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Murano and the glassworks
New Murano Gallery and AB 4.0 Murano Gallery
On the island of Murano, true works of art are still created today with methods and ingredients handed down over the centuries in secrecy, even at the cost of life, from master to master over the centuries, in order to produce unique products in the world. Transforming incandescent matter into a work of art is pure magic. Seeing the Master Glassmakers at work is a unique experience, in which genius and dexterity, research and tradition, are intertwined in the scorching fire, shaping masterpieces of timeless beauty. A show that is renewed every day under the amazed eyes of the visitors of this furnace.
Republic of Venice Year 1291
Fearing that fire and fires will destroy the city, a decree obliges all Venetian glassmakers to transfer the foundries to the island of Murano. Jealous of an art that had made it famous all over the world since its origins, the “Serenissima” was thus able to better control the activity of the Masters. In fact, the laws enacted obliged them to stay on the island. Few managed to escape. Most of them continued to perfect secular techniques handed down from generation to the present day on the island, making Murano the oldest site in the world in the processing of artistic glass.
Republic of Venice. Year 1291. The story stops, the legend begins.
Middle Ages and the birth of the crystal
These glass artists have always been contacted since the Renaissance to bring their skills to the courts and workshops, so much so that they became masters. In fact, for this reason, a glass school was activated in Murano that initiated young people to this profession even if the experience in the glass factory remained unique. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Murano glass was in demand by the highest social classes in Europe starting with the invention of crystal in around 1450.
LP Essenzial Murano Glass Factory
The LP glass company was born from the meeting between Lorenzo Panisson and the world-famous master of glass art, Giancarlo Signoretto, with the aim of innovating the millenary, but often decadent, tradition of Murano glass art by bringing it in the future. LP is a container of art and a laboratory of ideas. Artists from all over the world collaborate with the master Signoretto giving life to unique glass works of great technical and artistic value.
Legend has it that the traditional artisan textile production was born thanks to a fisherman. Indeed, having resisted the song of the sirens in the name of his beauty who was waiting for him in Burano, he would have received a foam crown from the queen of the waves to adorn the head of his bride. The friends of the beloved, envious and conquered by the beauty of the veil, would try to imitate it, thus starting a school of centuries-old tradition. Burano, a fantastic island of a thousand colors, you will be amazed by the charm of its alleys and by the ancient art of lace that you can see and buy in the La Perla shop. The typical dessert of Burano is the yellow donut biscuit bussolà made with eggs, flour and butter.
The small island of Torcello, sister of Burano, is sparsely inhabited but during the summer it is very popular with tourists who admire the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, with Venetian-Byzantine style mosaics and a panoramic view of nearby Burano from the tower, the the beautiful church of Santa Fosca, the Devil’s Bridge, a bridge without a parapet and the stone Throne of Attila. Some restaurants along the main canal serve lunch where you can enjoy seasonal first fruits and fresh fish, unique dishes in the world.
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Lido of Venice: the Venetians’ beach
At the end of the 19th century the Lido of Venice established itself as the most sought-after seaside destination in Italy and one of the most sought after in the world for aristocrats, consequently the construction of large hotels such as the Hotel des Bains (1900) and the Hotel Excelsior (1908). In 1872 the Bagni Lido Civil Society was born and during the Belle Époque period the international jet set of the aristocracy and rich European and overseas bourgeoisie flocked to the large hotels of the island to take advantage of the beaches. The coast of the island is characterized by the eighteenth-century murazzi, works of defense from the sea, which extend from the Alberoni to almost the square of the Casino. The old Austrian fort of the Quattro Fontane once stood here (first half of the 19th century), but since the 1930s it has been replaced by modern buildings, such as the Casino, and the Palazzo del Cinema, home to the Film Festival. People from all over the world come to celebrate the Film Festival, perhaps the most important in the world, to see and photograph artists and actors who arrive by Water Taxi from all over the world. For the younger ones, the Lido is full of clubs and close to the beaches with music until late in the evening with a view of the sea. During the day it is possible to visit the seaside area and why not spend the day at the beach in complete relaxation.
