Vivere a Venezia, o semplicemente visitarla, significa innamorarsene e nel cuore non resta più posto per altro.
Peggy Guggenheim


The Grand Canal

Canal Grande dal Ponte dell'AccademiaThe Grand Canal is the main water way in Venice.  It is the city’s most beautiful show piece and has been called “the most beautiful ‘road’, with the most splendid buildings that exists in the world” by  Philippe de Commynes. In fact the canal is lined with city’s most breathtaking palaces and churches.

The Crociferi Oratory

Oratorio dei CrociferiThis little yellow building with its traditional Venetian chimneys  was founded in the 12th century as a hospital for pilgrims and crusaders on their way to the Holy Land.  It then became an institute for poor women.  Later it became the oratory.  It is a small jewel of late Mannerist paintings and examples of work by Jacopo Palma il Giovane.

The Music Room of the Ospedaletto

Il trionfo della Musica - affresco sala della musicaThis room is one of the few things that remain of the Little Hospital for the Infirm (Ospedaletto dei Derelitti).  It was built by the Republic in 1527 as a charitable institute to aid the sick, old, educate orphans and abandoned young girls.  Today it belongs to the IRE which has transformed it into an old people’s rest home.

Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

Scuola di San Giovanni EvangelistaThe Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, iso ne of the oldest large schools of Venice.  It represents the most important Venetian lay institution mainly for the relic that it holds – the Relics of the Holy Cross but also for its works. 

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Scuola Grande San Rocco - facciataThe Scuola Grande di San Rocco, was dedicated to the protector of  plague vicitms. It is a beautiful Rennaissance building whose interiori s rich with works of art by TintorettoGiorgione, Tiziano, Giambattista Tiepolo  and wooden sculptures by Francesco Pianta.

Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni

Scuola San Giorgio Schiavoni - facciataThe school is also called the Scuola Dalmata di San Giorgio e Trifone, and can be found in the district of Castello near the Bridge della Commenda at the beginning of the Calle dei Furlani. It was one of the occupational and devotional schools of Venice and is now a gallery.

The Santa Maria della Carita Complex

The Santa Maria della Carita ComplexThe complex can be found in the district of Dorsoduro at the foot of the Accademia Bridge.  It is made up of the church, the convent of the Canonici Lateranensi  and the Scuola Grande whose rooms, now communicating, house the Accademia Gallery

Scuola Grande of San Marco

Scuola Grande of San Marco The Scuola Grande of San Marco,  overlooks the large square called Campo Santi Giovanni and Paolo.  It iso ne of the most important Renaissance architectural works in Venice. 
Today it is used as the entrance to Venice city’s main hospital called St Giovanni and Paolo.

The Bridge of Pugni (or fists)

The Bridge of Pugni (or fists)This bridge in Dorsoduro, not far from Campo San Barnaba, was once without railings.  It was used in competitive boxing fights between two rival factions in Venice with the prime aim to wrestle your opponent into the water.  The two factions were the Nicolotti from San Nicolò dei Mendicoli  and the Castellani from San Pietro di Castello.
The battle became known as the War of Fists.

Scuola Grande of St Teodoro

Scuola Grande of St TeodoroThis is the sixth large school or Scuola Grande in Venice.  It can be found in Campo San Salvador, in the San Marco district and near the church of San Salvador.

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