HIDDEN TREASURES

Anecdotes and Curiosities about Venice and the Veneto region: secrets revealed by a tour guide

Discover, through the legends and mysteries told by our tour guide Francesca, a different side of this wonderful region.

Hidden Treasures is a weekly column on venetoinside dedicated to those who wish to learn about legends, secrets and mysteries of the hidden Venice and the Veneto region... Curated by Francesca – an expert tour guide from Venice Hidden Treasures wants to share the hidden treasures of Venice and Veneto through anecdotes, secrets, legends, mysteries and curiosities, a different and rarely discussed side of Venice, the Venetian lagoon and the Veneto region.

History and folklore, mysterious places and famous works of art, monuments and ancient traditions: our guide will open for you the doors to discover all the hidden secrets of Venice and Veneto! With an original series of stories, anecdotes and curiosities of Venice and its region, all based on a foundation of historical fact, week after week Francesca will reveal fascinating aspects of history, art, culture and the traditions of some incredible places.

Hidden Treasures is a real guide to the lesser-known Venice and Veneto to uncover the mysteries still hidden. Make yourself comfortable! Expect an exciting reading based on anecdotes, legends and hidden Venice secrets that will tantalize your curiosity even more about the city, the lagoon and its wonderful region.

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The Odeon cinema in Vicenza, one of the oldest in the world

Perhaps not everyone knows that in Vicenza there is one of the oldest cinemas in the world, still open today! Originally the hall was a church - precisely one of the seven medieval sacred chapels built around the present city cathedral over a thousand years ago - dedicated to the Saints Faustino and Jovita. The building was almost entirely redesigned in 1700; with the nineteenth century suppressions its ownership was transferred to the Municipality and it first became a warehouse and later a soup kitchen. Fortunately the place was finally redeemed by the Vicenza Mutual Aid Society of Craftsmen, which wanted to use this space as a venue for their meetings. In 1907, at the proposal of the Vicenza Cines Fonos society, the St. Faustino Hall hosted the first exhibition of experimental projections and finally, in 1909, the Cinema St Faustino, later called Odeon, was officially opened. Since its opening, the Cinema has never ceased to show films, becoming a reference point for all Vicenza inhabitants. Of course, over the years, the hall has been modified and adapted to the requirements of a modern cinema without losing its uniqueness, which is evident when looking up to the frescoed ceiling, stopping in the eighteenth century hall or simply breathing the warm and welcoming atmosphere of an environment that strongly differs from a cold and impersonal multiplex cinema in the suburbs. Seeing a movie in this historic and fascinating cinema can be the perfect end to a day exploring the city of Palladio ... Maybe in Michela’s company, our brilliant guide who on request organises private guided tours of Vicenza!

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