Alberoni, Malamocco, Pellestrina
The landscape is characterized by high sandy dunes, which are part of a protected oasis managed by the WWF Veneto and the Municipality of Venice, in agreement with the Province of Venice, and by a vast pine forest managed by the Regional Forest Services Treviso and Venice.The beach is largely free. There is also a bathing establishment, equipped with huts, dressing rooms and umbrellas that can be rented daily. The Malamocco area is a must-visit area not very touristy but with many local restaurants and
cicchetterie, very close to the free beach at the end of the Alberoni with a typical Venetian kiosk, it is frequented by Venetians and tourists who arrive from the campsite in Fusina is not crowded and is ideal for spending a day of pure fun and relaxation. Pellestrina, another beach and a beautiful island with several renowned restaurants, half of tourists who love good food and fish. Areas rarely visited by tourists but which we highly recommend.
Golf Lido di Venezia
The Venice Golf Club is located in Alberoni on the island of Lido di Venezia. The entrance is through a bridge that leads into the ancient Forte Alberoni. It is said that the idea of the golf course at the Lido of Venice was born from a conversation between Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata and the magnate of the automotive industry Henry Ford. At Ford’s desire to play golf, Count Volpi replied that within three months he could return with his friends and play on as many holes as he wanted. In 1928 the Circolo Golf Venezia was born around the fortress and the buildings of the Alberoni fort which served as military lodgings and stables which later became the Club House. On June 14, 1934, Adolf Hitler landed at the Lido airport and met Benito Mussolini for the first time on the Venetian golf course. In 2012 it was ranked eighth in the special “Top Ten” ranking of the best courses in Italy.
Its origins are very ancient: the first testimony dates back to a document of Doge Vitale Falier of 1094, which speaks of public entertainment and in which the word Carnival is mentioned for the first time. The current Carnival of Venice has become a large and spectacular tourist event, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world who flock to the city to participate in this festival considered unique for its history, atmosphere and masks. This magical event will give you the opportunity to show off your
costumes, which will make your stay magical in the city, participating in the various dances and parties that take place in the palaces on the grand canal such as Pisani and moretta palace with the famous dance of the Doge.
The Feast of the Redeemer
In the month of July, precisely on the third Saturday of the month, the famous Feast of the Redeemer takes place every year to commemorate the end of the plague epidemic in 1575-1577. The Redeemer, the “very famous” night as the Venetians colloquially call it, is an integral part of the customs of the inhabitants of the lagoon city who continue to renew, even today, the gastronomic traditions, folklore and celebrations handed down by their ancestors who made years, this “very Venetian” festival also known internationally as well as one of the largest tourist attractions in the city. The Venetians with their boats stop in front of the Redentore church in front of the San Marco basin and admire the fireworks, which like magic illuminate all the splendor of this magnificent city. Upon advance booking you can have your own private water taxi to be able to see them up close at the points that the Municipality of Venice pre-establishes. It will be an unforgettable evening.
Carlo Goldoni Theater
The Carlo Goldoni theater is the oldest theater in Venice that still exists today and is the fourth oldest in the city, after the Michiel Theater, the Tron Theater (1581) and the San Moisè Theater (1613). It was built by the Vendramin family in 1622, from which it took its name. The inauguration of the theater, also known as San Salvador and San Luca, took place in the autumn of that year, with a show by the “Gli Accesi” Company.
La Fenice Grand Theater
The Gran Teatro La Fenice, located in the San Marco district in Campo San Fantin, is today the main opera house in Venice, as well as one of the most prestigious in the world. Every year it holds the traditional New Year’s Concert. Twice destroyed and rebuilt, it was the site of important opera and symphonic seasons and the International Festival of Contemporary Music. In the nineteenth century the theater was the site of numerous world premieres of works by Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi.
Also in the twentieth century great attention was paid to contemporary production, with world premieres by Igor Stravinskij , Benjamin Britten, Sergej Prokofiev, Luigi Nono, Bruno Maderna, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Mauricio Kagel, Adriano Guarnieri, Luca Mosca and Claudio Ambrosini.
