Romancing the Queen of the Adriatic Part 3
Posted by Elizabeth D’Costa on 14th, September 2012

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Holidays In Venice
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The Venice Baroque Orchestra and the orchestra of Teatro La Fenice (Theatre of the Phoenix) are the best known in the country. Apart from opera and ballet, La Fenice also holds at least two seasons of concert every year and is one of the best known European opera houses. The Teatro Malibran also has its own chamber music season. Venice Museums Pass Several museums can be visited on a pass that gives entry into 11 museums in the city including two on Murano and Burano islands.

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  1. 1. Romancing the Queen of the Adriatic Part 3 Posted by Elizabeth D’Costa on 14th, September 2012 Welcome back to part 3 on Romancing the Queen of the Adriatic. In part 2 we cover tips and places to Holidays In Venice Italy 4. BRIDGE OF SIGHS The bridge began construction in 1600 and was designed by Antonio Contino. It was supposed to connect the old interrogation rooms in Doge’s Palace to the new prison situated across the river. This connection is one of the reasons it gets its name. Prisoners who took their last breath of freedom were supposed to have sighed here on the bridge that marked the final chapter in the lives of many. The overwhelming beauty of the bridge and its architectural details also makes it a very romantic spot. It was believed that if a couple kisses under the bridge, while drifting on a gondola below, they would enjoy eternal love. The lover’s ‘sigh’ is a probable origin of the bridge’s name. A tour through the Doge’s Palace includes the Bridge of Sighs. 5. EXPLORE THE ART AND MUSIC Galleria Dell’ Accademia Some of the great Venetian paintings made between 14-18th century are housed here. It is one of city’s largest museums holding a treasured collection of Venice’s art and culture. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is Italy’s most important museum dedicated to contemporary art. It contains the most extensive 20th century art collection of Ms Guggenheim that includes the works of European and American artists like Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, etc. Housed in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, the museum was opened in 1980 and has had many more works added to its collection since then. Ca’d’Ora was actually a magnificent palazzo built in 1430 belonging to Marino Contarini. Visit Venice Italy | What To Do In Venice Italy
  2. 2. Holidays In Venice It had a Venetian Gothic style of architecture with intricate detailing on the exteriors that included usage of gold, ultramarine and vermilion; which is also why it gets its name, meaning ‘house of gold’. The house was destroyed and underwent restoration until the last owner Baron Franchetti bequeathed the palazzo to the State of Venice. Today the Ca’d’Ora is open to visitors as a museum containing most of the baron’s art collections including the works of Titian, Giorgione and Tintoretto. Musica A Palazzo Situated in the Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto, this opera house offers you a choice of three operas to view every day of the week. The quaint opera rooms and a small audience of around 50, make it extremely personal. With complimentary wine being served during intermissions and engaging singers with beautiful costumes, it forms an unforgettable experience for both opera and music lovers. The Venice Baroque Orchestra and the orchestra of Teatro La Fenice (Theatre of the Phoenix) are the best known in the country. Apart from opera and ballet, La Fenice also holds at least two seasons of concert every year and is one of the best known European opera houses. The Teatro Malibran also has its own chamber music season. Venice Museums Pass Several museums can be visited on a pass that gives entry into 11 museums in the city including two on Murano and Burano islands. 6. RIALTO BRIDGE This was the only way across the Grand Canal on foot for almost 300 years. Built in 1591, the bridge was originally made of wood and supported on boats. The bridge was rebuilt in 1264 and 1310; however, it was converted to a wooden drawbridge after it collapsed during a boat race. In the 16th century, it was finally built with stone. The Rialto Bridge is one of the famous and beautiful among the four bridges over the Grand Canal. It has two ramps covered with a portico and has shops flanking both the sides. Stroll along the bridge to enjoy viewing and indulging in the shops and the Rialto market.
  3. 3. 7. SHOPPING If you are looking to buy Venetian Masks, head to Ca’Macana where you can be assured of genuine stuff. Watch them make masks from scratch. The children would love the history lesson that goes with it. Shopping in Venice is expensive and the cheaper goods may not assure you of quality and genuineness. The Venetian Emporium sells Venetian crafts, masks, jewellery and glass items with optimum prices. Vittorio Costantini sells unique glass and original lamps. Attombri has a fine selection of jewelry and you get some fine lace at Martinuzzi. Venice Italy Guide | What To Do In Venice Italy Accommodation In Fiumicino,Italy 8. CUISINE Venetian cuisine is best experienced at the local kitchens of Venice. The Rialto and Chioggia markets are where you get some of the best and fresh seafood. There is a lot to experiment on the platter. You could visit the bars near Rialto Bridge for the local aperitivi and cichetti (snacks) or the restaurants nearby for the quintessential Venetian experience. Traditional Venetian dishes include goose on fat, spider crabs, cuttlefish in its ink, meatballs (Polpette) and Venetian antipasti. The I Tre Mercanti, situated close to the St Mark’s Square is like a food gallery where you can browse through and get your choice of Italian food items, wines, cheeses and pasta sauces. Sip on some of the best Italian white and red wines in even the smaller food establishments. Get served the best gelato at Boutique del Gelato. Italian favorites like risotto and polenta are easily available. Fresh veggies, fruits and an assortment of cheese at the Rialto market are the best choice if you plan to cook
  4. 4. yourself. There are small bakeries and biavaroli selling variety of cheeses, breads, etc. to add to your personal menu. 9. ZATTERE This is a long waterfront promenade best explored on an evening stroll. Located in the Dorsoduro district, the Zattere leads you to a number of churches along its path. It affords a beautiful view of the neighboring island of Giudecca and the Redentore church there. There are some excellent restaurants and shops where you can enjoy a meal or gelato by the waterside and buy a few souvenirs. 10. CHURCHES Most of the churches in Venice carry Byzantine and Moorish influences in their architecture. Gothic style lancet arches with Ottoman and Byzantine influences characterize the Venetian Gothic architecture. These churches also have a treasure of paintings and frescos made by the famous artists of the era. Some Renaissance and Baroque influences are also present. These churches include, Scuolo di San Marco which played an important role in Venetian religious and social life since the 13th century Madonna dell’Orto is simple in its façade but intricate in its details. It is said to have been Tintoretto’s favorite church and his entire family is buried here. The magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute that sits on a platform of 100000 wooden piles Chiesa di San Zaccaria highlighting a beautiful collection of paintings by Bellini, Tintoretto, etc. Church of Santa Maria Della Visitazione, known locally as La Pietà, situated along the Riva Degli Schiavoni, one of the busiest promenades in Venice.

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