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PALAZZO GUSSONI GRIMANI DALLA VIDA

Located across the street from the Ca ‘Pesaro, over Canal Grande, between the Rio di Palazzo and Ruoda Noale, Palazzo Gussoni Grimani Dalla Vida is one of those buildings full of history that support the architectural quality as a city and not another. And that Venice be a real open air museum, has undoubtedly require each of these buildings, which lie close together, composing a set simply charming.

HISTORY

The palace was designed by architect Michele Sanmicheli and built between 1548-1556 for Gussoni family. In the next century, the building served as headquarters for the Accademia Delphi, founded in 1647 by Francesco Gussoni.

After the death of the last Gussoni, in 1736, the palace was transferred, on the paternal side, Minio family. In 1978, the building was sold Grimani family, and later, in 1814, this family came into possession Dalla Vida, the last known owners, before palace became property of the Italian State.

May we remember that between 1614 and 1618, the Palace was the residence Gussoni Grimani diplomat Sir Henry Wotton English, advisor of Doge of those times and also author of a handful of poems and translations.

ARCHITECTURE

Palace facade was originally decorated with frescoes of Jacopo Tintoretto, inspired by Michelangelo’s sculptures, frescoes that have disappeared over time because of moisture, while the courtyard was decorated with frescoes by Giovanni Battista Zelotti of illustrating the life of Hercules.

HOW TO REACH PALAZZO GUSSONI GRIMANI DALLA VIDA

Most Venetian palace on the Grand Canal can be seen best on the water, on board a boat or why not, a gondola, but if you feel you will not get the time to look at better is to find a place on the opposite bank of the canal where you can linger as long as you want.

The nearest vaporetto station, located on the same shore to the palace, the San Marcuola, where small ships stop lines ACTV ACTV Line 1 and Line 2. On the other hand, stopping at the Star San, located on the same two lines vaporetto route may be more convenient station is right across the street from Palazzo Gussoni Grimani Dalla Vida.

PALAZZO MALIPIERO

Palazzo Malipiero is located on the eastern bank of the Canal Grande, just before it bends to flow into the basin of San Marco. Very close to Palazzo Grassi, he is separated from it by a few feet of the San Samuele market.

The palace is famous primarily as the residence of Giacomo Casanova, for a few years back when it was still a teenager. The rooms of this palace, it seems, would have learned the art of Venetian lover of love that so tough to practice later.

HISTORY

The palace, known as Grande di San Samuele Ca, was built in XI century by Soranzo family.

In the early fifteenth century, the palace came into possession of a powerful Venetian families – Cappello family, after a marriage. By the mid-sixteenth century, the family had Cappello widening and construction of the palace facing the Grand Canal facade that exists today.

Also in the sixteenth century, by another union, passing of possession of the family palace in the Cappello Malipiero family. Like other owners, and Malipiero family palace was carefully cared for, being responsible for a number of changes made after 1700.

Since the nineteenth century, while the decay Venetian palace was alienated by the family Malipiero, will pass from one owner to another until 1951, when it was bought Barnabò family. They have completely restored, restore it to a city that, although very old, constantly rejuvenates.

ARCHITECTURE

Originally built in Byzantine style Venetian palace was enriched with a new floor in the fourteenth century, this time in a Gothic style with arched windows lance-shaped. Gothic architecture has successfully embedded the top floor of the Byzantine elements below, making an interesting combination that can be observed today, especially on market-oriented facade San Samuele.

HOW TO GET TO PALAZZO MALIPIERO

To get to Palazzo Malipiero, you can use small ships ACTV Line 2 Line, stopping at San Samuele station, located near the palace. If you want to get away, you will need, of course, a map.

DOGES PALACE

To know the ultimate expression of Venetian culture, whether you are attracted to architecture, painting, sculpture or all three alike, a visit to the Doge’s Palace is imperative.

Although we are tempted many times to recommend finding the narrow streets and canals of Venice hidden, early morning or late at night, as best we can say that a visit to Venice without seeing the Doge’s Palace in broad daylight, inside and out, can be considered, rightly, a missed visit.

HISTORY

Built originally of wood in the ninth century Ducal Palace (Palazzo Ducale) was rebuilt several times after that, gaining the form that we see today only between 1340 and 1424, with construction of the Great Council Hall, under the supervision of architect Filippo calendario.

After that time, new buildings have appeared in the palace under the care of Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon’s (father and son), of which we can mention the Porta della Carta, the main entrance that directs visitors to the courtyard.

After a major fire that occurred in 1483, the courtyard will be rebuilt in a Renaissance style by architect Antonio Rizzo.

ARCHITECTURE, SCULPTURE, PAINTING

The exterior of white marble and pink may be seen free of Piazza San Marco but left knowing the wonders of many architects, painters and sculptors within the palace, you must pay the entrance fee.

