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Venice: On a budget

Next to the Rialto Bridge you have the possibility to take a wonderful panorama shot of Venice – for free. Just head to the 4th floor of the new department store in the former Fondaco dei Tedeschi “Fondaco T”. Since a few weeks, due to the high request, you have to pre book your visit:...
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Venezia: San Pietro di Castello
Only a view visitors get lost „enough“ to finish here in San Pietro di Castello. Actually a pity, as the Basilica is really worth a visit; not only because of its very idyllic park, but also because of its history. The beginning When the city of Venice started to develop in the lagoon, San Pietro...
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Venezia - Murano: Santa Maria degli Angeli
Will we ever find out who the mysterious M.M. in Casanova’s “Mémoires” really was? The only thing we know for sure is that the beautiful nun lived in the convent of Santa Maria degli Angeli (Murano) when she wasn’t stealing away by night to see her lovers. The Church Santa Maria degli Angeli is one...
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Venezia: Madonna dell'Orto
„Don’t you have any respect for God’s holy places, oh Devil? You’re powerless against God’s justice and the faith of his people!” That’s what Isabella Contarini, during the consecration of the Church Madonna dell’Orto in 1366, said to the young mason Paolo Delle Masegne who worked together with his father (Jacobello) and his uncle (Pietro...
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Venezia: Campo del Ghetto Nuovo
The opening of the Ghetto In 1797, after the Serenissima had been conquered by Napoleon, the French “empereur” decreed the end of segregation and the equality of all citizens (Hebrews and Venetians), a decision that got legally binding in 1866 with the annexation of Venice by the Italian Reign. The holocaust monument and the Hebrew...
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Venezia - Murano: Santi Maria e Donato
„We won’t benefit from it? Neither will you!” thought the Muranesi (citizens of Murano) when they walled the barrel inside the Santi Maria e Donato Church and asked the Buranelli (citizens of Burano) to come and get it. Wait a minute. Why should they immure an empty cask? Well, said barrel was the “botasso de...
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Venezia: Vista dal ponte vicino alla casa di Marco Polo
Have you just had a look at the Rialto Bridge? Well, then you shouldn’t miss the Corte Seconda del Milion. Once arrived at the campo have a look around: You are standing in front of the property of the Polo family. Exactly! The family of the famous Venetian discoverer; and in a minute I’ll take...
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Venezia: Campiello dei Morti
Chances are that, during one of your walks through Venice, you already passed over the dead bodies of its former citizens. Before the construction of the cemetery island San Michele, the cemeteries in Venice were located in the very heart of the city. One of these campi or ancient cemeteries is located a stone’s throw...
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Venezia. Casa di Manuzio
After the invention of the mechanical movable type printing by the German Gutenberg, Venice got soon an important center of book printing. One of the most important and famous typographers in Venice was Aldo Manuzio, born in 1449/52 in Bassiano (Lazio), who invented the italic type and commissioned his colleague Francesco Griffo (Bologna) with its...
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Dorsoduro
The city of Venice offers fascinating architectural elements and an interesting history … but don’t miss to hear about its legends. One of those legends or horror stories takes place in Dorsoduro just next to the San Nicolò dei Mendicoli Church: A girl called Dorina had just left the Evensong when she realized that a...
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Venezia: Libreria senza commessa
One of the most original bookshop ideas in Venice is for sure Acqua Alta near Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its book stairway, but now I just discovered a new one near the Scuola Grande S. Giovanni Evangelista: a self service book-/antique shop. You might ask what’s so special about it, as all bookshops are...
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Venezia: Santa Maria Formosa - Vincenzo Cappello
One of the major and most beautiful Campi in Venice, near one of my favourite spots (the bookshop Acqua Alta), is for sure the Campo di Santa Maria Formosa with the homonymous church (latin „formosa“ = beautiful) built by the bishop Magno of Oderzo during the Langobard attacks in the VIIth century. According to a...
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Venezia: Ponte delle Tette
11.654. This number doesn’t refer to the palazzi in Venice or their chimneys, but to the number of courtesans that lived and worked in Venice in 1509. From Castelletto to San Cassiano The courtesans carried out their work near the Rialto bridge in an area called “Castelletto” but in the 15th century they were dislodged...
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Venezia: Teatrino di Parco Villa Groggia
The last time I observed a map of Venice to examine the northern part of Cannaregio, I noticed a tiny park in the surroundings of the church Sant’Alvise. I was curious and searched the park on the internet: actually this park was once part of a larger property (Palazzo Donà, destroyed in 1823) and you...
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Venezia: Chiesa dei Gesuiti
I love having a cultural walk through Venice in autumn when the weather is nice: This time I chose the Sestiere Cannaregio, thus the northern part of Venice, where you can also find the first Ghetto. In case you happen to be in the Strada Nuova (direction Saint Mark) at the Santi Apostoli Church, turn...
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Venezia: San Pantalon
I passed this church at least a dozen of times and never entered it as I always found its doors closed. So, one day, when I found its doors wide open, I decided to finally have a look inside and was astonished when I realized that the pompous interior has nothing to envy to the...
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Venezia Colorata
Welcome in Europe’s , and the world’s, first ghetto. Have a look at the Campo de Gheto Novo, maybe the one or the other is going to be able to discover the – hardly visible – hidden treasures in the palazzi that line the square: the synagogues. Well, for which reason was this enclave created...
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Venezia: Contarini dal Bòvolo
I recently thought about the best places in Venice that offer the possibility to take nice panorama shots and, amongst others, I remembered the Palazzo Contarini dal Bòvolo, one of the better known architectural masterpieces in the Venetian lagoon, only a stone’s throw away from Campo Manin. (Unfortunately, at the moment, the palazzo – and...
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Bosco di Carpenedo - Mestre: Farfalla
One of the most interesting (and last) parks in Mestre is certainly the Bosco di Carpenedo that you could discover during a bike tour. At the entrance you will be welcomed by volunteers that will provide you with information material and offer you a free guided tour (every hour in Italian). The gathering point is at...
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Venezia - Piazza San Marco: Leone di San Marco
One of the probably most underestimated monuments in Venice is the official symbol of the Serenissima: the lion of St Mark. The most recognized sources treating the origins of the lion of St Mark see in Jacopo da Varazze (XII century) THE man who convinced the Republic of Venice to choose the lion as its...
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    thumb Rebecca
    June 13, 2022
  •   Ich kann Beatrice herzlich empfehlen. Sie liebt Venedig, hat viel Wissen darüber und kann es bestens vermitteln, darüber hinaus in Ecken ohne Touristen.

