The city without walls, protected by its lagoon, a mirror of water made of slums, velme, sandbanks and a dense network of canals, whose appearance varies according to the height of the tides. The Venice lagoon has always been a natural barrier against external enemies, a source of security, wealth and power, with its ports, canals and islands.

In the heart of the lagoon was born the city of Venice, the Serenissima, the Dominant, the Queen of the Adriatic. Capital of art and heritage of humanity since 1987, “majestic monument not of a single prince, but of a whole people” (Goethe, Viaggio in Italia, 1816), full of works of art, fascinating glimpses.

The city stands on an archipelago of islands intersected by canals and connected by more than 400 bridges and is unique in the world.

Venice from the eleventh century is divided into six districts: Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Polo, San Marco, Cannaregio and Castello, each of which hides precious treasures.

Dorsoduro extends in the southern part of the city, starts from Punta della Dogana and includes the Giudecca Island, the Zattere and Santa Marta.

There are several points of interest in this neighborhood: the Gallerie dell’Accademia, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Punta della Dogana, Ca ‘Rezzonico, Scuola Grande dei Carmini, Ca’ Foscari, the churches of Gesuati, San Trovaso, San Pantalon , of Ognissanti, of San Nicolò dei Mendicoli, the squero of San Trovaso, Campo Santa Margherita, the bridge of the fists …

Santa Croce is located north-east of the city, and via Piazzale Roma connects Venice to the mainland. Over the centuries this sestiere has undergone numerous transformations, beginning in 1810, with the demolition of the Church and the Monastery of S. Croce, which gave its name to the sestiere itself. Here are the Giardini Papadopoli and San Basilio, the Port of Venice.

Do not miss a visit to the churches of San Nicola da Tolentino, San Giacomo from the Orio, San Stae, San Zan Degolà, San Simeon Grando and San Simeon Piccolo, Ca ‘Pesaro, Palazzo Mocenigo, the Fondaco dei Turks, at the Fontego del Megio …

San Polo takes its name from the Campo di San Polo, the largest in Venice, after Piazza San Marco. It is the smallest sestiere of Venice, full of houses and shops. Here is the Rialto Bridge with the market and the fish market. Among the most beautiful places: the Churches of San Giacomo di Rialto, San Rocco, San Polo, the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and the Great Schools of San Rocco and San Giovanni Evangelista, the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi and the House of Goldoni …

San Marco is the heart of Venice and includes the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Originally the sestiere was called Rivoalto, the original nucleus of the city, the name by which it was called in the distant past the city of Venice (Civitas Rivoalti) just in reference to the islands on which it was founded. Here is the only city square, enclosed by the Procuratie, on which overlook the Palazzo Ducale and the Basilica of San Marco, where the relics of the patron saint of Venice are kept.

Not to be missed, in addition to the Palazzo Ducale and the Basilica of San Marco, the Clock Tower, the Campanile, Museo Correr, the Marciana Library, the Fenice Theater, the Churches of San Moisé, Santo Stefano, Santa Maria del Giglio , Fontego dei Tedeschi, the Bridge of Sighs, the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory of Music, Palazzo Grassi …

Cannaregio is one of the most populated sestieri of Venice. It is located north of the Grand Canal. Here is the Ghetto of Venice, the area that since 1509 was reserved for the Jews, who built their Schòle here. The number 1 of the sestiere is the railway station of Santa Lucia, which takes its name from a church that was demolished during the Napoleonic edicts.

In this sestiere beyond the visit to the Ghetto, reachable by a “sotoportègo” at the foot of the Ponte delle Guglie and on which the iron hinges of the doors that once closed the Ghetto during the night and the synagogues open to the public are still visible visits from the Jewish Museum, you can visit the churches of the Scalzi, of San Giobbe, of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, of the Madonna dell’Orto, of San Marcuola, of Sant’Alvise, the Strada Nova, the Campo dei Mori, Palazzo Labia, Ca ‘d’Oro, Ca’ Vendramin-Calergi, home of the Venice Casino …

Castello is the easternmost district of Venice, on which probably stood the oldest settlement of the Serenissima, the Island of San Pietro, called Olivolo, the ancient religious nucleus of the city. The name Castello derives perhaps from the presence in the past of a fort that surrounded the small island. The largest district of Venice is also partly occupied by the Arsenale, the shipyard of Venice, a true industry, where the ships of the Serenissima were built.

