Tag Archives: Venice

If You Love Me, Take Me to Villa Barbarigo at Valsanzibio

Why? Well, first, it is just the name. It takes a few minutes to get your mouth around all of those syllables! And there is more where that comes from.

It was built by

the head of a Venetian noble family, Zuane Francesco Barbarigo

Try saying that three times very quickly. More important, this is paradise on earth if you  love gardens.

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Want more?

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Myra Robinson can tell you much more.



Going Crazy for Nascero in Venice!

Venice has a problem. Too many tourists surge into the city every day. That has many negative effects, and one of them is the quality of its restaurants. They need not please to get return business from the next wave from the tour boats.

But there are ways to get around this. With a bit of help, you can find places that cater to locals. The prices are not insance and the quality is better. So where to find this help? Anna Lebedeva is your guide.

She offers this short post that opens up Venice for you. And it describes what Nascero is all about!

Check it out!

Catajo Castle – Another Reason to Visit Venice

I have written before that I think Venice is broken. Far too many cruise ships and day trippers. The lagoon is overloaded.

Oddly, the same words do not apply to the area around Venice. No one goes there. They might start now that Sergio Cervellin has purchased  Catajo Castle and is spending a bundle to renovate it for public visitors.

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It is, shall we say, imposing? And it is loaded with fantastic things.

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Here is the poop.

Go for it!

Living Up to Venice

Venice is, of course, one of the most intriguing and beautiful cities on earth. And because of that, it is dying.

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The problem is that instead of treasuring it, we are exploiting it. Consider – Venice has only 54,000 residents in its center city area. And it is taking in around 30,000,000 tourists every year. This is just too many people. Worse still are the cruise ships that disgorge large numbers of tourists who have already eaten and slept, and who just wander around for a few hours and then leave.  And these folks arrive only at peak tourist season.

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The trend is not good. CityHub gets into the challenges. The good news – local citizens are starting to demand changes in policy so that tourism does not totally destroy what is left of the city.  The piece ends this way

Saving Venice from submerging in a toxic mess of over-exploitation is nonetheless something that many people should care about, regardless of whether they have visited or plan to. Venice, after all, is concrete proof that, far from being completely awful, humans are in fact ingenious, cultured, resourceful, and creative beings. We’re capable of both engineering a great city from unpromising tide-lashed swamp mud and of making that city an unparalleled hub of architectural genius and social experimentation. It’s a happy miracle that this strange aquatic city is still a living organism, a place whose intricacy of invention and gut-punchingly intense beauty can make onlookers involuntarily giggle with sheer delight. Beleaguered as it may be, Venice is still the best of us. We can’t let it drown.

Amen brother!


Marshaling the Music of Venice

Stephen Moss continues his wonderful series for the Guardian, where he writes of the great musical works that are connected to European cities. His most recent article is about the music of Venice. This gives a flavor

The history of opera, as @PositivistDinosaur notes, is virtually inseparable from the history of Venice, which was still a powerful city state when Monteverdi was setting out the possibilities of the art form. Venice’s opera house, La Fenice, gave the premieres of several operas which are now part of the bedrock of the repertoire – La Traviata, Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, The Rake’s Progress, The Turn of the Screw.

La Fenice was burned down in 1996 in an arson attack, but was rebuilt in its original form and reopened eight years later (Fenice means phoenix in Italian, and the theatre was so named because it replaced another that had burned down in 1774). Inevitably, when La Fenice reopened in 2004, the first production staged in the restored house was Traviata.

Enjoy! Next stop is Helsinki!