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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 Garden of Carlo Scarpa in the Querini Stampalia Fondation in Venice
In the heart of Venice, in the Castello district, is located one of the most beautiful and interesting museums: the Querini Stampalia Fondation. In this museum - the only Venetian palace which survived the end of the Republic - you can admire one of the most beautiful gardens of Venice, designed by the famous architect Carlo Scarpa. The project was part of an overall restoration in 1949 on the ground floor of the palace, which was often invaded by floods. The garden, in the 1800s was even used as a barn until it became the central focus of the new exhibition areas. The restoration by Carlo Scarpa was based on a combination of new and old features and his great skill in the use of materials. He mainly used water as a central decorative element, which in fact came from the canal that overlooks the building, and entered the building through bulkheads that run along the interior walls to reach a large tank layered with copper, concrete and mosaic and a small canal at the ends of which there are two labyrinths carved in alabaster and Istria stone. On the wall you can see a mosaic weaving in Murano glass, designed by Mario de Luigi. The Querini Stampalia Foundation is a museum as much rare as little known. Not yet affected from mass tourism, it offers an harmonious dialogue between ancient and contemporary art and architecture: a house museum of the rich and powerful Querini Family - considered one of the best preserved all over Europe, a library with more than 350,000 books and a design café hosted in the spaces redesigned by Mario Botta overlooking Carlo Scarpa's garden... The Querini Stampalia is a unique experience that will fulfill the expectations even of the most demanding visitor!
Belluno: The mystery of the Pietrificatore from Sospirolo
Mysteries & Legends
Nestled inside the Dolomiti National Park, in the province of Belluno lies the small village of Sospirolo. A peculiar man was born here...View
Venice: The miracle of the Slave by Jacopo Tintoretto at the Gallerie dell'Accademia
2018 marks the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest painters of all time: Jacopo Robusti, known as ...View
Venice: The columns of the ciborium of the altar of St Mark’s Basilica
St Mark’s Basilica in Venice is an inexhaustible source of treasures... The four alabaster columns that support the ciborium above th...View
Padua: Jacopo Marcello, the Captain who shouldn’t have died
Ca’ Marcello in Piombino Dese, Italy is a beautiful eighteenth-century Venetian villa still inhabited today by the Marcello Counts, a...View
Venice: 'Il Paradiso' by Jacopo Tintoretto at the Doge’s Palace
During the visit to the Doge's Palace, one of the most beguiling halls is certainly the Great Council Chamber, a symbol of the thousand...View
Verona: The crocodile in San Michele Extra in Verona
Mysteries & Legends
Built by the famous architect Michele Sanmicheli starting in 1559, to house a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, the Sanctuary of Sant...View