Among the architects whose works adorn the palace today, we can still remember the Jacopo Sansovino, who built Giants on a project scale of Antonio Rizzo, called so because of two huge statues that are found on top of them – Mars and Neptune, on Scarpagnino, who seems to have begun over the Golden Ladder of Sansovino, and Antonio Contino, who left behind the beautiful Bridge of Sighs, built around 1603.

Inside the palace you can find paintings belonging to Tintoretto (Return of the prodigal son, Doge Girolamo Priuli received the sword and balance, Doge Andrea Gritti ingenuchind before or enormous Virgin Paradise, the largest oil painting in the world). Besides this, the palace hosts works by painters like Guariento (fragments of frescoes painted in the Great Council Hall), Titian (Doge Antonio Grimani to faith), Paolo Veronese (abducted) Jacopo Bassano or.

HOW TO GET TO DOGE’S PALACE

Doge’s Palace can be found easily due to known location of Piazza San Marco, the market for most of the roads that converge Venetian. To get water, use any of the small ships lines ACTV ACTV line 1 or line 2 to San Marco Vallaresso station or any of the lines ACTV Line 1, Line 2 ACTV, ACTV line 41, line 42 ACTV, ACTV line 51, line ACTV 52 to San Zaccaria station.

The road down to the Piazza San Marco is marked by arrows “per San Marco” and are less likely to lose. It is still good to have a map with you. Reached the square, you will find the palace without any effort.

PALAZZO GRIMANI DI SAN LUCA

After left behind Rialto Bridge, heading to the vaporetto to Piazza San Marco, you will see at some point on the left side, where the Rio di San Luca Canal flows into one of the most important Venetian palaces – Palazzo Grimani di San Luca.

HISTORY

Construction of the palace was started by the architect Michele Sanmicheli around 1550, the building was designed prosecutor Gerolamo Grimani, San Marco district administrator and the second man in the state after the Doge of Venice.

After only three years, Michele Sanmicheli dies and will continue under the care of the palace building architect Giangiacomo de’Grigi. It will add a new floor of the palace, for the exorbitant sum of 3,000 ducats was then criticized numerous times for altering his plans Sanmicheli.

Palace will be kept Grimani family until 1806. After the fall of the Venetian republic in the late eighteenth century, under Austrian occupation, the palace will be saved from demolition and turned into the postal office. Today, it houses the Court of Appeal of Venice.

ARCHITECTURE

The palace is built in a Renaissance style, with some components borrowed from Mauro’s architecture Codussi, who erected palaces on the Grand Canal just a few decades before, but with elements of ancient Roman architecture, such as, for example , Corinthian columns that adorn the facade.

Unfortunately, much of the interior decorations were lost during the Austrian occupation, leaving only pride to wear outside of a time past.

HOW TO GET TO PALAZZO GRIMANI DI SAN LUCA

To reach the Palazzo Grimani di San Luca, you can use the ACTV boat line 1 or line 2. If you arrive by vaporetto line 1, you can stop down both Rialto and at Sant’Angelo station. Although the palace is located about halfway between the two stations, located on the same side of the Canal Grande, seems somehow easier access from the Rialto. If you arrive by vaporetto line 2, get off at Rialto stop Banca d’Italia.

PALAZZO DARIO

Once past the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Ponte dell’Accademia coming from, the right one building relatively small but very stylish, built in a Gothic style with Renaissance elements, called Palazzo Dario, or closer to the language Venetian Ca ‘ Dario.

HISTORY

Nobody knows exactly when it was raised Palazzo Dario, but some say it has gone through a restoration (reconstruction) increase in 1487 and who was responsible for project architect Pietro Lombardo was. It should be restored Venetian palace for Senator Giovanni Dario, important man of the era, diplomat and merchant alike.

After the death of Giovanni Dario, in 1494, the palace remained illegitimate daughter, Marietta. This married Vincenzo Barbaro brought practically building the Barbaro family, who then held another two palaces – one in the immediate vicinity (Palazzo Barbaro Wolkoff) and one to the other side of Canal, close to the Ponte dell ‘ Accademia, Palazzo Barbaro.

Ca ‘Dario Barbaro family will stay in possession until the mid-nineteenth century. After that, will change many times owners until, in 2006, will be bought by some Americans that we have today.

ARCHITECTURE

The palace is built in a Venetian Gothic style, with rounded arches that look gentle Grand Canal, and with lance-shaped arches on the opposite side. Front covered with marble decorations are played by Byzantine or Arab, but whose elements are found, for example, in San Marco church architecture.

HOW TO GET TO PALAZZO DARIO

To get to Palazzo Dario, boat station you need to get off is welcomed. To do this, you need to take ACTV vaporetto line 1 line of Piazzale Roma or any other station goes through it.

FONDACO DEI TURCHI

One of the oldest buildings in Venice, Fondaco dei Turchi, is located in Santa Croce, one of the southern shores of the Grand Canal. From this strategic point guard in the Byzantine style gondolas traffic, with a bluntly mimics briefs quickly as we saw them all.

