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The Best Art Museums in Dorsoduro

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The Best Art Museums in Dorsoduro

When it comes to art collections, there are very few cities which could give Venice a run for its money. Never has a city contained more superlative art, or inspired more magnificent artists, than this most breathtaking Italian pearl. The suburb of Dorsoduro, just south of San Marco, is the artistic heart of the city and has the highest concentration of museums, private collections and galleries; ideal for anyone who wants to experience the most creative side of the Venice. Considered by some to be the most picturesque corner of the city, Dorsoduro boasts an enviable skyline, great dining and shopping options and is but a swim stroke away from Venice’s historic centre. Book your holiday rental apartment in Dorsoduro when visiting Venice and enjoy an invaluable journey through the city’s most iconic art museums. Dorsoduro’s colossal art-de-resistance is the Gallerie dell’Accademie, a museum showcasing an insanely large collection of Renaissance paintings and sculptures. Sumptuous feasts for the eyes, the works housed in the gallery span a period of over 400 years, and include works by some of the most prominent Venetian artists of all time including Bellini and Carpaccio. In room 10 is where you can admire Veronese’s famous ...

Discover off the beaten path Giudecca, Venice

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Discover off the beaten path Giudecca, Venice

Giudecca, a long and narrow island framing the southern edge of Venice, is often overlooked by tourists, who prefer to be in the city’s uttermost centre. While this is obviously just fine, visitors should keep in mind that sometimes, the most authentic experiences are to be found just outside the most visited areas of town. Giudecca is testament to the fact that every city, especially one as old as Venice, boasts many diverse facets and experiencing just one means you’ll be doing it, and yourself, a great disservice. Throughout its past, Giudecca has been a fishing village, an artists’ playpen and an industrial hub. Its recent revival, back towards the more artistic side of Venice, has seen it flourish once more, and many locals attest that Giudecca is the real Venice minus the tourist crowds and the sellers of glow-in-the-dark plastic gondolas. Want to get a taste of the real Venice before it too disappears? Then book your holiday rental apartment or villa in Giudecca and discover a most authentic side of this Italian treasure. Spend your days exploring the most famous sights, and make sure you dedicate some time discovering the most hidden treasures of Venice found right here ...

Culinary Delights in Castello, Venice

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Culinary Delights in Castello, Venice

Castello is Venice’s largest district and is home to some of the most precious architectural and historical attractions in the whole city. Located north-east of St. Mark’s Square, Castello is a fantastic area to stay in if you want to discover and experience a truly authentic Venetian holiday....of a culinary kind. Book your holiday rental in Castello and you’ll have the very best of Venice right at your fingertips. Follow our guide to the area’s best epicurean treats and you too can enjoy the bella vita during your Venice vacation. Corte Sconta, 3886 Calle Del Pestrin Corte Sconta is renowned as one of Venice’s best seafood restaurants, but it may be a little hard to find. The restaurant’s entry is unassuming and hides its treasures from the outside world in beautiful fashion. Once inside, take a seat in the gorgeous outdoor terrace and step into a heavenly garden enclave. As with most ‘local’ restaurants, Corte Sconta never bothers to print a menu as it uses only the freshest ingredients available at the daily produce markets. What that means for you, is that you need only order the ‘seafood antipasti’ platter and then sit back and drool in anticipation! What you will ...

Trendy Bars in the Cannaregio area, Venice

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Trendy Bars in the Cannaregio area, Venice

There’s something about the magical floating city of Venice that seems to transcend time and trends. It oozes romance from every cobblestone, bridge and square, and is a dream holiday destination even in the middle of August, when it is completely overrun by hordes of tourists from all over the world. Having said that, there is a way you can steal a little quiet corner of this most treasured Italian city all to yourself. Book your a Venice apartment in the northern area of Cannaregio and not only will you be just a stone throw away from all the major sites, but you’ll also have the chance to experience the most genuine part of the city. Away from all the hustle and bustle of St. Mark’s Square lies a suburb enriched in history, culture and authenticity. Cannaregio is home to the historic Jewish Quarter (the first of its kind in Europe); and this most eclectic residential sestiere is brimming with unique and non-touristy restaurants, cafés, boutique and a host of fresh produce markets. So if you’re looking for an epitome Venetian holiday off the beaten path...this may just be the place for you. While we could all agree that there’s no better ...

A Short History of the Venice Biennale Art Festival

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A Short History of the Venice Biennale Art Festival

Long considered a quintessential contemporary art exhibition, the Venice Biennale Art Festival draws in hundreds of artists and hundreds of thousands visitors to its shoreline every other (odd) year. Should you be planning a holiday in Venice, keep in mind that the next Biennale will be held in the spring of 2013, however, various ‘parts’ of the exhibition are actually presented every few months (of every year); so research a particular artistic discipline you’re interested in, and then book that perfect vacation rental accordingly. What started as a simple showcase of local Italian artists in 1894 has morphed into the most prestigious exhibition the world has ever seen. International interest in the Biennale was sparked soon after the exhibitions began, with curators showing preference for increasingly new, and innovative, art representations. Whilst this show may have relied almost entirely on decorative arts at the start, its transition into modern art, and all that is visually appealing was quite swift. By the early 1900s there were already several countries represented, yet the exhibition gained its premium momentum in the years between the two World Wars. By the mid-30s art disciplines like music, cinema and theatre were included, which saw the inception of the world-famous ...

