Spring

16 March, 2015

Violets at the Biennale Garden

violets

violets

The Venice old pawnshop

12 March, 2015

Palazzo Corner della Regina

Palazzo Corner della Regina

This Palazzo has been the Venice pawnshop for many years (1834 – 1971) and its wonderful halls were used to host the most poor people.

For this reason, in the calli close by, you can still find some old signs like this ” ANTICA AGENZIA AUTORIZZATA ALLE OPERAZIONI PRESSO IL MONTE DI PIETA”

ANTICA AGENZIA AUTORIZZATA ALLE OPERAZIONI PRESSO IL MONTE DI PIETA_

ANTICA AGENZIA AUTORIZZATA ALLE OPERAZIONI PRESSO IL MONTE DI PIETA_

 

Drawing lesson al fresco

10 March, 2015

I remember my mum telling me “don’t sit on the ground!” right in the same place where these students are so comfortable drawing :-)

drawing lesson

drawing lesson

Inside the Ca’ D’oro

2 February, 2015

The Ca’ D’Oro front is wonderful, definitely. But it’s worth a visit also inside.
And every first Sunday of the month it’s free.

inside ca d'oro

inside ca d’oro

More info here: http://www.cadoro.org/?lang=en

 

Today, with the modern cranes is definitely more easy then once.

pontile

pontile

 

Another “Festa della Salute” day is passed and, as usual, all Venetians has made the pilgrimage to the church of Santa Maria Della Salute to light candles (and buy Peppa Pig balloons to the kids), as they promised 384 years ago.

peppa pig

peppa pig

 

arzana

arzana

Reading  “The Gondola Maker”  made me think of Arzanà

a special place, where some people work to restore and preserve the traditional Venetian boats, settled in what was once one of the most important family squero of gondola maker in Cannaregio area (it would not surprise me if the writer was thinking of this place when she wrote the book).

It is also possible to organize a visit but – it’s written on the web site – there must be at least 15 visitors.

Here a very nice short video by National Geographic showing the Squero and Arzanà activities.

 

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