THINGS TO DO AND SEE

    Giorgio Franchetti Gallery at Ca’ d’Oro

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    The XV century Ca d’Oro Palace, hosts the Baron Franchetti collection: paintings of the Venetians, Tuscan and Flemmish school, as well as artifacts dating as far back as the XII century

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    Palazzo Grimani Museum

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    This Palace, once house of the Doge Antonio Grimani, with its Roman-style courtyard and centre italian architecture make it a unique place in Venice. The museum exhbitis amazing sculptures and original pictorial wonders

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    The unsuspected story of a Secret Garden in Venice

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    The garden of Ca’ Morosini is now taken care of by Dominican nuns, but in the past this marvellous place in the heart of Venice had disappeared for almost 200 years!

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    3 times per year is how often you can see this 700 y.o Venice’s altar masterpiece

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    In the San Salvador Church, 1 minute away from the Rialto bridge, a precious treasure is ingeniously hidden: a centuries old silver and gold altarpiece of exquisite workmanship.

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    Coups were a concern in Venice. These letterboxes made it less so.

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    Since 1310, after the conspiracy of Bajamonte Tiepolo against the Doge Pietro Gradenigo and the Serenissima, different “boche de leon” were created for the citizens to press charges for multiple crimes, ranging from tax evasion to blasphemy or even conspiracies.

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    This statue in Rialto, Venice, was thought to have a pen-friend in Rome

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    At the economic heart of the Republic of Venice, right after the Rialto bridge, can be found a statue of a crouching man supporting a small flight of steps.

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    The Rialto golden head which was meant to be seen and you didn’t notice

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    This is probably one of the most unseen in plain view details in Venice: la Testa d’Oro, or “Golden Head”.

    It is located 20m away from the Rialto Bridge, on the San Marco side, in a very busy area full of ‘banchetti’ (souvenir stands) and shops. Hanging 6m above the ground and overlooking a continuous flow of people, the bronze head often goes unnoticed.

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    A man dedicated his life to the Ca d’Oro mosaics. Now he’s watching you.

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    The stunning beauty of the mosaic floor at the Ca’ d’Oro is a pride of Venice and the product of more recent times, about 1 century after the end of the Serenissima.

    Entirely designed and even partially laid down by Ca’ d’Oro’s last owner, the baron Giorgio Franchetti, the 350 square meters floor is a unique composition of many different marbles from multiple areas:

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    Is this a rat carved in Venice on a bank of the Grand Canal? We bet it is.

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    Is that a…?
    Yes, it’s the image of a “pantegana”, a big rat carved in the stone of a column on the Canal Grande.

    It’s neither the result of modern vandalism, nor is it the work of a great artist of Venice. The origins are unknown, and the reason of this carving can only be guessed, so that is what the venetian did.

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    After this story you might no longer want to walk alone in Venice

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    It was around 3:30 pm, in Rio Morto in the district of Cannaregio, when passers-by heard a woman crying and screaming. None of them stopped, thinking it was just lovers arguing, at the exception of one man, the police officer in plain clothes Elio Berdozzo, who immediately walked towards the source of the screams. After having reached the place from which the screams were coming, he first noticed a couple laying on the snow covered ground, snow which had fallen exceptionally much on Venice that day.

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