THINGS TO SEE

    Madonna dell’Orto

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    If you’ve been wandering around the district of Cannaregio, chances are that you saw the brickwork facade, pierced by a beautiful portal surmounted by a pointed arch ardoned with white stone decorations.
    One of these decorations represents St. Christopher, the St Patron of the travellers, for which the church was built in the mid-14th century.
    As you read though, the current popular name of the church ‘Madonna dell’Orto’ does not longer have anything to do with the Saint, but rather suggests consecration to Holy Virgin.

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    Sight: La Salute, one of the most famous churches in Venice

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    Let us show you one of the most known, appreciated and photographed landmarks in Venice: the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

    The strong bond between the venetians and this church has been existing since almost 400 years, before the Church was even remotely completed: in 1630 the “Serenissima” had implored the Virgin Mary for protection against the Plague which was devastating the venetian population, vowing to build a majestic church to thank for the divine intervention.

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    San Pantalon’s Church

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    Step in with us, and look up: you’ll see a gigantic oil painting on 40 canvas stiched together and covering the whole ceiling of the central nave!!! Its 443 square meters area make this the biggest painting in the world!

    This enormous piece has been painted directly on the ceiling in 24 years of work, between 1680 and 1704, by Gian Antonio Fumiani. According to a leged, the creator is said to have fallen down and have died after giving the last touch to this masterpiece… but Fiumani actually died in 1710, 6 years after finishing his work! We think this amazing piece of art doesn’t need any legends around it, it is legendary itself!

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    Campo del Ghetto

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    Due to war, in 1509 a great number of Jews fled to Venice. To keep an eye on these new arrivals, the Serenissima decided to confine the Jewish community to an area accessible only through 2 bridges and survelling it with guards. This are had hosted foundries that used to “gettare”, “cast” the metal, and was therefore known as Ghetto.

    Since then, “ghetto” indicates an area in which a certain community is confined.

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    Campo de l’Abazia

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    This beautiful campo, or square, is off the beaten path on the northern area of the district of Cannaregio.

    On this campo, in 936 C.E., the Confraternity of Misericordia founded its church and its first “scuola” or school. In the XIII century, however, the confraternity had grown so rich and numerous that they had to build a new school, the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, which became, and still is, one of the biggest building in Venice.

    The Scuola Grande della Misericordia has recently been renovated and can be visited for free.

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    Saint Mark’s Square

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    Heart of the political power of the Serenissima for 1100 years, Saint Mark’s square boast an incredible amount of landmarks of exceptional beauty.

    The Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Doge Palace, the Saint Mark’s bell Tower, the Marciana Library, the Bridge of Sighs and the Museo Correr are all around this magnificient Piazza.

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    The Republic of Venice could have ended that day, if it wasn’t for Lucia

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    If the Serenissima could become the longest lasting Republic in human history, one person that must be thanked for is the working-class citizen Giustina Rossi, better known as Lucia.

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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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