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Venice: The Germans' warehouse between the past and the future. Stepping back into the past, let's try to imagine the peculiar life in Venice, when this city was the most important commercial center between the East and the West: merchants coming, merchants leaving, peasants and nobles trying to get the best goods at the best prices, people chatting in a number of different languages. Several are the reasons why Venice became in the Middle Ages a cosmopolitan, international Republic, where locals would live and cooperate with foreigners. The Venetian merchants who imported goods from Oriental countries along the Silk Road and across the seas would be followed by foreign merchants coming from all over, and the latter would try to sell their own goods or to purchase the Venetian ones. Quite frequently, these foreigners would establish their own commercial companies in Venice and would remain in town forever. Read more arrow_forward Merchants and goods: precious cloth in Venice Venice, a city of merchants... Spices, vases, luxury items, precious cloths...

The merchant used to sell his goods in the portego, the largest room in his palazzo, a room full of light, the most suitable for displaying luxury merchandise of high quality. Among the goods that distinguished Venice in the European market a relevant place was occupied by cloth of different sorts, imported from the East or from the North and also woven in town by skilful artisans.
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Burano Island: a Little Jewel in the Venetian Lagoon Hi there! Today the three of us have decided to rest a little: we are going to Burano! The name of this island is frequently associated with the history and the legends of laces and the incredibly skillful lace makers... But this is not our concern today in the Northern Lagoon. We will sure write about it, possibly in the nearest future. Today we have planned to relax and enjoy the quiet atmosphere present in this island. Read more arrow_forward Curious Sculptures in Venice Walking around Venice, you can see quite frequently statues, high-reliefs and bas-reliefs, marble or Istria stone decorations on the façades of houses, palazzosand churches. Both in the hidden corners of Venice and in the most popular areas, we are literally surrounded by sculptures that remain frequently unnoticed by visitors. Sometimes tourists do take pictures of them, although not knowing their meaning and their history. With this post we would like to introduce some sculptures that are well known by the Venetians in general and by tour guides in particular.

Let us start from an area that is not normally included in the typical tours: Campo Dei Mori, in the Cannaregio district.
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From Venice to the United States of America: Thomas Jefferson’s admiration for Andrea Palladio Palladio, Thomas Jefferson, the White House, the American Renaissance… do all these names have something in common? Is there a fil rouge, connecting all of them? Yes, there is, undoubtedly! In this post we start from the Veneto region to end up in the New World, in search for a unique cultural heritage. Read more arrow_forward Coco Chanel in Venice On September 17, 2016 an exceptional exhibit started in Ca' Pesaro (the museum of Contemporary Art of Venice): "The Woman Who Reads", which presents quite a singular portrait of Gabrielle Chanel. We all know Coco, but this exhibit focalizes on a fairly unknown aspect of this famous stylist, a woman who has completely transformed the world of fashion, showing revolutionary courage in making totally innovative choices. Read more arrow_forward