HISTORY

The palace was built in 1225 by Giacomo Palmieri, one of the Pesaro family strong. For some political favors, the building was given to the Marquis of Ferrara in 1381, Nicolo d’Este, and two and a half centuries later, in 1621, came into possession of the Turkish merchants of Venice, which turned into warehouses and residential space. About that time he left and name it carries today, translated into Romanian as “deposit Turks.”

In 1838, the palace was abandoned by the Turks in a very bad state. It took another twenty years until the municipality decided to rebuild it and the mission went to architects and engineers Camillo Boito. But it seems that after reconstruction, the palace was adorned with two Gothic towers side, which did not exist before, but keeping the outline of the original construction.

In 1890, Fondaco dei Turchi hosted Correr collection, but which would find a permanent place after 1923 close to the heart of Venice, San Marco Square. Today, the palace houses the Museum of Natural History, where there are a number of fossils of dinosaurs and mammoths, but also a huge aquarium that is collected over 50 species of fish and shellfish.

HOW TO GET TO FONDACO DEI TURCHI

The easiest is to take ACTV vaporetto line 1 line station in Piazzale Roma to San the Star. If you are not in Piazzale Roma, find the line ACTV Line 1. If you want to search on foot, use a map.

CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DELLA PRESENTAZIONE (LE ZITELLE)

Most tourists arrive on the island of Giudecca, a visit I made to Redentore, Andreea famous architect Palladio great creation, and just know that the island is home to another building assigned to it, the Church of Santa Maria della Presentazione, known as the Chiesa delle Zitelle or simply Le Zitelle.

HISTORY

Le Zitelle part of a complex set of ecclesiastical Jesuit monk Benedetto Palmi, to provide shelter girls without dowry from poor families, who otherwise risk ending up on the streets to prostitute.

The church was built between 1581 and 1588 by architect Jacopo Bozzetto, who belonged to a design – it seems – Andrea Palladio, and which was dedicated initially to another location.

Andrea Palladio’s project award is currently controversial, Centro Internazionale di Studi di architettura Andrea Palladio saying that in the absence of documents it on Palladio law of this creation that is not listed Palladian style very clear in this building The project could have hers as well, another architect.

ART

Zittele them houses works of art signed by Palma the Younger and Francesco Bassano, one of the four sons of Jacopo Bassano more famous.

HOW TO GET TO THE  CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DELLA PRESENTAZIONE

You can reach Santa Maria della Presentazione Church on Giudecca Island, with small ships lines, Line 2, Line 41 or line 42, down to the station Zitelle.

CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DI NAZARETH

Santa Maria di Nazareth church, Chiesa degli Scalzi known locally as is perhaps the first important monument you meet when coming from Piazzale Roma, heading to the center of Venice. Located in an area crowded by thousands of people go, perhaps every day, near Venice Santa Lucia train station and Ponte degli Scalzi church that will stop your way, if only for a few moments to capture your admiration. And if you take the plunge and go, you will be certainly impressed.

HISTORY

Not long after Carmelitanii barefoot (Carmelite Scalzi) settled in Venice in 1633, asked the architect Baldassare Longhena to build a church dedicated to Virgin Mary. Building construction began in 1656 and is funded by Girolamo Cavazza Venetian diplomat, and was completed in 1689, by Giuseppe Pozzo, seven years after Longhena passed away.

The church was consecrated in 1705 and barefoot Carmelite Order has used it, along with the monastery adjacent to the early nineteenth century. In 1810, they left the church and monastery, and will return 30 years later, in 1840.

Santa Maria di Nazareth church was restored between 1853 and 1862 by order of Austrian-occupied Venice, while only a few years later, with the advent of Santa Lucia train station, the monastery buildings were to be demolished.

ARCHITECTURE

The facade of the church was built in Baroque style between 1672 and 1680 by architect Giuseppe Sardi and decorated with carved saints by Bernardo Falconi, artist portfolio, and the statue had two Punta della Dogana on the atlas.

ART

Among the works that can be admired in the church today, we can mention Cristo degli Ulivi and Apoteosi nell’orto di Santa Teresa, Giambattista Tiepolo’s paintings both sculpture of Santa Teresa in estasi Heinrich Meyring or Crocifisso, of Giovanni Maria Morlaiter .

Tiepolo’s work titled della Santa Casa di Loreto Transporto was destroyed with the roof of the church in 1915 by an Austrian bomb. Santa Lucia train station building targeted bomb hit but, instead, the church, causing them great damage. Fragments of Tiepolo’s frescoes are now in the Accademia Gallery and the ceiling of the church is adorned with a picture today of Ettore Tito, in 1934.

HOW TO GET TO THE CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DI NAZARETH

Church Ponte degli Scalzi is right near, very near Santa Lucia Station. From Piazzale Roma, the road walk to the church can not last more than a few minutes.