The points of interest of Castello are many: the Cathedral of San Pietro, the Naval Historical Museum, the churches of San Francesco della Vigna, of San Giovanni in Bragora, of San Zaccaria, of Santa Maria Formosa, the Basilica of San Giovanni and Paolo , the School and the Church of San Giorgio dei Greci, Palazzo Querini Stampalia, the Arsenale, the Gardens of the Biennale …

Venice is not only history, art, breathtaking views, but also the city of culture and traditions, with the Biennale of art, dance, cinema and architecture, the symphonic season at the Teatro della Fenice, the Historical Regatta, the Redeemer, the Carnival, and the city to taste with its typical dishes, to be discovered every season.


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Padua is one of the oldest cities in Italy, but in its streets there is a fascinating and constant dialogue between ancient and modern, tradition and avant-garde. In its dynamic urban fabric we can find examples of medieval, renaissance, neoclassical and modern architecture.

Padua is an effervescent city rich in history, art, culture and vitality. Visiting the city of Padua is to breathe the spirituality of its churches, the scents of its teeming markets, and at the same time the dynamism of life.

To visit Padua is to immerse yourself in the masterpieces of the art of every time, in the millenary history of the city, in the versatility of the sciences …

Among the many points of interest, not to be missed is the visit to the Scrovegni Chapel, the Civic Museums to the Eremitani and the Eremitani Church, the Palazzo della Ragione and the surrounding squares, the Duomo and the Baptistery, the University and the Caffè Pedrocchi, the Basilica del Santo, the Oratory of San Giorgio, the Scoletta and the Antoniani Museums, the Botanical Garden, the Prato della Valle and the Basilica of Santa Giustina, the walls and the gates of Padua …


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Murano, Burano and Torcello



Murano, Burano e Torcello

Murano stands on a system of islands joined by bridges and is crossed inside by a Grand Canal. This island in the Venetian Lagoon is famous throughout the world for the artistic creations of master glassmakers who usually open the doors of their shops, for this reason it is also called the island “of the fires”, for the many furnaces that live there. The ancient Murano until the eighteenth century, was an island very rich in vegetable gardens, canals, churches (as many as 17!), Noble residences, hospices and convents.

Like Burano and Torcello, Amuranium, its ancient name, was one of the centers of the Venetian Lagoon founded by the refugees of Altino, who escaped from the barbarian invasions.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century many ancient buildings were destroyed or mutilated. Following the economic recovery linked to the art of glass making, new buildings were built in place of the gardens, and many canals were buried.

Today there are only three monumental churches (Santa Maria and Donato, San Pietro Martire, Santa Maria Degli Angeli), while the remains of some other churches such as Santa Chiara, San Maffio and Santo Stefano are visible. To these is added the oratory of Saints Joseph and Teresa with the nearby hospice Briati.

Among the Murano palaces stand out Palazzo da Mula, with decorations dating back to the XII-XIII century, Palazzo Giustiniani, the ancient seat of the Bishops of Torcello and now home to the Glass Museum, and finally Palazzo Trevisan, in Palladian style.

The island has a lighthouse, a cylindrical construction in Istrian stone.
Despite its internal position with respect to the sea, it has the role of illuminating the Lido harbor. During the early Middle Ages, the lighthouse was made of wood and with the fires lit it served to illuminate the Lagoon.

At the end of the XIII century it was decided that the glassworks in Venice (already active before one thousand) were transferred to Murano for safety reasons, since the ovens of the laboratories were often responsible for disastrous fires in Venetian houses, built mainly in wood.

From this moment on the island of Murano became known worldwide for the processing of glass and became a holiday destination for artists and for many aristocratic families, who built villas, palaces, churches and monasteries here.

Having transferred the glass factories from Venice to Murano served the Serenissima to better control the production and keep under control the master glassmakers, who could leave the island only with a special permit.

The island can be reached by ACTV public transport, both from Piazzale Roma and from Fondamenta Nuove.

Points of interest: Santa Maria and Donato, San Pietro Martire, Santa Maria Degli Angeli, Palazzo da Mula, Glass Museum, Faro and the glassworks.


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The island of Burano is located at the center of the northern lagoon. Its territory consists of four islands, connected by seven bridges. The island of Burano is also joined by a bridge, recently rebuilt, in Mazzorbo which in turn includes two islands, also connected to each other.

During the first Gothic and then Lombard invasions, the populations of the mainland, those of Oderzo and Altino, took refuge in the islands of the northern lagoon in the 6th century. Following the occupation of their city, in 639, the opitergines founded Civitas Nova, seat of the new government, while the Altinati moved their religious headquarters to Torcello, maintaining the episcopal title to Altino. From this moment Torcello became an important island, while Burano was a minor center. However, the island of Burano was never uninhabited and is currently the most populous island in the northern lagoon.

Born as an island of fishermen, boats moored along banks and canals show how fishing was, and continues to be, the main activity on the island, followed by shipbuilding with the typical squeri, craft workshops where they still make rowing boats.

