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    The fonts of Venice

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 4, 2015

    From today's perspective it is difficult to imagine that once households in the cities had no running water. As a child I was in a mountain village in Bosnia where there was no water supply and the water and the household supplied water from several wells, and this was everyday and very laborious task for family members.
    Water supply in the former Venice depended on the public wells that existed in each square or open space in the city. Of course that every wealthy house had its own well, only for their own use. Public wells were built by churches, city government and private donors. Wells are spread all over the city and can be noticed that that a good part, of those which survived, are identical or very similar, as if they were built in the one workshop. Those are wells built by the city authorities. Construction of wells that differ from the usual pattern was financed by donors.

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    Street performance

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 8, 2014

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    Hmmm, it looks to me like a hard way to earn some pockett money. This young and very attractive local student-girl, standing on the stilts, is showing the way to one of the Venetian galleries. As she told me, the money is good but the job is very exhausted.
    Another way of earning money, not less exhausted and not excusevelly Venetian patent, is to perform the living statue. It looks like a kind of penitence to me, standing for hours under the sun immovably, gosh, I couldn't do it.
    A group of students, dressed in baroque or rococo uniforms, will walk over Piazza San Marco in a hot summer evening to remind the tourists at the coming carnival in February.
    In all that will fit well even the musicians from Peru, dressed in Indian costume, which in front of the terminal Santa Lucia performed soulful music from the Andes.

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    Water front entrances

    by croisbeauty Written Nov 2, 2014

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    At the time of greatest prosperity of the Republic of Venice, in the late Middle Ages, it was a matter of prestige to live in the city of Venice and preferably have a palace or house overlooking the Grand Canal. Along the Grand Canal are located only the luxurious palaces of the Venetian aristocracy or wealthy merchants, and just a few churches. In this area there was no room for the poor, they lived here only as servants in wealthy homes.
    Rich houses were built so that their residents have entrances on the water and on land, but the main entrance was always on the water side. Life on the water has its advantages, especially in the city as it was medieval Venice, but also have serious of weaknesses. During storm surges and high tides entrance to the house from the water side is impossible and it is equally impossible to live on the ground floor of the building.

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    brod-dućan

    by croisbeauty Written Oct 26, 2014

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    Dorsoduro is definitely the most picturesque part of Venice, a city in the city which was largely abandoned by its population. Indigenous inhabitants of Venice permanently migrated to the mainland, where the living conditions are much better and more comfortable. Center of Venice is almost vacant because most of palaces and houses is too expensive to maintain and uncomfortable for living. In addition, center does not have a stores with food, fruits and vegetables.
    In contrast, Dorsoduro and its residents still resist, and this is best seen by existing small shops but also by the market-boats that supplies people with fresh vegetables and fruits.

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    Venetian laundry days

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 26, 2014

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    Most of this pictures has been taken in the Sestieres of Castello and Cannaregio, a bit out of major city sights where not many tourists can be seen strolling around. I suppose it is allowed, by the city authorities, to dry laundry in such extensive way if small squares and channels are hidden or lost out of sight. I didn't find it inappropriate or ugly, on the contrary, big laundry makes this square to be more attractive and very picturesquely.

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    Bargaining

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 17, 2014

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    Buying yourselves souvenirs is a tricky business. When you want to buy a souvenir, wait a while before you really buy it. It saves you a lot of money. It is custom to bargain the prices.

    Just walk away if you don't like the price and they will come after you to bargain.

    Buy souvenirs far away from Piazza San Marco. It is often cheaper. Same goes for food and drinks.

    Carnival masks

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    A FEW ITALIAN PHRASES THAT MAY HELP YOU

    by DAO Updated Apr 11, 2014

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    In che paese sono? In che paese mi trovo ora?
    What country am I in?


    Guardavamo la TV e, improvvisamente, è esplosa!
    We were watching the TV when it suddenly exploded.


    Era già rotto quando siamo arrivati qui.
    It was broken when we got here.


    Quale è il piatto più sostanzioso del menu?
    What’s the biggest thing on the menu?


    Dove è l’ospedale più vicino?
    Where is the nearest hospital?

    IT'S ITALY 'INIT?
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    Venetian Door Handles

    by von.otter Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    “There is no more magnificent absurdity than Venice. To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.”
    — from “My Past and Thoughts,” 1867, by Alexander Herzen (1812-1870, Russian writer)

    Most doors in Venice have locks but not door knobs. Instead, the doors are pushed open using a handle. These handles take many shapes, some in grand, often fanciful designs; others are plain and simple. And this being Venice, of course there are many lions (see photo montage #1).

    My favorites are the faces and figures (see photo montage #1 & #2). The doorknockers (see photo montage #3) serve double duty: as a door knocker and used as a handle to push open and pull close the door.