Venice is the only city in the world which, having developed according to a genetic code written over time, will forever remain unmistakable compared to all the others; in fact, even today it looks like it was, made of gold and Istrian stone and its monumental rooms continue to preserve the talent, inspiration and genius of the artists that fate wanted to be gathered here forever. During its existence, the Serenissima Republic was an incredible art laboratory: sublime minds designed and built palaces and churches, expert hands frescoed the interior which would later house precious canvases, violins and violas were born in the lutherie workshops. leg, in the living rooms, in theaters and in any other place, symphonies, operas, cantatas were proposed. Music, especially in recent centuries, was the soundtrack of daily life, which flowed proudly in its self-celebration. Then came the dark ages: if architecture and painting have stood the test of time thanks to their material structure, the music, made of vibrations, has vanished into the air, leaving Venice for an unknown destination. The concert season “Violins in Venice” of the Interpreti Veneziani wants to give the splendid remaining places a new and ancient harmony at the same time, proposing to revive the sound of some prestigious instruments, real works of art, in a charged environment of history and great beauty. This is how in San Vidal the baroque music and the notes of Vivaldi rejoin the sacred places in which they were born. An encounter between music and the other muses, to be able to create that moment of perfection that arises from the symbiosis of two elements that seem made for each other. Whoever you are and wherever you come from, welcome to the “harmonious city”! Venetian Interpreters
A new reality in the Italian and international concert scene! Thus the Venetian Interpreters were born in 1987, immediately establishing themselves for “… the exuberance and the all-Italian panache that characterizes their performances”. A reference point in the international music scene, Interpreti Veneziani are starting their XXX Concert Season in Venice which sees the approval of more than 60,000 spectators a year from all over the world. Among the important statements are the participation in the Melbourne Festival, the Bayreuth Festival, the Prague Music Festival “Václav Hudeček”, the concerts at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, the participation in the worldwide telemarathon at the Kirov Theater for the ” rebirth of the name of the city of St. Petersburg ”, the concert at the“ Symphony Hall ”in Osaka live on radio for Japanese radio, the concerts at the“ Suntory Hall ”and“ Kjoi Hall ”in Tokyo. United States, Japan, Canada, Latin America alternate each year in their calendar with concerts in the most prestigious halls. In 2013 they performed for the first time in India. This year they will return to South America and Japan.
The Venice International Film Festival is the film festival that takes place annually in Venice, Italy (usually between the end of August and the beginning of September), in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Marconi seafront (and in other buildings close or not far away), at the Lido of Venice and in the rest of the lagoon. After the Oscar, it is the oldest film event in the world: the first edition was held between 6 and 21 August 1932 (while the Academy Award has been held since 1930, in a single evening). along with several others) is the Golden Lion, which owes its name to the symbol of the city (the Lion of San Marco). This recognition is considered one of the most important from the point of view of film criticism, like those
awarded in the other two main European film festivals, the Palme d’Or of the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Bear of the Berlin International Film Festival. Each year 140 titles are screened including feature films, documentaries and special projects.
The Biennale of Art
The Venice Biennale is an Italian cultural foundation, based in Venice. Active mainly in the figurative arts but also in music, cinema, theater, architecture and dance, it is considered, of its kind, the most important in Italy and among the most important in the world; since 1895 it has organized the Venice International Art Exhibition every two years.
Palazzo Ducale, Correr Museum, Clock Tower, Ca ‘Rezzonico Museum of the Venetian Eighteenth Century, Palazzo Mocenigo – Study Center for the History of Textiles and Costume, Carlo Goldoni’s House, Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art , Palazzo Fortuny, Murano Glass Museum, Burano Lace Museum and Natural History Museum. An immense cultural heritage, with over 700,000 works of art, five specialized libraries, a photographic archive and a well-equipped warehouse in the Vega Stock in Marghera. Our many museums will lead you to dream in an ancient era, you will identify with the many protagonists of a millenary history that is Venice. Venice is a whole museum to explore from Piazza San Marco to Rialto between streets and squares that will take you back in time, you will be transported into a completely real dream. With our water taxis “Motorboats” and our drivers with twenty years of professionalism we will take you to the narrowest canals where the famous gondolas pass and you will be enchanted in admiring the city of Venice from a totally different perspective. Our museums.
Our Best Restaurants
Carpaccio Restaurant. The owner Rosario welcomes you to the Carpaccio Restaurant, where years of experience in the restaurant world has been achieved in the passion of cooking and hospitality. Located on the Riva degli Schiavoni opposite the island of San Giorgio, just a ten-minute walk from Piazza San Marco. Access to the restaurant by water taxi and / or gondola, as they are equipped with Riva.
Osteria al Ponte del Diavolo. Osteria al ponte del diavolo in Torcello combines a modern and exclusive culinary philosophy, able to go beyond the mere tasting experience to give life to real emotions. This philosophy is translated (and tasted!) In the dishes created with great sensitivity and imagination by the chefs of the restaurant.
Pizzeria Jazz Club Novecento. A good pizza in the historic pizzeria jazz 900 hidden in the alleys of S.Polo out of the chaos and the comings and goings of every day, Ivan will give you an evening of musical magic and tranquility, but above all a good pizza that you will not forget easily.
The Wonders of Our Venice
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