However, since the Renaissance period knows fame thanks to the art of lace. The lace was in fact used as an ornament for household goods and for women’s clothes, and from a simple pastime of noblewomen and women religious here in Burano, and in other islands of the Venetian lagoon, it became a real profession for the female population. In 1872 the School of Lace was established in Burano. In its headquarters today stands the Lace Museum.

Burano is famous today also for its colorful houses. In fact each family paints their home with intense colors to distinguish it from the others and make it recognizable from afar.

The town of Burano is still divided into five fractions connected by bridges: San Martino Destro, San Martino Sinistro, San Mauro, Giudecca and Terranova that are separated from each other by their respective channels: Rio Ponticello, Rio Zuecca and Rio Terranova.

The center of the island is Piazza Baldassare Galuppi (famous eighteenth-century musician called the Buranello) made by burying a canal, which overlooks the 16th century Church of San Martino with the adjacent Santa Barbara Oratory, which houses the most important collection of works of the island. Next to the church stands the eighteenth-century bell tower, characteristic for its steep slope.

In Piazza Galuppi there is also the Museum of Lace, a space that today offers not only the exhibition of pieces of great value, but also the possibility of observing from real the working techniques offered by lace makers, even today depository of this art and present in the morning in the museum.

Points of interest: Piazza Baldassarre Galuppi, Church of San Martino, Oratory of Santa Barbara, Museum of Lace, colored houses, “Pescaria Vecia”.


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The island of Torcello is one of the islands of the northern lagoon of Venice. It was an important city and a bishop’s seat until the mid-seventeenth century, of which today only the vestiges remain, in memory of the ancient past.

The history of Torcello dates back to Roman times, when probably the island was the outlet to the sea of ​​the ancient city of Altino.

And the inhabitants of this city took refuge there in the seventh century, founding the famous toric basilica of Santa Maria in the far 639.

Between the seventh and tenth centuries Torcello owes its greatest development thanks to trade, salt, metallurgical, glass and wool industries.

During the following centuries, however, the centralization of economic activities in Venice and the gradual swamping of the lagoon led to the decadence of the island.

There are few monuments that bear witness to the flourishing history of the island: the monumental complex composed of the Cathedral
dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, from the remains of the Baptistery and from the nearby Church of Santa Fosca; the remains of the Monastery of San Giovanni Evangelista, the Throne of Attila, the Palazzo del Consiglio and the Palazzo dell’Archivio, now home to the Torcello Museum, which is home to numerous Roman, Byzantine and medieval remains scattered throughout the island.

In the Medieval and Modern Section are preserved early Christian, early medieval and medieval finds, whose provenance
Torcello and the islands that surround it, for the most part practically ascertained.

On the other hand, the Archaeological Section houses finds found in the Veneto area and in the lagoon area, as well as materials of various origins including a series of Egyptian statuettes, covering a chronological arc that ranges from the Palaeolithic to Late Roman times.

The island is now inhabited by a dozen people and lives mainly on tourism. There is also the famous Locanda Cipriani, which has hosted in the past famous people such as Queen Elizabeth II of England, Prince Charles and Lady Diana, the soprano Maria Callas, the President of the Republic Sandro Pertini, the comedian and actor Charlie Chaplin and the writer Ernest Hemingway.

The American writer has been staying in the inn many times since 1948. Here he loved to relax and from here he set off for hunting in the lagoons around Torcello. It was also here that the writer wrote the novel “Beyond the river and among the trees”.

Points of interest: Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Baptistery, Church of Santa Fosca, Torcello Museum, Throne of Attila and Ponte del Diavolo.


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Pellestrina and Venice Beach




Lido and Pellestrina are the coastal cords that mark the border between the Venice lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. Like all the islands of the lagoon, they have contributed to the history of Venice, protecting it from the fury of the sea and from enemy invasions. They were the headquarters of monasteries and convents, places not only for prayer but for culture and knowledge; hospitals and lazzaretti sites, places to stop the infection and stop epidemics.

Skilled hunters at the beginning of the story (Malamocco’s heraldic coat of arms shows the effigy of a deer), the inhabitants of these coastal cords learned about the lagoon, exploiting its resources and navigating it with flat-bottomed boats, driven by oars or sails.




The island of Pellestrina is a thin strip of land suspended for 11 kilometers between the Adriatic Sea and the Venice Lagoon. This small fishing village is characterized by colorful houses, on the lagoon side, by the Murazzi and the sandy beaches frequented by its inhabitants, on the sea side. It can be reached by ferry from Chioggia with line 11.

The island can be traveled on foot, by bus or by bike, just take the road along the lagoon or along the walls.

Here everyone knows each other, the doors of the house are almost always open, the air smells of the sea and often of grilled fish, because the islanders use to roast the fish outdoors, in front of the doorstep.

