I (and you) may refresh our memory about Venice even without leaving Moscow. We should go to the Main Building of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and see a part of Venice here.
The statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni is erected on a pedestal in the Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo. I was happy to see it in Venice because from my childhood I knew its copy located in the Pushkin State Museum in Moscow.
Every time I visited this museum since my childhood I admired by this masterpiece… Never knew that I would be able to see it in Venice…
12 Volkhonka St., Moscow
(tel.: +7 495 609-95-20, +7 495 697-95-78, +7 495 697-74-12),
Metro station: "Kropotkinskaya".
Ticket price for foreign visitors 400 rubles (10 euro) for adults,
200 rubles for schoolchildren, students and pensioners.
Attention! Ticket prices for exhibitions might differ from those for permanent collections.
Visitors are offered audio guides in Russian, English, German, French and Italian.
Many exciting tours are on offer!
Open daily from 10 am to 7 pm
Thursdays from 10 am to 9 pm
The statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni is erected on a pedestal in the Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo. I was happy to see it in Venice because from my childhood I know its copy located in the Pushkin State Museum in Moscow.
In 1475 the Condottiero Colleoni, a former Captain General of the Republic of Venice, died and by his will left a substantial part of his estate to the Republlic on condition that a statue of himself should be commissioned and set up in the Piazza San Marco.
In 1479 the Republic announced a competition that was arranged to enable a sculptor to be selected. Three sculptors competed for the contract, Verrocchio from Florence, Alessandro Leopardi from Venice and Bartolomeo Vellano from Padua.
Verrocchio made a wax model of his proposed sculpture, while the others made models of wood and black leather and clay. He made the final clay model which was ready to be cast in bronze, but he died in 1488, before this was done. The Venetian state after considerable delay commissioned Alessandro Leopardi to do this and now we can this wonderful statue in the Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo.
I was only aware of there being prisons on Venice (Apart from the former famous one adjoining the Doges Palace) after seeing a sign on Giudecca, for this womens prison (There is a prison for males near the Zitelle church)
The womens prison is a former convent.
The main reasons for imprisonment for the women are drug possession, prostitution and murder (Mainly of their husbands!)
This prison recently featured on the Channel 4 series Jamie Does.... Venice, when Jamie (Oliver) visited this womens prison.
Why? well behind the prison walls is a well stocked organic vegetable garden, where as part of a forward thinking rehabilitation programme, the prisoners tend the gardens, harvest the produce, and every Thursday morning, sell the vegetables in a small market outside the prison walls on Fondamenta delle Convertite.
Another marketing idea, to provide an income for these inmates is the production of canvas bags, sold in kiosks around the city, depicting recipes for the Venetian Spritz in various designs -I'm going to look out for these on my next visit to Venice.
The toiletries range ("Santa Maria degli Angeli") at the Bauer hotels (Hotel Bauer, Bauer Il Palazzo, Bauer Casa Nova and the Bauer Palladio) are also produced by these prisoners.
Adjacent to the Redentore church on Giudecca is the Capuchin monastery,where in the pharmacy, the monks made medicines and potions.
Francesca Bortolotto Possati, the owner of Venice's Bauer hotels was inspired by this to instigate a project, whereby as part of a co-operative, Rio Terà Dei Pensieri, the prisoners could produce toiletries such as soaps, shampoo, shower gel and body lotions. These are produced in a laboratory in the prison, Supervised by a chemist and staffed by the inmates, who are taught by skilled volunteers, who share their time and expertise, to ensure that the products are of a high quality grade.. Some of these products contain plants grown in the prison garden.
The "Cooperativa Sociale Reiserimento Lavorativo", (Social Cooperative for Adjustment through Work.) at Banco No. 10, Castello 3478, sells clothing and handbags made with luxurious silks, brocades, and velvets, created by these women prisoners.
The prison also operates a laundry, where hotel linen is washed.
As well as a small income, this work provides work experience, and a reference, which in turn assists them in finding work on release into the outside world.