If you come from another part of Venice you can reach Santa Maria di Nazareth Church lines with small ships ACTV Line 1, Line 2 ACTV (down to the station ferrovie Scalzi), ACTV line 41, line 51 ACTV, ACTV line DM (down to ferrovie Santa Lucia) or ACTV line 42, line 52 ACTV (ferrovie Bar station to Rome).

CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA E SAN DONATO

Also known as the Duomo of Murano, Santa Maria e San Donato church is one of the oldest building hosted the Venetian lagoon.

The Byzantine design, this keeps the relics of Saint Donatus of Arezzo, martyred in the fourth century AD, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Flavius ??Claudius Iulianus.

HISTORY

A document from 999 shows that the church had been built since the seventh century, when many refugees from the mainland arrived on the island of Murano.

Initially, it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, because later, in 1125, when relics of Saint Donatus were brought to the island of Cephalonia, receive a second patron.

Church, it seems, had been rebuilt at that time still in a Byzantine style, the form that survives in large part, to this day. Mosaic inside is marked with the year 1141, the date on which this work would be completed reconstruction.

In the eighteenth century, the church was redesigned in Baroque and later, between 1858 and 1873, has tried a return to its original style. The restyling of the building was condemned by many voices, because they created a hybrid form of unhappy in the church and the XII century later.

Last restoration of the church in the 70s did right this monument, removing unwanted elements appeared in the last centuries, the church can be seen now in a form close to that page.

ARCHITECTURE

West facade, which is found the main entrance of the church, is flat, contrasting its simplicity rather than with the other front, San Donato oriented channel, offering tourists a rich architectural ensemble with Byzantine columns.

Inside, the shape of Latin cross of the church is all columns defined in the Venetian-Byzantine style and magnificent polychrome mosaics restored in the 70s can be admired in all its splendor.

HOW TO GET TO SANTA MARIA E DONATO CHURCH

The church is on Murano, and to get here, you have several routes Vaporetto – ACTV line 5, line 13 ACTV, ACTV line 18, line 41 ACTV, ACTV ACTV line 42 or line DM. The best solution is to call the last three lines of boats which stop near the church, the Museo station.

CHURCH REDENTORE

When you look to La Giudecca, from Zattere, eyes will be drawn, primarily, the splendid creation of Andrea Palladio, Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore.
Church, popularly known as Il Redentore language (Saviour), impresses in the first place, from afar, with massive conception, but only after you arrive in front of her on the shore of the island above mentioned, you will be able to discover the details that complete one of the most valuable architectural creations of Renaissance Venice.

HISTORY

After the plague epidemic of 1575-1577, the plague that killed more than 50,000 Venetians, the Senate of the Republic decided to build a church to celebrate the end of the scourge and to thank the Divine.

The mission was entrusted to the great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, who would begin construction in 1577 and to leave an inheritance after his death occurred in 1580, Antonio da Ponte, who will complete many years later, in 1592.

After the church was finished, the Venetian Senate determined that each year through July, to build a pontoon linking Zattere La Giudecca. In it, a religious procession, Doge went to worship at Il Redentore. The habit has become, in time, a Venetian holiday important that today is called the Festa del Redentore.

ARCHITECTURE

Considered the most beautiful church built by Palladio, Il Redentore was originally designed to resemble the Greek Pantheon in Athens but the project was rejected, being considered pagan.

Although, overall, is a Renaissance style arhitehtonic, some see, antinomic in building design and Turkish elements, such as the two bell towers-like minarets.

Staircase that leads visitors to the massive entrance of the church is wide, with 15 steps, according to Palladio’s beliefs, which held that a believer, to increase their dedication, requires a gradual road to salvation.

According to another conception paladiene, the church is very well proportioned, measuring 75 meters in length, 30 meters in width, with accurate reports between all these dimensions. The dome has a diameter of about 15 meters and 48 meters clopotnitele rises from the ground, forming a whole picture all that impressive.

ART

Redentore it contains a series of paintings by Jacopo Bassano signed, Paolo Veronese and Alvise Vivarini, but most interesting is found in the sacristy, which is usually closed to the public.

Church appears in numerous works of art such as paintings of Cannaletto, Duncan Grant’s or by JMW Turner, as a symbol of the Venetian culture and architecture.

HOW TO GET TO THE CHURCH REDENTORE

You can reach La Giudecca, Il Redentore, ACTV lines with small ships Line 2, Line 8 ACTV, ACTV ACTV line 41 or line 42, stopping at the station Redentore.

CHURCH OF SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE

There are many churches in Venice, and many are beautiful, but less impressive as the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. Settlement may be to blame, because many buildings boast their own island, or can be bell, probably after the second height of the Piazza San Marco, but we can easily understand that one, however, his inspiration Andrea Palladio matter, perhaps most.

