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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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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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Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:49

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Thursday, 18 August 2016 08:36

Water and wells in Venice!

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). 

Fondaco dei Turchi (Natural History Museum), 11th century. One of the oldest surviving well-heads in Venice.
Natural History Museum
 
Given the location of the city, the sinking of wells was out of the question.
Well-head (vera da pozzo), Ca' d'Oro, Venice
Ca' d' Oro
 
And so the Venetians had to solve the problem of providing fresh water for its large population (in the 14th century Venice was the fourth largest city in Europe) by collecting rainwater. 
Early 15th century well-head (vera da pozzo), Corte Gregolina, Venice. A rare example of a basket-weave design.
Corte Gregolina
The city's numerous campi and cortili were turned into extremely efficient water-storage facilities. The ground surrounding the well-head (vera da pozzo) sloped away so that the rainwater would flow though small stone drains (gatoli or pivelle) into large underground cisterns (up to 5 metres deep). There the water was sifted through sand to remove any impurities.
16th century bronze well-head (vera da pozzo), Palazzo Ducale, Venice
Palazzo Ducale
 
The well-heads in the campi were locked and the keys held by the local parish priests; it was the priest who decided when the well should be opened. This all changed in the 1880s with the advent of piped water from the mainland. The wells soon became surplus to requirement and thousands of well-heads disappeared. 
 
Vera da Pozzo, Corte S. Andrea, Venice
Corte S. Andrea
Many were sold off to foreigners, some were broken up, and some found other uses, often as rather elaborate plant pots. 
Well-head (vera da pozzo) Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice
Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Taking many forms (round, square, hexagonal, octagonal, cylindrical), most well-heads, which date from the 9th to the 19th century, were carved out of Istrian stone, a few out of Verona marble and at least two were cast in bronze. Some are elaborately carved, others less so.  
 
Well-head (vera da pozzo), Campo de l'Abbazia, Venice
Campo de l'Abbazia
According to a census of 1858, there were 6046 private wells, 180 public wells and 556 disused wells in the city. Assuming that each well had a well-head, that cones to a grand total of 6,782. I wonder how many there are today. Alberto Rizzi in his fascinating and fact-filled volume, The Well-Heads of Venice, comes up with a figure of 2,500. 
Well-head (vera da pozzo), Hotel Stern, Venice
Hotel Stern
What do you think about this well-head  in the garden of the Hotel Stern? It is over a thousand years old.
 
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The church of San Polo is dedicated to Saint Paul (the Apostle), which became San Polo in Venetian dialect. ​ San Polo was founded in the 9th century, but largely rebuilt in the 15th century. In spite of later restorations, it has retained its wooden ship's-keel ceiling, one of only three in Venice.The church is most famous for Giandomenico Tiepolo's delightful paintings of the Stations of the Cross (1747-49), which are to be found in the Oratory of the Crucifix. At the base of its campanile (1362) crouch two 12th century stone lions, rare examples of Romanesque carving to have survived in Venice.  ​

The bell tower of the san Polo church is a typical example of a medieval Venetian bell tower with a cone spire; the front door is surmounted by two special sculptures in a Romanesque style: a lion grasping a snake and another lion holding with the front legs a human head. Medieval ecclesiastical buildings were often decorated with monsters or wild animals, often to emphasize the difference between the outside of the church, where there was bad, and the interior, the house of God.

Popular tradition has given the two figures, however, a very different meaning, linked to the history of Venice. The snake caught between the claws of one of the lions represents the conspiracy of Tiepolo Baiamonte, "crushed" by the Council of Ten. In 1310 Baiamonte Tiepolo took charge of a conspiracy of young Venetian nobles to overthrow the government of the Republic of Venice, but on that occasion he was discovered and, to ensure the internal security of the state, the Council of Ten was created, which sadly became famous for its ruthlessness in eliminating any possible enemy of Venice.

The human head on the other lion could be Bussone Francis, Count of Carmagnola, captain of the Venetian troops in the war against Milan (1425). In 1432 the Venetian Senate, however, accused him of treason and had him beheaded.

