Venice History

The old secrets of Venice

The city of Venice is well known all over the world as the city on water, but also a city full of history that still today you can learn through its buildings. In this section of Venice history, we have enclosed the most important things of the territory so that you may have a look before arriving.

There are some news about the local food such “cicchetti”, local recipes and much more, the gondola which still today enchant many people, the local festivities which take place during the year, the typical name of the streets and some hints on the venetian buildings, the Jewish Ghetto as one of the best area in the city, as well as other very interesting and useful infos that any people should have a look before coming over so that he/she might be prepared of all the things to view and where they are located.



gondola in venice

Venetian Traditions Forcola is the oarlock on a gondola, the object used to driving a boat with the oar. It is made with a unique piece of walnut wood, customized on the size and on the preferences of each gondolier. Every venetian boat has a particular model of forcola. The forcola is undoubt a very

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doge palace

Charm, mystery and history The Doge Palace is an extraordinary masterpiece of Gothic art in the heart of St. Mark’s Square. It consists of three bodies that have previous constructions: the wing towards the Basin of St. Mark’s (with the Hall of Great Council) is the oldest and its restoration was in 1340; the wing

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marghera venice

There was a Sea Marghera Venice is a town belonging to the City Hall of Venice located on the mainland about five kilometers from Venice and easily accessible by all public transport. Before the residential neighborhoods and the port were built, the town was mainly made up of swamps and salt marshes. The toponym of

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venice history

First invasions Venice History. According to some studies, people who settled down in the venetian lagoon probably came from Asiago and from the hills od Padua and Vicenza. The first buildings were built with straw and mud with a sloping roof (the famous casoni). The fishermen and peasants’ life was very simple and monotonous –

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vogalonga

Revival of Venetian rowing traditions November 11, 1974 – in order to draw the attention of the progressive deterioration of the city, a group of friends organized a race today known as Vogalonga to live again the ancient Venetian traditions. These are, in fact, the years of the total decay of the lagoon and the

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sensa venice

Devotion of the Venetians Sensa Venice takes place in Venice on the Ascension Day of Jesus Christ. In fact, Sensa comes from the Venetian dialect which means “Ascension”. In past centuries, it represented an important social and political role for the city of Venice that recalled the events of Doge Pietro Orseolo II° of 09

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spritz venice

Osterie and Bacari It was drunk by our fathers and our grandfathers in the famous wine bars in Venice, Padua and Trieste that all claim paternity rights to the spritz. Nowadays, it has become fashionable with a much-awaited moment that coincides with the end of a long and stressful day of work or study. This

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venetian festival

Venice in feast Venetian Festival. On the third Sunday of July is celebrated the Redentore Festival, a very important occasion for the Venetians. On Saturday night takes place a majestic fireworks display with its lights and reflections illuminating the basin of St. Mark’s and the Giudecca Canal. Since the early afternoon all the venetians with

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venice food

Typical dishes of Venice food THE CUISINE OF VENICE The flavour and taste of the venice food come from the city islands which, in ancient times, mixed its ingredients and aromas with those of the Mainland – as well as from the attainment of traveling experiences with the East. However, the original remains faithful to

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carnival venice history

Origins of Venetian Carnival The Carnival Venice history has ancient history when the Doge Vitale Falier evokes it in a document of 1094 – when the government of the Serenissima gave to the humblest classes of the population a short period of fun and festivities. However, the first official document of 1296 issued by the

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venetian gardens

Dating back to ancient times The city is full of canals, narrow streets (Calli) and historic buildings that are intertwine with each other as well as full of green areas and gardens Venice hidden behind the facades of the buildings. The tradition of Venetian gardens dates back to ancient times when, in case of war,

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fortified place

Defensive system of the lagoon Fortified Place. The Lagoon is a complex of fortifications built by the Serenissima and other various empires: (French, Austrian, Kingdom of Italy) in order to protect the city as well as the Venetian lagoon. In 810, the lagoon was the main safeguard of Venice with the new power center of

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courtesans venice

Lust Venice at the time of the Venetian Republic was known as the most libertine city in the world. The pleasure-seeking atmosphere breathed during the many festivals celebrated throughout the year to capture the imagination of all those who were forced to live moralistic impositions of their governments. Many tourists came to town with the

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gondola history

Simply unique Gondola history as a unique, inimitable and fascinating boat dating back to 1094. Only in the ‘800, the gondola acquires the current shape for a greater manoeuvrability and visibility to the gondolier. Until the last years of 800, the hull was not painted but pitched with calafati (ancient art to clean and stagnate

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food sold in the bacari of venice

Millenary tradition Cicchetti Venice consist of an appetizer consumed in the morning rush between a stop and the other associated with an “ombra” (glass of wine) at a “bacaro” typical and simple Venetian Osteria from its furnishings which offers a wide range of wines, food and snacks. The term bacaro, comes from “far bàcara” a

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salute venice

Beautiful Church Salute Venice “Madonna della Salute” is a Basilica in Venice built near Punta della Dogana which is projected onto the Basin of San Marco and the Grand Canal. A masterpiece of Venetian baroque architecture, was designed by the architect Baldassare Longhena from 1631 to 1681 as a votive offering to the Madonna by

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venice street

Identification Perhaps not everyone knows that during the days of the Serenissima Republic, the official language used for legal documents, administrative as well as for literary works was the Venetian dialect, still in use not only in Venice but also in the mainland. Many of the bizarre names that appear in the rectangles on every

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marble paper

Ebru Technique Marble Paper. The marbled paper got to us through the silk route; it was known in China since the third century but it seemed that its appearance was first in Japan in the twelfth century where the technique was coined with the name “Suminagashi. The technique “Ebru” (cloudy) arrived from Turkey to be

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barbacani venice

Made of wooden beams or stone It is interesting to know and explore the ancient history of Venice, not only through the classic tourist routes but also through mysteries, curiosities, secret places, sculptures and capitals leaning out. Barbacani Venice is an architectural structure used to recover living space without reducing the one available for the

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cà dario venice

Chilling curse Palazzo Cà Dario Venice is one of the most beautiful buildings overlooking the Grand Canal on which hangs since ancient times a chilling curse, the unwary owners are likely to end up on the streets or die of a violent death. The building has a lot of colored marbles that decorate the facade

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jewish ghetto venice

The Confinement The Jewish Ghetto Venice is located in the Cannaregio district, where there is also the seat of the Venetian Jewish Community. The Ghetto was the area where the Venetian Jews were forced to reside during the period of the Venetian Republic. The first installations of Jews in the Veneto region date back to

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