Christmas is a special time worldwide, but if there’s one place that knows how to turn this holiday into a magical experience, it’s Venice. The city on water lights up with sparkling lights, its canals resonate with Christmas carols, and the air is filled with the scents of culinary delights. Here’s what makes Christmas 2023 in Venice a unique and unforgettable experience.Continue reading “CHRISTMAS 2023 IN VENICE: A MAGICAL CELEBRATION”
Venice is a little, unique, jewel city that was built on a series of islands connected by canals and bridges. Venice has long been known for its picturesque beauty, stunning architecture, and rich cultural heritage. However, in recent years, Venice has faced a growing threat: the sinking of its foundations.Continue reading “IS VENICE SINKING?”
Venice has recently experienced a new case of extreme low tide, which is a quite rare, but not entirely unknown, phenomenon for this city.
The city of Venice, renowned for being a floating city, these days is facing an extreme case of “bassa marea” (i.e. low tide) which is drying up Venetian canals, causing concern and curiosity among locals and tourists alike.Continue reading “DROUGHT IN VENICE: AN EXTREME LOW TIDE”
The Venice Carnival is an internationally renowned event that takes place annually in the beautiful city of Venice, Italy. Known for its elaborate costumes, masks, and parties, the carnival draws visitors from all over the world to experience the unique and ancient tradition. But have you ever wondered about the history and origins of this spectacular event and the iconic masks that have become synonymous with it?Continue reading “The History and Origins of Venice’s Carnival”
If you’re a foodie visiting Venice, Italy, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to try risotto di go, a traditional Venetian dish made with goby fish. This delicious and flavorful dish has a long history in the city and is a staple of Venetian cuisine.
Risotto di go, also known as “risi e bisi” or “little rice and peas,” is made with goby fish, a type of small, bony fish that is found in the lagoon around Venice. The goby is combined with rice, peas, and other vegetables to create a creamy and flavorful risotto. It is often garnished with grated cheese and served as a main course.Continue reading “The Delicious Tradition of Risotto di Go in Venice”
Located in the bustling Piazza San Marco, the Clock Tower of St. Mark’s Square (Italian: Torre dell’Orologio) is a must-see attraction for any visitor to the beautiful city of Venice. Built in the 15th century, this stunning architectural masterpiece has been a symbol of the city for centuries and remains one of the most iconic landmarks in Venice to this day.Continue reading “The Clock Tower of St. Mark’s Square”
This month we will sadly end this wonderful collection of posts about the industrial side of Venice by talking about Ex Junghans Area, placed in Giudecca Island.
Personality: Cino Zucchi.
Place: Area Ex Junghans.
Area Ex Junghans
As some of you may know, Junghans is a worldwide famous watch and clock manufacturer. Founded in Germany on 15 April 1861, at the beginning of XX century it owned the largest clock factory in the world.
Besides that, Junghans decided to build a clock factory in Giudecca Island which was later converted in a war factory during World War II. Here, the war production continued after the end of the war.
Only at the beginning of the 1990s the Municipality of Venice launched a call for projects with the aim to change the industrial area in a modern residential neighbourhood.
In 1995 Cino Zucchi, an Italian architect, won the call and so the renovation of the Junghans area could begin.
Cinzo Zucchi was born in Milano in 1955 and graduated in Architettura at the Politecnico di Milano in 1979. Nowadays, he has become a worldwide famous architect.
According to Zucchi Venice “necessita di tecniche progettuali articolate, che sappiano stabilire chiari obiettivi generali e al contempo attivare comportamenti pragmatici, flessibili, circostanziati”.
Freely translated “Venice requires articulated design techniques, which are able to establish clear general objectives and at the same time trigger pragmatic, flexible, detailed behaviours”.
In accordance with this statement, the renovation of Junghans Area was described as a “microsurgery”, meaning some places were radically renovated while others were only partially modified.
Zucchi designed 5 different residential buildings to explore the theme of living (one is presented in the trittico). The intervention involved the construction of a new canal and a new dock, preserving the pattern that characterized the Venetian spatial sequences: calli, campi, canals, public and private gardens. Thus, the contemporary architectures perfectly cohabit with the ancient parts of the island.
Without doubts, the projected renovation proved to be a good plan for Venice. Nowadays Junghans Area is a pleasant neighbourhood hosting, among others, a Theatre, shops and housing.
It’s time to write about an amazing experience I did with my friends 4 years ago, when we decided to visit Venice from the sunset to the sunrise.
It was the last week of July, our friends Umberto and Elena (she realized our logo – thanks Elena 🙂 ) came in Venice from Milano in order to do this strange tour with us.Continue reading “VENICE FROM THE SUNSET TO THE SUNRISE”
This month we will talk about the iconic symbol of Giudecca Island: Molino Stucky and its owner Giovanni Stucky.
Personality: Giovanni Stucky.
Place: Molino Stucky.
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This month we will talk about a rather famous monument of Venice: the arsenal (Arsenale) and the first Chinese art gallery owner hosting her exhibition there during Biennale.
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