HISTORY

In 982, Doge Tribuno Memmo San Giorgio Maggiore island donate a Benedictine monk, will establish a monastery here to order. Five years later church built of brick and wood will last pretty much until 1223, when it will be seriously damaged by an earthquake. Doge Pietro Ziani will repair places, to withdraw the island a few years later.

In 1109, there will be brought relics of St. Stephen of Constantinople and the celebration held annually on December 26, the saint’s day, will become one of the most popular Christian holidays in Venetian calendar.

Church that we see today was started by Andrea Palladio in 1565 and finished after the architect’s death in 1610. Furthers the project was, it turns out, Vincenzo Scamozzi, who took several works started by Palladio, as an understudy leading the great architect.

ARCHITECTURE

Palladio’s construction is basically a compromise between the classic drawing of a temple and a church, facade-oriented San Marco developing practically an earlier project, the San Francesco della Vigna of the Church.

ART

In church there are paintings of great value, since the father Jacopo Tintoretto (Last Supper) and his son Dominico Tintoretto and Jacopo Palma continued to work the Younger, Jacopo Bassano and Sebastiano Ricci. Unfortunately, the Wedding at Cana Paolo Veronese’s church was taken from the time of Napoleon, is now exhibited at the Louvre.

In turn, the church served as the inspiration of great artists, of which we can mention Claude Monet, Francesco Guardi and, of course, by Canaletto.

HOW TO GET TO THE CHURCH OF SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE

You can reach the island of San Giorgio Maggiore by vaporetto ACTV ACTV Line 2 Line, which you can embark at San Zaccaria station, located near Piazza San Marco.

CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE

One of the banks of the Grand Canal, near the mouth of San Marco Basin it was built in the seventeenth century one of the most beautiful churches of Venice, Santa Maria della Salute.

Symbolic image of the floating city, it appears in many documentaries about the Venetian architecture but also in many paintings by famous artists such as Michele left Marieschi, Francesco Guardi, John Singer Sargent, Walter Sickert and, of course, Canaletto.

HISTORY

After the plague of 1630, which is said to have killed nearly a third of Venice, the Venetian senate decided to be built a church dedicated to Virgin Mary. After a competition between several architects of the time, the project was entrusted to young Baldassare Longhena.

It began construction in 1631 but difficulties have delayed occur. The soil was not solid enough to support this massive structure and the church would be completed very late, only in 1687, 5 years after the death of Longhena.

Every year on November 21, Festa della Madonna is celebrated della Salute. Venetians built a bridge over the Grand Canal from San Marco to the Dorsoduro, which the locals go to worship the Virgin Mary and the gondoliers brought their paddles, on this occasion to be blessed by one of the priests of the church.

ARCHITECTURE

Church, seen from above, is octagonal, central dome surrounded by buttresses baroque, which would make the structure more stable. Another dome, low, behind the big dome, with two bell towers delicate watches it.

Facade built of Istrian stone was enriched with numerous sculptures of angels and saints and the top of the dome is a statue of the Virgin Mary bless the city. The interior is also impressive, hosting an altar in Baroque style and designed all of Longhena paintings Titian and Tintoretto’s priceless.

HOW TO GET TO SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE CHURCH

To get to Santa Maria della Salute, you can use line ACTV vaporetto line 1, stop at the station Salute.

If you want to get away, you will most likely cross the Ponte dell’Accademia Canal Grande, you will be left to the Peggy Guggenheim art gallery and soon after you pass this church will be built in front of you. If you choose this option, we recommend you to you a detailed map to not get lost.

CHURCH OF SAN MICHELE IN ISOLA

Whether you see the vaporetto, when you pass the island of San Michele, on the way to Murano, or even lower on the island for a closer look, you will be amazed by the light of this church. And if the day is sunny, look careful at San Michele in Isola, for white stone of Istria which is made would be able to steal the look.

HISTORY

The original church was built on the site in 1221 but the form that exists today dates from the second half of XV century. To be more precise, we must say that San Michele in Isola was rebuilt between 1469 and 1478 by architect Mauro Codussi Renaissance, among whose works include the Church of San Zaccaria and the Palace Vendramin Calergi or San Marco Square Torre Dell’Orologio .

In 1530, Guglielmo Bergamasco architect to build a chapel on the left hexagonal church and later on in 1560, the famous sculptor and architect Jacopo Sansovino church will bring a series of repairs and additions.

ARCHITECTURE

The church is built entirely of stone from Istria and early Renaissance style is used. Basically, San Michele in Isola is considered the first Renaissance building in Venice and probably the main source of inspiration for those who come.

HOW TO GET TO SAN MICHELE IN ISOLA

There are two ACTV boats arriving on the island of San Michele – line ACTV ACTV line 41 and line Line 42. You can take either of two lines at the station and Fondamenta Nove to visit the church and cemetery, get off at the next station, Cimitero San Michele.