    The shoe store door handle (see photo montage #1) is an excellent example of creativity used to service commerce and bring a smile to any passer-by.

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    Churches

    by GentleSpirit Written Nov 14, 2012

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    Walking around Venice (or riding on the vaporetto) I was really struck by the inordinately large number of churches in Venice. Maybe it is because the city is so concentrated or maybe I just noticed it more, but I remember it wasn't uncommon in some places to see blocks where there were at least two churches in that block. Did Anyone else notice this?

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    Drinking Spritz : Aperol or Bitter ?

    by GiuseppeBoscaro Written Jun 22, 2012

    Long and humid winters , no cars , and good quality white wines made us addicted to Spritz , our favourite drink: white wine , Aperol ( sweeter) or Campari ( bitter ) and some seltzer water . Great drink and inexpensive , from 2 euros to 3 , usually eating some cicheti , wich are the venetian equivalent to spanish tapas or greek metzes .

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    Accomodation prices

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    By law, accomodation prices in Italy must be displayed in the rooms, therefore you will find in every room a form that lists the minimum and maximum price for the room.

    So if you were told a different price in advance, don't hesitate to complain at the reception.

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    Regatta Storica - the story of its origins

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 22, 2011

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    Regatta storica is the most spectacular event of Venice, it is very pitoresque and the moving at the same time. It is magnificent historical procession, taking place on the waters of Canal Grande, consisting of splendid carved boats and completed with the costumed crews, dressed in gorgeous brocadecostumes.
    This historical procession commemorates the welcome given to Caterina Cornaro wife of King of Cyprus, in 1489 after she renounced the throne in favour of Venice. Bucintoro, the boat representing the Serenissima is at the head of procession.
    Many different competitions take place within Regatta Storica:
    - MASCARETE - the women's regata
    - PUPPARINI - the young rowers regata
    - GONDOLINI - the champions regata
    - CAORLINE - the river-transportation boats regata
    Finishing line is "Machina", the spectacular floating stage located always in front of the Ca' Foscari palace.
    It is long tradition now that Regatta Storica is taking place the first Sunday of September.

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    Peggy Guggenheim Gallery

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 21, 2011

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    Peggy Guggenheim Gallery is situated in Dorsoduro, facing Canal Grande, just about half way between the Accademia and the church of Santa Maria della Salute. It is one of several museums of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and this one in Venice containing the personal art collection of Peggy Guggenheim a niece of mining magnate Solomon Guggenheim. Pieces in the collectio embrace Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract expressionism. The collection including prominent artists, such as: Picasso, Dali, Braque, de Chirico, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Miro, ....
    The museum collection is housed in the 18th century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. Peggy Guggenheim purchased it in 1949 and it was her home for almost thirthy years.

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    Monuments in Venice

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 15, 2011

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    Venice doesn't have much of the selfstanding monuments on the squares, not as much as one could expecting, but on the other hand isn't the old core of the town monument for itself? Other places telling us stories by exposing monuments of the people whom they admire, but Venice is seducing us with all what this magic town has.
    The bronze equestrian monument to Italian King Vittorio Emanuele II, work of Ettore Ferrari from 1887, stands on the Riva degli Schiavoni.
    The monument to Carlo Goldoni, who was great reformer of the Italian comedy, stands in Campo San Bartolomeo.
    The monument to Daniele Manin, patriot and one of the heroes of Risorgimento (unification of Italy), stands in Campo manin.
    The monument to Francesco Morosini, who was doge and admiral, stands in Campo San Stefano.
    The monument to Pietro Paleocapa, who was scientist and politician, stands in Giardino Papadopoli.

    Vittorio Emanuele II - Riva degli Sciahoni Pietro Paleocapa - Giardino Papadopuli Francesco Morosini - Campo San Stefano Carlo Goldoni - Campo San Bartolomeo Daniele Manin - Campo Manin

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    Palazzi Dolfin Manin & Bembo

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 15, 2011

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    Palazzo Bembo (red coloured building) is 15th century building built for the noble Bembo family. This palace was remodeled several times during past centuries but externally it still maintains the original structure. The palace is considered as an fine example of the Venetian Byzantine or Gothic style originated in the 14th century Venice architecture.
    Next to palace Bembo is palace Dolfin Manin, built between 1538 and 1560. It has impressive facade, designed by Sansovino. This palace used to be the residence of the 120th and last Venetian Doge, Ludovico Manin who was obliged to declare the dissolution of the Republic in 1797. Today it houses Banca d'Italia.
    The both palaces overlooking Canal Grande on the San Marco side and very close to Ponte Rialto.

    Palazzi Dolfin Manin & Bembo Palazzo Dolfin Manin
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