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Curious remarks in Venice: Palazzo Grimani di San Luca

 

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This palace was built in the mid-16th century for the procurator Gerolamo Grimani by the architect Nichele Sanmicheli and completed after his death by the architect Gian Giacomo de' Grigi, known as the Bergamasco.

A legend connects these large openings to an episode rekating to a young Grimani. The young man wanted to marry a young lady of the Tiepolo family, so he asked for her hand, receiving this reply from her father:

"It shall never be said true that I gave the hand of my daughter to a desperate man that has no palace on the (Grand) Canal".

At that, young Grimani promiused that he would have built a house with windows larger that the doorway of Ca' Tiepolo, and so it was.

 

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Where? San Marco, fondamenta della Chiesa 4041

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 09:16

What is a CAMPO?

 

Ok, let's speak about history and words today !

Discover the typical Venetian words with us. Let's begin with CAMPO. Do you have a Venice map? Well, you'll find many campi while you're looking for the best area to stay in Venice.

You know.. Venice was founded in the fifth century by people coming from the mainland. They fled the Hun invasion from the north to take refuge in the lagoon’s marshy islands.

The center of the original community, “Venetia” , moved from island to island. Anyway from the ninth century was firmly established in its present location.

Originally, each small island was semi-autonomous. Houses were built around the edge so that each house had direct access to the water for commerce and trasportation (our watery front doors!).

The open space in the center, the campo, was used for community needs such as the graveyard, for grazing cattle, for the water cistern and wells and for the public events such as markets and festivals and in some cases also as bullfight areas.

Shops and businesses opened onto the campo.  All movements from island to island were conducted by boats. Bridges linking the island communities were built centuries later. The city’s island structure created a strong sense of neighborhood identity and rivalry.

Originally, as their name implies, the campi were unpaved fields. In the eighteenth century , to protect ladies’ ankle-length gowns and elegant shoes, especially during the evening passeggiata , wide stone paths called listone were constructed across some campi. Tassini describes the passeggiata that took place on winter evenings along the paved listone on Campo Santo Stefano.

Something unique?

Today, Campo San Pietro in Castello district is the only campo that is still grass crossed with stone paths.

Nowadays in the Campo, those living in the neighborhood shop, go for coffee and newspapers, while Venetians living elsewhere pass through on their way to work. In this setting, persons encounter each other many times a day and brief conversations ensue. Here, even casual acquaintances become familiar figures. Public life is visible and audible to all. No part of the campo is fenced off or inaccessible, and of course, there are no cars to impede social interaction!

 

Interesting, right?  So.. what are you waiting for? Book your free your Free Walk in Venice and learn more with Isola Tour!

 

CAMPO SAN POLO FREE WALK IN VENICE meeting point on November and December

 

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Venerdì 11 novembre, ore 15:00, speciale attività in italiano.

Saremo lieti di far conoscere a grandi e piccoli una Venezia nascosta e "minore", con una particolare attenzione ai “piccoli ospiti” cercando di catturare la loro attenzione su dettagli e stranezze che questa città possiede. Per i visitatori fuori Venezia forniremo alla fine anche informazioni, se necessarie, su cosa vedere, su dove poter trovare qualche appetitoso piatto tipico veneziano (o gustare un ottimo gelato) o come poter raggiungere punti della città.

La partecipazione è libera, se l'attività sarà stata di vostri gradimento vi saremo grati se vorrete sostenere la nostra associazione con una libera donazione (dettagli su richiesta).

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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 19:07

Coffee in Venice!

Do you like the Italian coffee "espresso"?

Europeans got their first taste of coffee in 1615 when Venetian merchants who had become acquainted with the drink in Istanbul carried it back with them to Venice. Venetian merchants followed the sea routes that linked the far east with Venice and Naples, bringing the first bags of coffee in their city. At first, the beverage was sold on the street by lemonade vendors, but in 1645 the first coffeehouse opened in Italy. Coffeehouse soon sprang up all over the country and they become a platform for people, especially artists and students to come together and chat…then it is certain that Venice was the first place in Italy where people experienced the delicious aroma of coffee! Historical documents revealed that the ambassador in Costantinople Gianfrancesco Morosini was the first to mention the coffee in a report to the senate of Venice in 1585. Some ancient papers testify that in Venice the coffee was very expensive and considered a valuable medicine (prepared as infusion with powder of roasted coffee beans). Towards the end of the century, the infusion of coffee became so popular and required by the people, and the senate issued a special order and it procured and imported larger quantities of coffee for the city of Venice.

