THINGS TO SEE

    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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    The man on this Venetian palace looks great but no one knows who he is.

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    In the Campiello Santa Maria Nova, in the district of Cannaregio, a very curious statue can be seen on the facade of the Bembo Boldù Palace. This real life size statue of a standing man covered in hairs and holding a solar disk is the object of several distincts interpretations.

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    Walking around Venice Arsenal at night hasn’t always been that safe

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    In November 1719, after two very stormy days, two devastated bodies were found close to the Arsenal. The police first thought about an attack of big animals from the neighbourhood, but had to exclude the hypothesis as no evidence was found.

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