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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
The Venetian diarist, Marin Sanudo (1466-1536), summed up one of the paradoxes of Venice when he wrote: "Venexia è in aqua et non ha aqua" (Venice is in water and it doesn't have water).
|Natural History Museum|
|Ca' d' Oro|
|Corte S. Andrea|
|Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo|
Do you know that Venice is not just one big island?
During our free tours in Venice, FREE WALK IN VENICE, we use to speak about the strange shape of our Venice!
it is thanks to Tiziano Scarpa that we use to say that Venice has the shape of a fish! When you are landing in the Marco Polo Airport you can see how many islands there are here!
But how many islands are them? In Venice there are about 116, 118 or 124 islands (there are different opinions about that!) linked by more than 400 bridges !
The first settlement was on the highest ground of Venice, called Rialto. There is a day that we consider as the Birthday of Venice that is the 25th March 421. In this day the church of San Giacometo was consecrated on the banks of the Grand Canal. But the latest studies on the origins of Venice tell us something different. Was the church built later?
For sure today we know that Venice had its origins during the barbaric invasions. In the 5th century the Huns and the Longobards invaded the territory of Altino and surroundings, in the mainland. So the inhabitants escaped from their houses to take refuge in the islands of the near lagoon. Here we had just empty islands, none lived there, all was new for everyone. Torcello was one of the first islands to host someone. If you visit it today you can see that the inhabitants are really a few, but in the past thousands of people lived there.
Now the buildings are a few as its inhabitants, but you have to try to think about the Venice of the past! Here you can visit the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta with the beautiful Last Judgment mosaic, the church of Santa Fosca and the museum. You can’t’ say to have been in Torcello without trying to sit on the “Attila’s throne” and crossing the “Devil’s Bridge”. Do you know what are they?
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