South from Dorsoduoro
A promenade runs most of the way along Dorsoduoro and is a good place (the only place?) for a more or less straight* and uncrowded stroll in the central area. Plus, of course the open views to Giudecca and other islands.
* With loads of bridges, of course.
Strange position for the 4th Bridge
In my opinion the construction of Calatrava's Bridge is not so useful. The fourth Bridge is placed not far from Scalzi's Bridge, the Grand Canal is long about 3,8 km and I think other zones needed a bridge more than Piazzale Roma... btw, the bridge has a style which - imho - doesn't combine a lot with Venice... If you want to see how Venice will be with the fourth point, just Click here!
Turner in Focus
In my junior year of college I took a semester of modern art, and learned to love the pictures of the impressionists - Renoir, Van Gogh and especially Turner.
Seeing the Grand Canal in person was like having a Turner painting come into focus These are the five pictures I took which I think are most likely to become a Turner painting.
Origins of Italian Cafes
In 1585 the Venetian ambassador to Istanbul told the Senate that the Turkish were drinking a hot black drink, made by a seed called Kahve and that people had diffuculty in falling asleep after drinking this beverage. This seed was brought back to Venice and in 1638 it was roasted, ground and sold at an expensive price from a special caffè shop which was located directly under the Procuratie. In a short time the caffè shops opened all of the city and by the end of the next century there were 24 such caffè's in St.Mark's Square alone. These caffè's soon became the favorite place among intellectuals to meet and drink coffee. Gambling, another favorite past time of the Venetian nobility also went on in the caffè's.
The popularity of these places grew more and more, and in 1720 one of the most elegant: "Caffè alla Venezia trionfante" opened it's doors. This Caffè of the Triumphant Venice was a popular meeting point for both foreign and national high society. Such notables as Carlo Goldoni, the brothers Gozzi and Antonio Canova often spent many hours in this caffè. The caffè's first owner was Floriano Francesconi and therefore the caffè was affectionately called "Florian". In 1775 G. Quadri decided to open a new caffè shop in front of the Florian on the opposite side of the Square and promised to serve only real Turkish Café. For a long time the shop had a bad reputation, driving the owner to near bankruptcy, but in 1830 the nobility recognized the Caffè Quadri as having fine service and quality coffee and it's reputation for quality remains today.
Painting the Basilica di San Marco
This is a painter sitting on the St Marks Square and painting the Basilica. I can't paint, and you can't see the painting clearly on this picture. But what I can do is try to paint a picture for you with my photographs of the Basilica di San Marco in these Local Custom tips. Maybe having these photos at Local Custom Tips sounds a bit strange. But this category used to be called Cultural tips, so at time it made perfect sense to put these photos here.