During a visit to Venice in September 2010, I was there on a Thursday, so went in search of this market. I located the prison, but found out that I had missed the market. Hopefully, next time I'm there I'll see this. We did get to see some of the warders and an inmate outside the prison, looking at a jelly fish in the canal, which a nearby workman caught on his shovel, and put it onto the fondamente. I'm afraid that he later killed it with the shovel.
My Italian friends suggested me to visit the castle at Conegliano telling me it is a must see. They knew how much I like medieval castles, taking any chance to visit them when travelling across Italy....
Santa Giustina is a church building in sestiere of Castello but it no longer functions as a church. The church was built in the second half of the 15th century by the Augustinian nuns to be used as a convent but was suppressed in 1896. It was designed by Baldassare Lnighena and built from 1636-1677. The front facade is garlanded with Istrian marble.
The church was split into two floors and since 1923 it has haused the Liceo Scientifico Giangattista Benedetti.
Fondaco dei Tedeschi (or Fontego in Venetian dialect) used to be the headquarters and restricted licing quarters for the German merchants, residents of Venice. The building has been founded in 1228 but the almost completely destroyed in fire and the rebuilt at the beginning of the 16th century. After the reconstruction it become very functional four floor building with the grand inner courtyard. Fondaco dei Tedeschi was palace, warehouse, market and living quartes, all in one. Actually, fondaco is word of Arabic origins for the store-house.
The Coffee Museum is a unique for the wealth of exhibits and the completeness of the historical path – teaching organized inside.
Conegliano is a lovely little town. It's almost unknown to tourists - when I visited there were a few other visitors, all Italian.
The Coffee Museum is a unique for the wealth of exhibits and the completeness of the historical path – teaching organized inside.
The route allows visitors to discover and explore the entire coffee chain. Yes in fact, part of the plants of Coffe.
It continues with the history of toasting, grinding and coffee to finish with the story of machine espresso.
The exhibition ends in the large tasting room to taste a fine Italian espresso.
Palazzo Zenobio is one of the most beautiful edifices of Venetian late Baroque style. It was designed by Antonio Gaspari, Venetian architect, Longhena's pupil, and built in the last decade of the 17th century. The palace has large and very nice courtyard garden.
The highlight of the Palazzo Zenobio interior is the ballroom also called the Hall of Mirrors. It is behind the balcony of the main facade and it extends over the two floors. Central fresco of marvellous ceiling decoration – "Celebration of the Myth of Apollo" painted by the Frenchman Louis Dorigny depicts Aurora and the chariot of Apollo.
Palazzo Zenobio houses the Collegio Armeno – Armenian College "Moorat Raphael" since 1850. Part of the palace is a hostel. Palazzo Zenobio is used for Biennale exhibitions, which offered us opportunity in sumer of 2007 to explore it, and to see several exhibitions as well.
Palazzo Zenobio is located in Dorsoduro, on the Fondamenta del Soccorso, very near Church of Santa Maria del Carmelo or Dei Carmini.
Yes! My sister told me that if you want to see Venice properly , avoid the crowds. She then said that all you have to do is leave a busy street and get lost in the among the tiny streets, canals and bridges. It IS that simple. We were there at a fairly busy time and found that there were small campos, back streets, local shops, houses with washing hung out from balconies; it just isn't in Piazza San Marco. Although there is a vey pretty canal basin, Basino Orseolo Gondole, just behind the Piazza San Marco. One problem with wandering aimlessly, is that when you look at your photos, you have no idea where they are. The Torino Snack Bar in the Campo San Luca had prints of Jack Vettriano, the Fife born artist, although these may well have changed by now.
An absolutely fabulous palazzo with construction starting in 1720 by architect Frigmelica, and finish design by Preti due to the death of frigmelica. It was for the Pisani family, one of the most wealthy in the area which had many villas. Alvise Pisani became the 114th Doge the year of the building, and was designed to have 114 rooms. They did not live there very long. It is the largest on the Riviera. The interior frescoes are magnificent and painted by Tiepolo 1760-62, and Amigoni. Grounds emcompases 10 hectares.