The coastal Cordon of Pellestrina is formed by the Natural Reserve of the Lipu of Ca ‘Roman, to the South, the inhabited centers of Pellestrina, with its districts of Busetto, Vianello, Zennaro and Scarpa, formed by the four families sent by the mayor of Chioggia to repopulate the island devastated by the Genoese in the war against Venice after 1380; Portosecco, where it is not uncommon, walking in the summer, see the ladies sitting in the street talking, creating beautiful pillow lace, a cylindrical pillow, intertwining their spindles; San Pietro in Volta, with the eighteenth-century church, low houses, vegetable gardens and vineyards; and finally Santa Maria del Mare, the green lung to the north of the island, rich in tamarisks, poplars and fruit trees.

Characteristic of the island are the Murazzi, mighty Istrian stone embankments, one of the most impressive sea defenses erected in the eighteenth century by the Serenissima to face the storms. The history of the Murazzi and the flood of 1966 are told through reconstructions, photos and films in the small Museum of the South Lagoon, obtained in the former Goldoni school of San Pietro in Volta (visit by reservation). Today the Murazzi are frequented by those who love sunbathing in peace.

The island of Pellestrina is also famous for its typical restaurants and its fishing cuisine, based on freshly caught fish: schie, shrimp, eel or cuttlefish, appetizers of mantis shrimp and scallops, and then fish pie, fried calamari, cuttlefish stew, grilled accompanied by vegetables grown in the gardens of the lagoon.

To savor the best of pellestrinotta hospitality and immerse yourself in a real village festival, just land on the island for the Feast of St. Peter, at the end of June, the feast of Our Lady of Appearance, at the beginning of August, or the Feast of Saint Stefano, patron of Portosecco, which ends August 15: the inhabitants celebrate with tasty fish dishes, games, music and the traditional Venetian rowing regattas.

On the first Sunday of August there is the traditional Pellestrina regatta, a highly anticipated event that attracts hundreds of rowing enthusiasts to the island.

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Patronal festivals:

25 June – 2 July – St. Pietro in Volta, St. Pietro Apostolo Square, Patronal festival of St. Pietro; pdf programma

Sant’Antonio Festival: 7-9 July – Pellestrina, St. Antonio’s Parish, Festival of St. Antonio; pdf programma

Redeemer’s Festival: 15 July, with fireworks display;

Feast of Our Lady of the Apparition: 3 – 6 August – Pellestrina, Ognissanti Square;

Feast of St. Stephen 11- 15 August  – Pellestrina, Portosecco Square.

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Lido di Venezia

The island of Lido is a thin strip of land that stretches for 12 kilometers between the port of Malamocco to the south and the port of San Nicolò to the north and marks the border between the lagoon of Venice to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east.

The population centers of the island are: Lido, Malamocco and Alberoni.

On foot or by bike, from San Nicolò, the western end of the Lido, you can stroll along the wide tree-lined avenues and then along the seafront towards the port of Malamocco, looking over the villas and grand hotels in Art Nouveau and Decò style. The island of Lido, in fact, at the beginning of the ‘900, knew how to renew itself, becoming that ambitious holiday destination chosen by the European nobility.
The Lido then became famous for the prestigious International Film Festival, the festival that since 1932, between the end of August and the beginning of September, draws on the island the great international stars, proposing annually reviews, projections, press conferences, parties and gala evenings. But the Lido is not only this: there are also beautiful beaches, awarded for years with the Blue Flag. The long sandy coastline is dotted with Forts and Military Batteries, so important was the defensive purpose of the island. To reach the Alberoni, the whole promenade is crossed and climbs on the Murazzi, Istrian stone fortifications built in 1751 to defend the coast and the lagoon from the storms. Here you come across the bizarre sculptures made by the locals with salvage material brought from the sea. The picturesque medieval village of Malamocco, the first settlement on the island, looks like a “little Venice” with canals, calli and campielli, whose fish taverns were frequented by Mario Soldati, Fellini and Hugo Pratt. To visit the Palazzo del Podestà, permanent exhibition site of archaeological finds on the history of the Lido.

Continuing to the south end of the island you reach the WWF Dune degli Alberoni Oasis, nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the lagoon, whose name derives from the large trees that are clearly visible for those arriving from the sea and signaling the entrance to the port. -channel. The oasis contains one of the largest and best preserved dune systems on the coasts of the Upper Adriatic, with dunes up to ten meters high; paths cross the pine forest that grows for 30 hectares in the reserve, where they find their habitat species of unique flora and fauna.


You can reach the islands of Pellestrina and Lido by taking the ferry line 11 with boarding at Chioggia, Piazza vigo.

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