 

The first coffee shop was opened by Turkish traders in Saint Mark’s square under the Procuratie Nuove.  Given the success in a short time it opened more than 200 coffee shop throughout the city. In 1720 was opened the CAFÉ’ FLORIAN , which boasted a long line of illustrious clients, such as: Giacomo Casanova, Carlo Goldoni and Lord Byron. Equally important are two other historic coffee in Saint Mark’s square: CAFFE’ QUADRI and CAFFE’ LAVENA , the first opened in 1775 and the second in 1750.

 

 

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Enjoy a hot cup of coffee!

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Free Walk in Venice is just the first project of the Isola Tour non-profit Association, officially registered in 2014 by Venice lovers and professionals in the tourism sector as well as cultural and heritage managers.

We help our guest and supporters of our Association to know the real and hidden Venice that we love..through the original free tours of Venice!

We are friendly, greeters and passionate ambassadors of the city, and we’ll help you to discover the most amazing spots, beautiful areas faraway from the tourist ones.

We believe in fairness and our mission is to make you feel at ease during your stay.

This is why we promote only Venetian cuisine giving you the best tips about it and providing information about the best ways to transportation and to choose tickets to museum and various attractions.

We don’t believe in boredom and this is why we love interaction and exchange with our guests for a nice and relaxing walk speaking about the most curious and hidden aspects of the city.


OUR GOALS ARE:
- Supporting the promotion of tourism and sightseeing.
- The development of contacts and cooperation between people.
- Helping people to save money and time during their stay

 

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 22:27

New! ... movies and hidden gems

Soon we'll give you more info about new proposals for you.

So far.. just try to guess what Free Walk in Venice by Isola Tour is organising for you!

Well, we can start telling you about a hidden gem in Venice: Scala Contarini del Bovolo

In the history of cinema, since the beginning Venice has been chosen by many directors as a backdrop for movies, some are real masterpiece in  the history of cinema.

 

For exemple, in 1949 the  English director Orson Welles began filming a famous literary classic: Othello by William Shakespeare, whose first act was set in Venice.

A lack of funds was the first one between the many problems this movie had. Anyway, above all, the bad character of Orson Welles who even went as far as forcing five lead actresses in the role of Desdemona (the unhappy wife killed by Otello's, who was mad with jealousy) to abandon the set.

Because of the continuing delays, many scenes, which were supposed to be shot in Morocco, had to be shot in our Venice and therefore only saw the light in 1952.

As you know Shakespeare set the final act of the tragedy in Cyprus that was a Venetian colony and yet in the film we can see the Doge's Palace gate... but in the movie we can see also the famous Contarini spiral staircase of the Palazzo in San Luca, called Contarini del Bovolo ( in Venetian means spiral or snail).

This incredible staricase, dated 1499, was recently (this year) reopened to the public and you can climb the stairs; the view is absolutely worth the cost of the ticket (just 5 euro).

Venice is a real film location in the open air. In addition to Orson Wells'  Othello many films or scenes that remain immortal in the history of cinema were shot... do you want to learn more? Stay tuned!

 

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 17:29

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Friday, 02 September 2016 09:18

Regata Storica 2016

Regata Storica 2016

Sunday 4th September 2016 at 4 PM

On Sunday September 4th we are running only the FREE WALK IN VENICE -original free tour- at 10 AM. Why?

---> Because of the Regata Storica! I is the main event in the annual "Voga alla Veneta" rowing calendar. This unique sport has been practised in the Venetian lagoon for thousands of years and today it is particularly well-known for the spectacular historical water pageant that precedes the race. Scores of typically 16th century-style boats with gondoliers in period costume carry the Doge, the Doge's wife and all the highest ranking Venetian officials up the Grand Canal in a brightly coloured parade. An unforgettable sight and a true reconstruction of the glorious past of one of most the powerful and influential Maritime Republics in the Mediterranean.

Today there are four races divided in terms of age and type of craft. The best known and most exciting of these is the "Campioni su Gondolini" race, where a series of small, sporting gondolas fly down the Grand Canal to the finishing line at the famous "machina", the spectacular floating stage located in front of the Ca' Foscari palace.


For more info: Regata storica Venezia website

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