German Protestant Church – Former Scuola dell’Angelo Custode






German Protestant Church Former Scuola dell’Angelo Custode Since in the course of time the conflicts with the German ‘heretics’ kept recurring because of funerals, the German merchants applied for a burial ground of their own. The Magistrate granted this and since 1719 the Lutherans have been buried on the island of San Cristoforo della Pace.[…]

Ca’ d’Oro






From the brief presentation on the site of one of most famous palazzi facing Venice’s Canal Grande, we don’t understand why its owner Giorgio Franchetti committed suicide in 1922, exactly the year when the first Mussolini’s Fascist regime was installed. Paolo Monti – Servizio fotografico, Photos courtesy of Wikimedia commons Baron Franchetti, of blessed memory,[…]

The Scuola Grande of Misericordia is finally opened to the public!






In Venice a scuola was the seat of a charity/religious institution. The Scuola Grande of S. Maria della Misericordia was erected in 1310 and subsequently enlarged several times. This large building was built to house the growing number of members of the confraternity in the 16th century. It was built partly according to drawings by[…]

What to Wear in Venice?






Venice is located in North–East Italy. Venetian climate varies throughout the year. During the winter, daytime temperatures struggle up only as high as 3-4°C, while in the summer, temperatures can soar to a dizzying 35 C / 96 F (it also gets very hot and sticky). The hottest month is August and the coldest is[…]

St Mark’s Square






Canaletto, The Piazza San Marco in Venice, 1723 It is a most fascinating square. St Mark’s Square is called a piazza and not a campo to distinguish it from the other squares and to emphasis its singular beauty. It was once a remarkable showcase for feasts, ceremonies, tournaments and fairs. Here you will see the St[…]

The symbol of Venice—Gondola!






  The first reordered use of the word gondola dates from the XI century. The etymology of the word is uncertain. Some say it may come from the Latin cymbula (little boat) or from the diminutive of cuncula (shell). The gondola is about 11 meters long; it is painted black with a waterproof finish requiring[…]