BRIDGE OF SIGHTS

On the Bridge of Sighs on Ponte della Paglia, we can still imagine what came over Rio di Palazzo Casanova, from prison towards the Doge’s Palace, on the corner of my eye off outside and panting for freedom.

Venetian adventurer, incarcerated in 1755, was to escape from prison several months later but, for many, this road over the Bridge of Sighs offered perhaps the last glimpse of the outside world.

HISTORY

Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri in Italian), was built in the early seventeenth century by Antonio Contino, Doge Marino Grimani by order, whose coat she wears.

Antonio Contino, descendant of another famous architect – Antonio da Ponte (creator Rialto Bridge), built between 1600 and 1603 of this baroque building in Istria stone that would make the connection between the Doge’s Palace and New Prison, where prisoners were taken for trial.

The bridge became famous because of Lord Byron in the nineteenth century, who painted a romantic poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage called, and all of it is said that he would have left the name as it is known today.

Over time, the Bridge of Sighs Venice will become a well-known symbol with connotations bittersweet, mixing pain and desire for freedom of those who crossed the start, with the hope of eternal love that I feel today the passing beneath it in gondolas. If the latter share a kiss at sunset, even when passing under the bridge will be blessed, they say, with a love that will never die.

Unfortunately at present eastern wing of the Doge’s Palace is under renovation and the works carried out in Piazza San Marco and the surrounding areas will last until 2014. Until then, Bridge of Sighs is surrounded by huge billboards that are not any good.

HOW TO GET TO THE BRIDGE OF SIGHTS

Being glued to the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs can be found easily. Basically, coming from Piazza San Marco, the Ducal Palace in San Giorgio Maggiore Island left and right, climb on the first bridge (Ponte della Paglia), and to see it, look over the Rio di Palazzo canal.

To cross it, you must visit the Doge’s Palace. Although some time ago you could reach the Bridge of Sighs only if you have opted for the Secret Itineraries tour called, now you can reach it with a regular ticket for 12 €. Do not expect, however, that the interior to be as spectacular as the outside.

The nearest is San Zaccaria vaporetto station, where small ships can reach lines ACTV Line 1, Line 2 ACTV, ACTV line 41, line 42 ACTV, ACTV ACTV line 51 or line 52.

PONTE DELLA CONSTITUZIONE

Ponte della Costituzionale was from the beginning, a compromise and also an opportunity to dispute ignited. Venetian public opinion was divided in two to the news that a new bridge will be built over the Grand Canal, just a stone’s throw from Ponte degli Scalzi.

On one side of the barricade stood people who did not understand the usefulness of this bridge and the conservatives, who have not seen the eyes a project as a modern Venice so old and the other side stood those who supported solution proposed by the great architect Santiago Calatrava, both in terms of utility, and modern design.

HISTORY

It all started in 1997, when Santiago Calatrava Venice mayor proposed a bridge project that would make the connection between Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia Railway Station.

Two years later, in 1999, the municipality organized a public competition Venetian design for construction of the fourth bridge over the Grand Canal and the winning project will be, of course, that of Calatrava.

After another few years overshadowed by a debate passionately, on July 28, 2007, the bridge began, with water bringing the two ends of the bridge. On August 8 and was brought to the center, which would be mounted a few days later.

Ponte della Costituzionale will be opened on 11 September 2008, leaving, however, remained a controversial project because of lack of access roads for disabled people.

ARCHITECTURE

The bridge has a total length of 94 meters, a width varying between 9.38 and 17.68 meters and a height of about 10 meters. Its curvature describe an arc with a radius of 180 meters and the construction of steel elements were used, glass and stone of Istria.

Pavement has been specially treated glass slip below and allows lighting to spectacular effect at night.

HOW TO GET TO PONTE DELLA CONSTITUZIONE

As mentioned above, the bridge is located near Santa Lucia Station, Piazzale Roma linking its area. Assuming that’s gone in search of another part of Venice, without at some point passed through the Piazzale Roma, you can use any vaporetto that is going to one of the two points mentioned above.

Specifically, you can choose any of the small ships ACTV Lines Line 1, Line 2 ACTV, ACTV line 41, line 42 ACTV, ACTV line 51, line 52 ACTV, ACTV ACTV line 61 or line DM, stopping at one station Piazzale Roma Santa Chiara, Piazzale Roma Piazzale Roma Scomenzera Paris.

PONTE DEGLI SCALZI

For those arriving for the first time in Venice, the beauty of the city begins to reveal the Ponte degli Scalzi once. It spells out the practical limit of ugly but useful outskirts of Venice, represented by its parking Piazzale Roma with the gray and Santa Lucia train station and the city’s romantic heart beating increasingly louder as you approach the Piazza San Marco.

HISTORY

Ponte degli Scalzi is a relatively new building that connects neighborhoods Cannaregio and Santa Croce. It was built between 1931 and 1934 in place of a metal structure dating from 1858. Another option at the time circulated proposed digging a tunnel under the Canal Grande, which would have facilitated the passage from one shore to another, but would have certainly tarnished the beauty of the landscape that reveals itself today.

