freundlich, flexibel, viel gelernt! Beatrice weiß wirklich alles über Venedig - von der Entstehung der Stadt bis heute!

    thumb Manfred
    8/02/2021
  •   Wir haben mit unserem 8-jährigen Sohn an der Tour teilgenommen. Beatrice hat eine super Kombination hinbekommen, den Stadtspaziergang sowohl für uns Erwachsene wie auch für ein Kind spannend und kurzweilig zu gestalten. Die Zeit ist wie im Flug vergangen. Jederzeit gerne wieder.

    thumb Daria
    8/02/2021
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