Italia magazine Venice 2019

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United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
6 期号



Captivating Venice – La Serenissima – is, without doubt, one of Italy’s most romantic, intriguing and historic cities, which is why I’m delighted to welcome you to this new guide, packed with essential travel advice and inspiration to help you organise your next visit to the city and the spectacular Veneto region that lies beyond. Whether you’re a seasoned visitor or a first-timer, taking a weekend break or a longer tour; this informative guide has all you’ll need for your perfect stay. Let’s begin with Venice and the lagoon, immersing ourselves in its history, sights and culture. We will then head off to the wider region of Veneto and further afield, with day trips, getaways and off-the-beaten-track itineraries for you to enjoy, whatever the season. I know you’ll find plenty of…

48 hours at the venice carnival

A friend told me that it’s both the best and the worst time to visit Venice. I now understand what he meant. I can physically hear Venice groan. It’s groaning under the weight of the crowds. I wonder if, like an elevator, there is a human weight limit to the city? After all, beneath the stone and concrete, I’m standing on nothing more than millions of wooden piles embedded in successive layers of mud. Of course, while it’s common knowledge that Venice is sinking – at a rate that depends upon which particular study you happen to agree with or read – the suggestion that the weight of tourism is somehow to blame has been largely, albeit not entirely, discredited. JOINING THE CROWD Venice receives up to an estimated 20 million visitors…

the women of venice

Against a deep blue sky covered with fluffy clouds stands a beautiful voluptuous woman with golden locks, elegantly dressed in ivory and gold and wearing a pearl necklace with matching earrings. She stands on the clouds between the two towers of the Arsenale (a complex of former shipyards and armouries) while being crowned with laurel by the personification of Victory. At her feet are other personifications – Peace, Honour and Happiness – and on the balcony and lower below more figures are lifting their heads up to admire her. The woman in question is Venice, or rather her personification, in a stunning painting by the great artist Veronese – The Apotheosis of Venice – which you can admire in the Great Council Chamber in the Doge’s Palace. In the same palace,…

secret garden near the grand canal

When you’ve been out and about all day, following in the footsteps of these redoubtable women of Venice, somewhere peaceful and out-of-the-way is a must to recharge your batteries. So step off the tourist trail and head to the northern district of Cannaregio, a vibrant residential quarter threaded with quiet canals. Tucked away on Calle Priuli is the beautiful 16th-century Palazzo Abadessa offering elegant hospitality in 13 sumptuously restored rooms and suites. Owned by the same family for almost 40 years, this 4-star residenza d’epoca is close to the Ca’ d’Oro vaporetto stop and ideally placed for Rialto Market, Saint Mark’s Square and other notable city landmarks. It’s less than a minute’s walk from Strada Nuova, the main thoroughfare through Cannaregio and about five minutes on foot from the Rialto…


Opposite the Rialto fish market, two giant hands emerged from the waters and touch against the Ca’ Sagredo. Were they bracing the hotel, or reaching up to destroy it? The installation was the work of contemporary sculptor Lorenzo Quinn (son of the actor Anthony Quinn). Entitled Support, it was meant as a statement on climate change and the effect rising waters are having on the city. The work was commissioned for Biennale Arte 2017 and remained here until the city-wide art exhibition closed on November the 26th. “I wanted to sculpt what is considered the hardest and most technically challenging part of the human body. The hand holds so much power – the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy,” explained the artist.…

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THE GONDOLA Though it is now recognized the world over as of the typical boat Venice, the gondola is in fact one of many classes of vessel developed in La Serenissima… Rowing in Venice is done standing up, because the waters of Venice can be very shallow in places and you need to be able to see what you are rowing in. The other matter, other than the safety of your oars and the arms attached to them, is being able to see other traffic, of which there has always been plenty in Venice. Today there are some 400 gondolas in the city, most of them in the tourist trade, but there used to be more. And gondolas weren’t the only types of boats in Venice. The caorlina is another typically Venetian boat,…