ARCHITECTURE

The bridge was designed by architect Eugenio Miozzi. He thought a Renaissance structure that gracefully stretch about 40 meters above the Grand Canal, entirely of white Istrian stone, without any reinforcement.

HOW TO GET TO PONTE DEGLI SCALZI

From Piazzale Roma Ponte degli Scalzi road to take no longer than 5 minutes. If you come from another area of ??the city are more vaporetto stations nearby ferrovie Scalzi, ferrovie Bar ferrovie Rome and Santa Lucia, where small ships can reach lines ACTV Line 1, Line 2 ACTV, ACTV line 41, line 42 ACTV , ACTV ACTV line 51 or line 52.

RIALTO BRIDGE

Canal Grande where they bring the banks closest to glide gently through San Polo and San Marco, the Venetians have sought to build a bridge. And they were all thinking about this thing for a while at one time they did it.

HISTORY

The first bridge built on this place in 1180 was wooden and was supported by boats. It was replaced twice, in 1264 and 1310, all the wooden structures, and collapsed, apparently, all twice, in 1444 under the weight of the crowd that was on it during a ceremony, and in 1521 .

All this was basically training for the stone bridge that was to be born between 1588 and 1591, under the baton of predestined name architect, Antonio da Ponte. He had to design and raise this magnificent bridge which will last until now.

ARCHITECTURE

Rialto Bridge is a stone bridge with many arches that now some stores are crowded jewelry and souvenirs. Two ramps up the sides to meet under the portico of the top romantic, where tourists have the talent to pile up suffocating.

Length is 28.8 meters, height of 7.32 meters and width of 22.9 but not impressive dimensions. The charm comes from elsewhere, and to discover all have to look at a larger scale …

HOW TO GET TO RIALTO BRIDGE

Probably harder to find a public toilet in Venice than the Rialto Bridge. And want to skip over it and give it everything. Arrows to titrate “Per Rialto” are buildings everywhere and regardless of where you start looking you will quickly find a path to it.

If you do not handle or if he is too lazy to do Venice on foot, trying to find the line ACTV vaporetto line 1 (direction Piazzale Roma> South Lido), Get in it and the bridge, get off at Rialto stop. Also, for those comfortable, there ACTV vaporetto line Line 2 (direction San Zaccaria> San Marco Vallaresso).

PIAZZA SAN MARCO

Piazza San Marco is in so famous, that does not really need yet another presentation. Collection of religious symbols, cultural, historical, and a symbol itself, this market is the dream of millions of tourists who are preparing to go. Anyone you ask about Venice, or rather about the most important place in Venice, well, that person would give one answer: Piazza San Marco. So, how many words can be said about it? Maybe a few …

HISTORY

By the ninth century, St. Mark’s Square was only a small free area in front of the Basilica San Marco. This was to be enlarged to form it is currently only in 1177, when two channels were filled interruption. This change was made during the visit of Pope Alexander III and Frederick I Barbarossa Roman Emperor, who met in Venice to sign a truce.

In 1797, Venice was under French occupation and the building Procuratie Nuove in St. Mark’s Square became the residence of Emperor Napoleon and his stepson, Eugene de Beauharnais. Napoleon built a new wing, called Ala Napoleon oriented facing the Basilica of San Marco, San Geminiano demolishing for this church, Jacopo Sansovino’s creation.

Square was paved for the first time in the second half of XII century, the pavers will be replaced only six centuries later, in 1723, when the design architect Andrea Tirali. Pavement would be refreshed in 1890, retaining high Tirali model used.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Piazza San Marco brings together invaluable buildings, as Venetian Doge’s Palace, Basilica San Marco with her impressive architecture, the Clock Tower (Torre Dell’Orologio) Nazionale Marciana Library built by Sansovino, Prosecutor (Procuratie), whose Correr Museum wing host, and last but not least, the bell tower of San Marco, where Venice can be seen from above.

HOW TO GET TO PIAZZA SAN MARCO

And want to bypass the Piazza San Marco, and you would be hard. If you want to get away from any area of ??the city, follow the arrows marked on the walls, with “per San Marco”. In any event, it would be good to have you and a map.

To get to Piazza San Marco on the water, use any of the small ships lines ACTV ACTV line 1 or line 2 to San Marco Vallaresso station or any of the lines ACTV Line 1, Line 2 ACTV, ACTV line 41, line 42 ACTV, ACTV line 51 ACTV line 52 to San Zaccaria station.

CANAL GRANDE

On another scale, of course, the Grand Canal of Venice which offers Nile gave Egypt. Paraphrasing the words of Herodotus, we can say that Venice Grand Canal is the gift that the locals gave to the city beautiful life depended on being decisive for the water it splits into two.