When Napoleon conquered the area in late 1700's and due to gambling debts of a grandchild, it sold to Napoleon I. . After the fall of that ruler, it went to the Hapsburg Austrian Empire and remained until 1866. In 1882 it became an Italian public grounds and national monument.
The tour is on the first floor and covers all 114 rooms and ends into the grand ballroom, with lovely frescoe ceilings. The paintings celebrate the glory of the Pisani family, and this ballroom is one of the finest in all of Europe with the red marble and baroque plaster and statues. The inner courtyard is absolutely huge, and large pillars support the ballroom. There are also many very large statues ringing the courtyard.
Cost is 5 Euro and well worth every penny. Open 9:00 to 19:00 Aprile through Settembre Tuesday through Sunday and Octobre through Marche 9:00 to 16:00. Cost is 5 Euro and grounds 2.50 Euro.
The garden design was by architect Guilermo Frigmelica de Roberti in 1720. He also was to desing the villa, but died before, so only the work in garden is his. It is one of the most fabulous in Europe. It has a long pond that was added in 1970's, stables at the other end of the garden area, citrus solitude area, ice house, maze, lodges and many archways. Total area is 11 hectares, or around 5 acres, and is 1500 meters in size. The garden is fenced around by wrought iron, with two huge gates at either end. A wonderful viewing.
The main building and Barchessa and chapel were constructed in the late 1719 by Scherimann family. It was a cube shape structure with a big farmhouse and chapel. They had Persian heritage and got involved in Venice trading to become wealthy since 1500's. The main building is square and rather small. Other similar buildings were demolished in earlier years. The Widmann family took control in mid 1700's and they modernized in rococo motif. Since 1883, Somazzi family owned the villa, but later it was re-aquired by the last descendant, Elizabetta, and her son sold it in 1970. Then later it became owned by the Province of Venice.
The grand salon in the middle is two stories of frescoes, and ringed by a wrought iron railing. The ceiling glorifies the Widmann family and the paintings were done by Guiseppe Angeli. The colors are magnificent.
The grounds are only about 2 acres, and in sad condition. It is run down and for some reason not maintained. However, there are three peacocks that highlight the rest of the tour. Villa cost is 5 Euro and grounds only 2 Euro. Open March to Octobre 10:00 to 18:00 and other months until 17:00 ora.
The gardens were a real disappointment. They were run down and the grass not even growing, and bare spots. Further, some statues had been vandilized and turned over, but no one had re-erected them on pedestals. A pond that had ducks looked as if it was contaminated and very brown in color. For 2 Euro, it may be worth seeing the 4-5 peacocks, but that is all. What was once a great garden has for some reason been neglected.
Guilermo Frigmelica designed the garden area in 1720,and before he could design the villa, he died. Building of the garden was complete before villa construction. There are many great sights and treasures to see. An impressive wrought iron fence surrounds the garden which is 1500 meters, about one mile perimeter.
When Giuseppi Cipriani, founder of Harry's Bar named new cocktails and appetizers after famous Venetian painters he did not realse that his thin slices of raw beef in a spicy mayonnaise sauce, named carpaccio, would become more commonly known than its progenitor. Yes Virginia, there is a Vittore Carpaccio (1465-1525),the greatest Renaissance picture-maker and arguably his masterpieces are in this Scuola (religious clubhouse of the Dalmatian merchants in Venice).Do not expect this to be a blockbuster like the San Rocco(Tintoretto)! This is how I imagined a clubhouse would be: altar, some fine deco carving and the paintings along the walls.These gems never travel and I have never seen them in Art books. There were no books or postcards for sale and photography was carefully forbidden--and there were no souvenir shops nearby! A few other of C's works are in the Correr and the Accademia. If you are new to Venice, go there first and SEE them. This is quite a path to beat. Return exactly as you came.We eventually did after a wrong turn to be greeted by the picture entitled "After the Flood"
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