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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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Carnevale: Volo dell'Angelo
El paron de casa. The landlord. That’s the affectionate nickname that Venetians use when referring to the belltower that dominates Saint Mark’s Square and the Venetian cityscape. The belltower had actually different functions during the history of the Serenissima: lighthouse – visible from the sea at distance of 42km/26,09 miles belltower – regulating the Venetian...
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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: Sotoportego de la Madona
Numerous artworks remember the important intermediary role of Venice during the peace negotiations between Pope Alexander III and Frederick I. Barbarossa, but did you know that the pope lived at first unrecognized in the city? The first night in Venice It’s under the sotoportego de la Madona that the legendary pope is said to have...
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Venezia: Fuochi d'artificio
Some ideas to celbrate the New Year in the city on the water: in the disco, with a romantic dinner, on board of a ship … Cenone di San Silvestro in Barca: New Year’s Eve Dinner on the water Can you imagine something more spectacular than a dinner on board of a ship, cruising through the...
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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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  •   Bea hat uns zwei zauberhafte Stunden beschert, in denen wir Venedig auf versteckten Pfaden noch besser kennengelernt und verstanden haben, obwohl wir schon mehrmals dort waren. Sehr angenehm und jederzeit gerne wieder! :-)

    thumb Mathias
    10/21/2020
  •   Bea hat uns nicht nur die versteckten Ecken von Venedig gezeigt, sondern auch lebendig gemacht. Wir haben die Tour sehr genossen

    thumb Hanne
    10/16/2020
  •   Unsere Entdeckungstour war total interessant und hat verschiedene, neue Erkenntnisse gebracht. Beatrice hat uns alles sehr sympathisch erzählt und ist auch auf unsere speziellen Wünsche eingegangen.
    Es war eine wirkliche Entdeckung für Venedig und sehr empfehlenswert.

    thumb Barbara
    10/05/2020
  •   Beatrice hat uns pünktlich am vereinbarten Ort empfangen. Sie kennt sich in Venedig super aus und zeigte uns die versteckten Ecken, schmückte auch bestimmte highlights mit anschaulichen Geschichten aus. Beatrice legte auch Wert auf Besonderheiten die nicht unbedingt im Reiseführer stehen. Eine perfekte Tour mit einem sehr angenehmen tour guide, jederzeit in der Lage auch geschichtliche Hintergründe zu erläutern. Diese Tour mit Beatrice können wir nur empfehlen.

    thumb Gerhard
    9/21/2020
  •   Der Stadtrundgang mit Bea war für uns etwas ganz Besonderes. Bei unserem ersten Besuch in Venedig hat uns Bea an ganz spezielle Plätze und Orte geführt, die wir alleine niemals gefunden hätten. Dabei hat Sie uns mit ihrer offenen und herzlichen Art und mit ihrem profunden Fachwissen wirklich begeistert. In den zwei kurzweiligen Stunden haben wir sehr viel über die wundervolle Stadt, ihre Geschichte und ihre Menschen gehört. Man merkt Bea mit jedem Wort an, wie sehr ihr die Stadt am Herzen liegt.
    Ein Stadtrundgang mit Bea ist unbedingt zu empfehlen und ein großes Erlebnis!
    Axel und Alexandra

    thumb Axel
    9/15/2020
  •   Beatrice führte uns durch ein wunderschönes, packendes Venedig abseits der üblichen Touristen Trampelpfade. Es war ein besonderes Erlebnis. Herausragend sind auch ihre Kenntnisse die sehr breit gefächert sind. Egal ob es um das Leben der Venezianer von heute, von vor 300, 600 oder 1000 Jahre geht, ob es um geschichtliche oder kunsthistorische Dinge geht. Beatrice weiß Bescheid. Ich kann eine Tour mit Beatrice jedem empfehlen, der etwas mehr über Venedig wissen will, der sich nicht mit den Infos aus Reiseführern zufrieden geben mag.

    thumb Christian
    9/14/2020
  •   Beatrice war super sympathisch und freundlich. Wir haben Ecken von Venedig entdeckt, die wir so nie gesehen hätten. Absolute Empfehlung und beim nächsten Venedig-Besuch melden wir uns wieder für eine Tour :-)

    thumb Rafael
    9/14/2020
  •   Beatrice ist eine äußerst symphathische und lebhafte Reiseleiterin. Sie versteht es mit viel Grundwissen hinterlegt ihre eigene Begeisterung über Venedig auf die Teilnehmer überspringen zu lassen. Die Führung war ein besonderes Erlebnis und wir empfehlen sie wärmstens weiter!

    thumb Susann
    9/01/2020
  •   Beatrice ist eine sympathische, professionelle Guide, die die Tour mit viel Herz und Engagement durchgeführt hat. Ich habe neben den üblichen Spots, "Geheimecken" gesehen und interessante Insider-Geschichten erfahren. Die teilnehmenden Kinder wurden schön eingebunden ... Der Preis liegt über dem Durchschnitt; ist aber verdient ;-) Ich würde jederzeit wieder eine Tour mit ihr machen.

    thumb Angela
    8/17/2020
  •   Die Tour war wirklich toll. Allein hätten wir sicher nicht in diese tollen kleinen Gassen Venedigs gefunden, auch abseits der touristischen Pfade. Es blieb nicht eine Frage von Beatrice unbeantwortet. Wir erfuhren viel geschichtliches über die Stadt, wie die Menschen hier Leben und erhielten weitere Tips, was wir uns noch anschauen können.

    thumb Katharina
    8/17/2020

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