With a length of almost 4 km and a width ranging between 30 and 90 meters, the Grand Canal is the main “boulevard” of Venice, on boats and boats of all kinds constantly browsing, supplying the city with all kinds of goods and … tourists.

A walk along the Grand Canal from end to end thereof, is required when you get to Venice and take the boat that will bring to Piazzale Roma and St. Mark’s Basin, where the Grand Canal flows, remains the most beautiful solution.

HISTORY

Since the ninth century, when Venetians moved to break up the Lido (the Malamocco) in Venice Canal Grande began to be exploited as a navigable route. Of depth makes it suitable for larger boats that otherwise would not be able to get so deep into the city. Starting from this, trade began to flourish on the banks of the channel and many merchants, encouraged by this, they built those buildings called fondachi, which were used both as cargo warehouses, as well as residences.

Later, traders and politicians prosperity began to see the palaces appeared on the banks of the canal. During venetiano-Byzantine remained Ca ‘Farsetti or Ca’ Loredan and during Venetian Gothic anymore Stand Ca ‘d’Oro, Ca’ Foscari and Palazzo Franchetti Cavalli-. Renaissance buildings left behind the Palazzo Dario or Ca ‘Vendramin Calergi, Venice Baroque is the Ca’ Pesaro and Ca ‘Rezzonico, both projects of Baldassarre Longhena and for neoclassicism, we find that such massive Palazzo Grassi.

In terms of bridges built over the Canal Grande, Venetian point where you reveal the fabulous views, they are number four. The first was the Rialto Bridge, built originally in 1181 and then rebuilt several times, followed more than 600 years Ponte dell’Accademia (1854), Ponte degli Scalzi and released in 1934. Recently, in 2008, a fourth bridge would be built over the Canal Grande – Ponte della Costituzionale, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

PUNTA DELLA DOGANA

Punta della Dogana, Punta della Salute known as the Dogana da Mar or, sting Basin San Marco with her sharp form, even at the confluence of the Grand Canal Giudecca Canal. It can be likened to a ship ready for departure to the Adriatic Sea waters, which no longer finds peace near land.

Angular image of the bridge is tempered in part by this church Santa Maria della Salute, which closely watches the latter as an oversized mast which helps maintain direction and gives stability.

HISTORY

In the fifteenth century, Venetian customs was divided in two – land and maritime customs, and both worked together in the Castello, near the Arsenale. At that time, from maritime customs would be relocated in the easternmost point in the Dorsoduro, which, then, bore the name of Punta del Sale, due to salt deposits built here.

In 1631, construction begins near Santa Maria della Salute Church, another building that will face the area. The project is entrusted to architect Baldassarre Longhena.

In 1677, architect Giuseppe Benoni reconstruction starts customs building with plans to add it and a tower. Sculpture by the two Atlas supporting a golden sphere, published this same period, the sculptor Bernardo Falconi, Baldassarre Longhena employee’s normal.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, all through several transformations, including those made during the Austrian occupation or restoration architect Alvise Pigazzi the years 1835-1838.

In 2006, Venetian Hall organizes a contest to choose an institution Punta della Dogana to transform into a center for contemporary art. Palazzo Grassi wins the contest and the building was renovated between 2008 and 2009 by architect Tadao Ando. Since 2009, it will host works of modern art from the collection of François Pinault Foundation.

HOW TO GET TO PUNTA DELLA DOGANA

The nearest vaporetto is welcomed, located on the route line ACTV Line 1. Whether coming from Piazzale Roma on the Canal Grande, or the opposite, from Piazza San Marco, small ships ACTV Line 1 Line offers the best solution for Punta della Dogana to reach.

SAN MICHELE CEMETERY

Almost every time, the last of a road leading to San Michele in Venice. Island, the golden brick wall that surrounds the old cypress that he looked up over his promises tranquility and shade. It’s a bit strange but after constant rustle of Venice, even the living can feel the call.

HISTORY

The cemetery was designed by architect Giovanni Antonio Selva in the early nineteenth century but continues to be used today. To make room for newcomers, old graves are opened and those who were buried in a few decades ago are moving into common crypt.

San Michele cemetery resting in a series of personalities, Russian composer Igor Stravinsky among them, died in 1971, Nobel laureate for literature in 1987, Joseph Brodsky, who died in 1996, and American modernist poet, Ezra Pound, who left the world of straight in 1972.

RECOMMENDATIONS

On entering the cemetery, visitors are asked to observe a set of rules of common sense so as not to disturb the peace of the dead. Dress should be appropriate, conduct the same, and photos are asked to leave appliances to rest while visiting the island. Although you will not be supervised in any way and, theoretically, can do as many photos you want, though sometimes it’s moral to give up digital memories and will only use your eyes and memory to store such an image.

HOW TO GET TO SAN MICHELE’S CEMETERY

To reach the cemetery, take vaporetto line 41 or line ACTV ACTV line 42 from line station and get off at Fondamenta Nove next station, Cimitero San Michele.

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