Veneto Off The Beaten Path

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Veneto Off The Beaten Path

  • Back Street Canals

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    The Schiavoni is Venetian name for Slav inhabitants, who had become so numerous and influential by the end of the 15th century that they could afford to built "Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni", by the side of the church San Giovanni di Malta. Scuola (confraternity house) or meeting house of Dalmatian immigrants is situated in Fondamenta...

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  • The hidden little gems of the town

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    The bust of Felice Cavallotti, 1842-1898, stands on the wall in the passage of Scaliger palace. He was Italian politician, poet and dramatic. In 1860 and 1866 he faught with the Garibaldi Corps. Cavalotti was killed on the 6th of March 1898 in a duel with Count Macola, editor of the conservative Gazetta di Venezia, whom he had assailed with...

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  • Le Mura di Padova

    Padova Off The Beaten Path

    For the most part Sam and I focused on the remains of the defensive walls near the park Giardini dell’Arena. These walls were built partly during the ancient Roman era, the only traces to survive are those incorporated into the foundations of certain palazzi. The route of this wall corresponded to a meander of the river Medoacus (now the Brenta...

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  • Piazza della Vittoria – Monumento Ai...

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    On the place where Piazza della Vittoria stands today, used to be the biggest palace in Treviso built by Bressa family. The palace was demolished in 1824 and 100 years later, the King Vittorio Emanuele III inaugurated here a monument dedicated to the Venetian wars heroes: "Monumento ai caduti". Made in stone and bronze, the monument presents an...

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  • Isola Burano

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    The second stop on our cruise was the island of Burano, which is located about 8 km north of Venice. If Murano is known all around the world for its glass production, Burano is almost as famous for its lace. Around 4,000 people live on this tiny island, which is also famous for its brightly painted houses. To this day, fishing and lacemaking remain...

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  • Giardino Giusti

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    We found this walking to Castel San Pietro. You can walk in and see the "renaissance garden" open up to you. Even if you do not want to pay the 5 euro or so to see it, you can get a peek of the beautifully sculpted gardens. If you choose to see the entire gardens, including a great view of Verona, it is is a worthwhile stop. This is especially...

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  • Villa Badoer Fattoretto

    Padova Off The Beaten Path

    Originally built in 1518 bu Giacomo Badoer, it was restored. In 1711 the gardens were added by Bernadino Badoer. Over the years ownership to many people/groups, but was owned a long time by Carlo DeChantal family. It became a hospital in 1945 for the Germans, and used by also as a quarters for its luxury and space. Ulderico Fatteoretto purchased...

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  • Barchesse di Villa Albrizzi

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    Barchessa (barn) is an farm service building typical in the architecture of the Venetian villa, and almost always were placed on both sides of the manor. Such barns were characterized by portico and intended to services: from the kitchen and homes of the peasants to stables and outbuildings (storage). Generally, the barchessa (usually there were...

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  • Campos

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    This large and open Campo is my favorite. It changes character throughout the day. It is open with some benches and a few trees. It is surrounded by cafes’ and residences. It is a wonderful place to take a load off and watch Venice drift by. I especially like it at night. There is music in one of the cafes’ sometimes and it seems to be part of...

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  • Lago di Garda & surroundings of the town

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    Riva di Garda is the town on the very north-end of Lago di Garda / Gardasee and there you will see this great castle Arco built on a perfect place high above the valley, and almost un-accessible and protected by steep rocks. From Riva di Garda on the trafic was quite high and stop-and-go for more than 1 hour, maybe also for the fact that it was...

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  • Piazza Capitaniato

    Padova Off The Beaten Path

    We sat down on a bench and had a good look at the amazing building surrounding the Piazza Capitaniato. On the east side of the square we saw the back side of the famous clock tower Torre dell'Orologio and the Carrara Palace, which now is home of the municipal offices. On the south side we overlooked the headquarters of the Department of Education...

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  • Torre del Visdomino

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    Torre del Visdomino, in Via Cornarotta, is the third of surviving medieval family towers which can be seen in Treviso. This tower is lower than the other two and has a very massive structure so that more resembles to a fortress. This tower is also known as Torre Cornarotta, after the eponymous family who were the owners of it. Later on, in the 16th...

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  • Scala Contarini del Bovolo

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    Scala del Bovolo literally translated means "snail-shell stairway". The marvelous open stairway is the reason for the Contarini family palace to be called Palazzo Contarini dal Bovolo. The palace itself, designed by Giovanni Candi, was built in 15th and 16th centuries and it is mostly Gothic in style. However, the stairway tower designed probably...

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  • The hills around the town

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    Just couldn't resist not to take the picture of this abandoned Villa which is lined on the Castle S. Pietro. As it is all "dressed" in green it looks very charming and beautiful. Too bad it is in such a bad conditions. It has just perfect position and spectacular view on the old core of the town. Who knows why the owner is treating the porperty in...