A short history of the Rialto Bridge, Venice

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A short history of the Rialto Bridge, Venice

Venice, the famous Italian merchant city, has enjoyed a long and illustrious history and continues to inspire all who visit with its majestic architecture, mysterious atmosphere and awe-inspiring beauty. Venice’s bridges are possibly the most iconic sites in the floating city, and none have received more praise than the Rialto Bridge. Choose your Venice holiday apartment here to discover first-hand its amazing history. The Rialto Bridge is an epitome symbol of all that is so wonderfully Italian: stunning, inspiring and utterly romantic It is the oldest bridge crossing the Grand Canal and stands today as testament that a little vision and risk-taking can go a long way into creating history. Indeed, the bridge was initially considered by most to be ugly and unstable; yet 500 years later it still reigns supreme and is, alongside St Mark’s Square, the most visited tourist attraction in Venice. A gondola ride under the Rialto Bridge is the stuff of dreams, and an activity not to be missed while on a Venice holiday. The first bridge of Venice was built on this site in 1180, and its construction greatly facilitated trade between the two major fractions of the municipality: San Polo and San Marco. That is, of ...

Why I would return to Venice by Sara Nolan

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Why I would return to Venice by Sara Nolan

To my young and naive self, Venice epitomised romance. Gondoliers singing romantic songs in the sunset, candlelit dinners at the side of the sparkling canals, bohemian artists, musicians and writers, pretty little streets; so much to delight the senses. I could barely contain my excitement when my husband announced that we were off to Venice.The day finally dawned, visions of the romantic time ahead of us swimming around my head, my newly practised Italian rolling off my tongue – well I could ask for a table for two, order a drink and say please and thank you at least. We crammed on to the vaporetto (Venetian water bus), the cool air of the water providing a welcome breeze in the hot sun, and headed straight for St Marks Square. Venice suddenly just hit me. No other way to describe it. My senses, instantly aroused with the hustle and bustle, street musicians, throngs of people, heat and most of all the smell. This wasn’t the romantic notion I had nurtured all these years. In my romantic dreams the canals were sparkling blue and not at all smelly, there weren’t hordes of tourists, there weren't pigeons everywhere and the associated mess that goes ...

Why I Would Return to Venice

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Why I Would Return to Venice

The summer I turned 16, I spent three weeks studying English in the south coast of England. Of course studying was really just an excuse for the other activities like finding a summer romance. Mine was Italian, and incidentally, he was from from Venice. After the course finished, I returned to my native Finland and to the normal life of a small town teenager. Summer generated boredom with long, jobless days, broken by the embarrassingly romantic texts my Italian boy was sending me. The boys I was used to hanging out with wouldn’t be caught dead saying the things he said. Ultimately what he says is: Why don’t you come to Venice for a holiday? I decided to go with a friend, because while I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to see this boy, I knew that I wanted to see Venice. Upon our arrival in Milan we caught a night train to Venice and slept in a small cabin until morning. When it turned light but foggy outside, we arrived in Venice. Stepping out of the railway station at 6am is nothing short of breathtaking. Just seconds earlier, I was inside a railway station. And then… well then I’m inside a ...

Food Glorious Food: The Rialto Market in Venice

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Food Glorious Food: The Rialto Market in Venice

As magical as the city of Venice is, La Serenissima doesn’t have the best reputation for eating out. Sure, there are some legendary restaurants such as Harry’s Bar and the Cipriani, but in the whole finding good, good-value food happens more by accident that design. Luckily Venice does have one the country’s great fresh produce markets; the Rialto. Spilling out from the streets underneath the famous bridge of the same name, shopping at the Rialto market is one of the most ‘local’ experiences you can have in Venice. The Rialto market is closely entwined in the city’s history and has occupied its position near the banks of the Grand Canal for almost a millennium. As Venetian merchants established their trading networks across the Adriatic and beyond, the Rialto area became an important commercial hub. And although the Rialto market has reduced greatly in size since Venice’s Golden Age, it still puts on one of the city’s greatest shows. By dawn, large barges arrive carrying fruit, vegetables and fish, which leads to a cacophony of screaming as vendors bargain for the best prices. Huge carts of produce are then hauled to either the Erberia (fruit and vegetable market) or the Pescheria (or fish ...

Why I would return to Venice by Miodrag Kojadinovic

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Why I would return to Venice by Miodrag Kojadinovic

I was 15 when I travelled to Venice by a hydrofoil from Umago in Istria, where I was on a seaside holiday from my native Serbia. It was a day trip, and the ticket was pre-paid, but it was still a fantastic feeling of freedom. Previously, I’d only been to a few countries with my parents, but I had not been allowed to travel abroad alone before.So I felt privileged to make this first foreign trip ‘on my own’ in the old way (almost like Argonauts!) aboard a ship (even though mine was much faster than theirs!) and to reach one of the world's most unique cities, once the ‘Queen of the Seas’, by water, and not overland. Venice is a miracle. Few other cities remotely resemble it, but none outshine its uniqueness in the beauty of its palaces, the richness of its paintings and sculptures, and the most ornate, bizarre cathedral in four different styles. Equally unique, and bizarre, is the manner of navigating (literally) its locales. Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Bangkok also have an aquatic abundance, but they also have either many more bridges or are not completely built at roughly the same time around the banks of canals. So whilst ...

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