    thumb Ivana
    June 8, 2022
  •   Es war eine sehr schöne Tour und Beatrix konnte wirklich auf jede Frage eine Antwort geben.

    thumb Annette
    May 28, 2022
  •   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

    thumb Ralph
    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

    thumb Jan
    May 15, 2022
  •   Beatrice hat uns sehr charmant , kenntnisreich und mit viel Liebe abseits der Touristenströme durch ihr Venedig geführt. Es war sehr interessant, kurzweilig und ausgewogen. Hervorragend waren die vielen kleinen... read more

    thumb Katrin
    May 15, 2022
  •   Es war eine sehr kurzweilige Führung. Wir haben viele interessante und auch überraschende Details über Venedig erfahren. Beatrice brennt für Venedig und das spürt man auch . Beim nächsten... read more

    thumb Michaela
    April 30, 2022
  •   Welch nette und informative Tour. Danke für all die Geschichten 🤩

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    April 30, 2022
  •   Hervorragende Tour! Beatrice kennt sich in der Stadt sehr gut aus, teilt viele spannende Anekdoten mit und gibt wunderbare Geheimtipps! Sehr zu empfehlen.

    thumb Pascal
    April 21, 2022
  •   Beatrice hat eine tolle Tour mit uns gemacht: sehr persönlich, mit allen Sinnen, lebendig und kreativ. Es fühlte sich an, als wenn wir eine Freundin besuchen, die uns ihre Stadt... read more

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    April 7, 2022
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