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  • Villa Albrizzi - Franchetti

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    Between the 17th and 18th century the Albrizzi, wealthy merchants inscribed in the Golden Book of the Venetian aristocracy, built this villa which facing the access road to the nucleus of San Trovaso - Preganziol. The central building of the villa is akin to Venetian house, with no particular stylistic qualities. There are two large barns...

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  • Churches

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    The Chiesa di Santo Stefano is actually at the northside of Campo Santo Stefano. the church is built in the 13th century, rebuilt in the 14th century and last modified in th 15th century. It is built in a gothic style. What immidiately catches your eye when you are on Campo Sant'Angelo is the fact that the tower is quite crooked. So who needs...

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  • The churches & the cloisters

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    The large square in front of the railway station (more of a parking lot actually) is called the Piazzale XXV Aprile, named after the 25th of April 1945 , which is celebrated as the day of liberation from the fascists at the end of the Second World War. The church at the opposite side is called the Tempio Votivo. It was built as a result of a vow...

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  • Vila Manfrin - Margherita

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    The Venetian Villa Manfrin is located in the suburbs of Treviso called Sant'Artemio. This villa, built in the neo-Classical style, is a typical aristocratic structure by which their owner is showing his political power and wealth. Villa was built between 1775 and 1783 for client Girolamo Manfrin and designed by the Venetian architect Giannantonio...

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  • Isola Murano

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    We were scammed. Marco Polo pulled a switch, sending us an inferior vase to the one we purchased--similar but obviously not the one (I took pictures.) So we payed $2500 for maybe a $500 factory second or copy. Response from them? Oh sure. Amex is trying to help but not too reassuring. Seems no return policy is sacred in Italy. I would never buy...

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  • The Roman remains

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    Some of my friends, when visiting Verona, couldn't find the location of Porta Borsari. In fact, it looks like hidden in the structure of the newly build houses that are surrounding it. You can't miss it approaching from the direction of Castelvecchio, by Corso Cavour street. Porta Borsari is Roman Gate from 41-54 d.c., you can approach to it from...

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  • Parco Villa Margherita

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    Parco Villa Margherita is a favorite gathering place and picnic area for citizens of Treviso, especially in the spring and summer months. The park is located in the northern suburbs of Treviso, along a local road that leads to Conegliano. The park can be reached on foot or by car but locals prefer to go there on their bikes. Almost every weekend...

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  • Ghetto

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    Th Ghetto area really dates from 1516, when the Ghetto Nuovo became the Jewish quarter of Venice (and it is the Venetian ghetto which originally gave the word to the rest of the world). At night, the area was sealed off by gates and guarded. In the daytime Jews could wander freely, but had to wear badges and/or caps to show their race. You can...

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  • Suggestions - what to do & what to see

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    Parco Natura Viva is a very extensive zoo. It consists practically in two sections. One is a kind of zoo safari park. You must enter this on your own car. Here you could see lions, giraffes, gazelles and lots of other animals. The other part of this zoo is Parco faunistico. Lots of species of animals from every continent are hosted here. Here you...

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  • Universita' di Treviso- University

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    It is said that the first references about the establishment of a faculty in Treviso are dating from 1231 when a medicine schools was opened. The today headquarters of Treviso University stands on Riviera Garibaldi, on the place where the hospital Santa Maria dei Battuti once stood. In the last years the structure was bought, refurbished and...

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  • Lido di Venezia

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    After seeing the similarities between Venice and Murano, I was expecting something alike in Lido. What a surprise! Lido is a modern continental neighbourhood, more Mestre than Venice. Even the unique monument I could see in the island was modern and absolutely different from Venice. Built after WW1 this temple is clearly seen when we approach...

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  • Chiesa di San Gaetano

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    Located in the heart of the city, it is said that San Gaetano is one of the smallest churches in Treviso. Built at the beginning of the XIII century, from the old church left today only some frescoes from the Romanic times. At the beginning of XIV century, the Gerosolimitani (Malta knights) took the church and changed its name into "San Giovanni...

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  • Other Islands

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    SANT' ERASMO This was one of those 'accidental finds' I was looking for 'cheap' accommodation for my last 2 nights in Venice. Il Lato Azzurro came within my budget, but I wasn't sure where Sant Erasmo was. There wasn't too much information about this island (which made it more intriguing) As soon as I'd checked it out, I realised that I was going...

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  • Villa Volpi

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    Actually, I couldn't find any useful informations about this magnificent villa, situated in Preganziol, lacality on a local road in between Treviso and Mestre. Right now, it is under major reconstruction works and since private property, public visitings are not allowed. Accordint to its style, it must be 17-19 century structure, as many other...

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  • Tourist Spots Still!

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    Generally the streets are dominated by a church or palace that draw all the visitor's attention. In the centre of the square, discreet, there is always a well. Why? Signing the ancient struggle for potable water, the wells are a presence of history, reminding us the difficulty to get fresh water, when you're surrounded by... water.