 

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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 18:35

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Here we are in front of the Grand Canal, Canal Grande in Italian, it is the main waterway of Venice, following a natural channel that traces a reverse-S course from San Marco Basilica to Santa Chiara Church and divides the city into two parts. The Canal Grande snakes through the city of Venice in a large S shape, traveling from the Saint Mark Basin on one end to a lagoon near the Santa Lucia rail station on the other. This ancient waterway measures 3,800 meters (2.36 miles) long and ranges from 30 to 90 meters (about 100-300 feet) wide. In most places, the canal is approximately 5 meters (16 feet) deep. The canal is an ancient waterway, lined with buildings - about 170 in all - that were mostly built from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Most were constructed by wealthy Venetian families. The majority of the city's traffic cruises up and down the canal, be it private boats, vaporetti (water buses), water taxis or the famous gondolas. Foot traffic gathers around three famous bridges that cross the canal: the Rialto Bridge, the Ponte Degli Scalzi, and the Ponte dell'Accademia. A fourth, modern (and controversial) bridge was recently added not far from the Scalzi bridge: the Calatrava Bridge. A Brief History Houses along the Grand Canal in Venice It is believed that the Grand Canal follows the course of an ancient river. One of the first settlements in the area grew along the canal around the area of the current Rialto Bridge. By the tenth century, it was a center for trade and a safe, ship-accessible port. Because of this, some of the earliest houses along the canal belonged to merchants who did their business on the seas. By the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, homes along the canal became much more ornate and often included Byzantine-style decoration like elongated arches and large loggias. This Venetian-Byzantine style of architecture is evident in the oldest building along the canal, Grand Canal seen from Scalzi Bridge, Venice the Ca' da Mosto, which is a thirteenth-century palazzo. The Venetian-Gothic style of architecture began in appear in buildings constructed along the Grand Canal in the fifteenth century and some of the best examples can still be found there, including the magnificent Ca d'Oro (House of Gold). During this period, facades included plaster in bright colors, pointed arches were popular, and columns were skinnier than before. Buildings and homes designed in the Renaissance and Classical styles arrived in the sixteenth century. Many featured white facades rather than colored ones and windows touted round rather Santa Maria di Nazareth or Scalzi Church along the Canal Grande, Venice than pointed arches. Examples of those styles of architecture include the Palazzo Dario and the Palazzo Grimani. In the late sixteenth century and into the seventeenth century, Baroque-style buildings were added to those that already fronted the Canal Grande. This was the most prolific era of building activity along the waterway, and included the addition of the Santa Maria di Nazareth Church (known today as Scalzi) and the Santa Maria della Salute Basilica, one of the city's most elegant ecclesiastic structures. Baldassarre Longhena was the major architect of that era and he added many new buildings to the canal area. By the eighteenth century, building along the Grand Canal had pretty much come to a halt. However, during the last two centuries, significant renovations have been completed for many of the city's historic canal-front buildings and the most important ones have become museums or are owned by foundations that see to their upkeep. Do you want to discover hidden corners with us? Check our website: www.freewalkinvenice.org and book FREE WALK IN VENICE, the official free tour in Venice.
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Thursday, 14 July 2016 11:33

Hidden treasure. The Venice Ghetto

During our free tour, FREE WALK IN VENICE, when we start from our San Geremia meeting point (we have 4 different ones) we go also to discover the Venice Jewish Ghetto.

 

So, do you know that Venice is also famous because the first ‘Jewish Ghetto’ in the world was based here?

 

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It is the area where the Jews were forced to live and that has shaped many other European cities! When visiting the Venice Ghetto one learns that since the 16th century there have been five synagogues, but today it is almost impossible to recognize them in the tall buildings if you do not know what to look for. In this district, there are, in fact, monumental buildings separated from the rest of the houses, since the Jews in Venice only had a small space around the squares of the Ghetto Nuovo and the Old Ghetto, and it is for this reason the buildings are very high, because it developed as the population grew.

 

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Synagogues were then built on top of the normal housing because, according to the teachings of the Talmud, places of prayer should rise over the city, and from outside they are only recognizable by counting the windows. In fact, all the synagogues of Venice have five large windows, to provide them with more light. According to the Talmud light is fundamental to a synagogue because it is a symbol of life, and therefore, of God. On the choice of the number five there are various interpretations, but the most likely is connected to the distribution of Talmud, precisely divided into five parts, which represent the manifestations of light.

 

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