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  • Porta Fra' Giocondo

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    A more recent entry point to the ancient town, Porta Fra' Giocondo is connecting the northern part of Treviso with Piazza San Francesco and its architectural jewels through Via Sant'Antonio da Padova.

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  • Arsenale

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    The quay east of San Marco is a quiet and open space to walk, with the gorgeous views of St Giorgio Magiore, Salute and Giudeca in the opposite islands. Statues and palaces line the walkway that ends near Arsenale and St Helen’s island.

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  • Istituto Diocesano di Musica

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    Important religious and cultural institutions are placed in the surroundings of Saint Nicholas church. Seminario Vescovile is also housing among others the Seminary Library with 150,000 books, the Zoological Museum Giuseppe Scarpa with 2,500 preserved animals, the Ethnological Museum "Grossa" of Venezuelan Indians with object of this old...

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  • Isola Torcello

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    The last stop on our cruise was Torcello. It is believed that this island was the very first island in the lagoon to be populated, probably around the 5th century A.D. It once had a population of over 10,000 people and was considered the most important island in terms of economic and religious significance. However, around the 12th century, part of...

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  • Isola di San Michele

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    If you have a couple of hours to spare take the vaporetto 4.1 or 4.2 and go to the Monumental cemetery of Venice on the San Michele island. Several famous people are buried here, and it is an interesting place to visit. We found Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Diaghilev, Ezra Pound, Emilio Vedova and more. The cemetery is still in use.

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  • Villafranca di Verona

    In the Middle Ages Villafranca recieved the privilege of a tax free town (villa franca) from which derived the name of the town. Villafranca di Verona has important place in the national history of Italy, it is remembered for the Treaty of Villafranca which concluded the Second Italian Independence War. It has large military castle, built in 1199...

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  • Marostica

    Marostica excisted before Roman times, the presence of the Paleoveneti in the area is attested by the necropoli Angarano in nearby Bassano. This small town in the Province of Vicenza has long and rich history and is a must see. Marostica has important strategic position and therefore it was military post eversince the Roman times onwards.The best...

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  • Villa Pisani

    There are number of villas in Veneto Region commissioned by the patrician Pisani family of Venice and all of them share the same name, however, for most Italians name of Villa Pisani refers to a large late Baroque villa at Stra near Padova.The villa was comissioned in the early 18th century by Alvise Pisani who was appointed doge in 1735. The...

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  • Villa Barchessa Valmarana

    Villa Valmarana was destroyed but its monumental twin service buildings called barchesse still excist.

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  • Villa Wildman Rezzonico Foscari

    Villa Wildman Rezzonico Foscari, previously Seriman, is one of the rare villas open for the public visitors. An elegant small country house of Lombard rococo was rebuilt on the same site in the early 18th century by the Serimans. The estate includes extensive gardens adorned with statues and large chapel. There are aslo nice service buildings using...

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  • Villa Contarini Pisani, Villa Foscarini...

    - Villa Contarini Pisani, also called Dei Leoni, dates from 1558 and the stone on its facade commemorates the sojourn here by Henry III of France. The frescoes by Tiepolo has been removed in 1893 and now to be found in the Jacquemart-Andre Museum in Paris.- Villa Foscarini Rossi is located at Stra, first village on the road after departing Padova....

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  • Villa Mocenigo, Gradenigo, Moscheni...

    - Villa Saccaro-Andreuzzi-Bon is imposing 17th century palace which dominate the old town centre of Dolo. It has strong classical lines in its front facade adorned by Ionic pilasters.- Villa Moscheni Volpi at the location of Mira is relativelly small palace but complete in all its parts. Its facades need to be restaurated.- Villa Mocenigo is...

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  • Antico squero

    Brenta Canal is fitted with a system of locks and swing bridges to make it easy to navigate. The gates at Dolo are installed on a small picturesque island complex that includes old water mills and the boatyards. Those who have already visited Venice could learn that "squero" is a word for boatyards and are part of Venice tourist attraction,...

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  • Cittadella

    Cittadella is very attractive small town in the vicinity of Padova. It was built in the medieval times as an military outpost in a defense system of Padova. The whole historic centre is fortified with a very well preserved city walls. The fortress was built in polugonal shape with a diameter of around 500 meters. The walls are 16 meters tall and...

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  • Vittorio Veneto

    Vittorio Veneto isn't place you will meet along the highway or seeing it from the road in a distance, it is place which has to be planned in your itinerary. Though, it is not very far from A27 but you can reach it only by the local road.This small but attractive town has importance in the memory of Italians, some very decisive battles against the...

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  • Soave

    Castello di Soave is also called Rocca Scaligera, it used to be very important eastern stronghold of Verona during rule of della Scala family. It is typical military artifact of the Medieval age, and still today maintained its original medieval structure. Its present form dates from 1369 during rule of Cansignorio della Scala.The historic centre of...

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