written by V.I.P. Venice in pattern
Summer in Venice is running so fast!
If you have decided to visit the island for a few days let’s do it together: here is our top five list for enjoying the venetian summer after the long quarantine and learning some curiosities of the people related to these places. Enjoy Venice!
1 Peggy Guggenheim collection
During the lockdown the venetian museums interacted a lot with people using the social network but now they are finally open for real visits! One of them is the Peggy Guggenheim collections in the sestiere of Dorsoduro. This museum is located inside a 18th-century building called Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in the sestiere of Dorsoduro and has been founded by Peggy Guggeinhem who brought there her private collection of modern artworks. This brilliant woman whose nickname is the Last Dogaressa, was in love with Venice and she used to move around the city on her private gondola bringing always her dogs with her!
2 Dorsoduro and the Masieri Memorial
A way to escape from this summer heat is to take a Vaporetto, especially the line 1 that crosses the Canal Grande offering a beautiful view of the main places of the city. After visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection we suggest reaching the Salute Church. After admiring this beautiful building you can take the line 1 at the boat stop “Salute” for enjoying the sestiere of Dorsoduro from a special point of view!
During your trip you will admire a lot of famous buildings, such as the Gallerie dell’Accademia, but you will also see the area of some unrealized projects! Did you know that the architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed a building to be built in the Canal Grande? This building, called the Masieri Memorial, has never been built and the project was completed by Carlo Scarpa. (For more information, click here)
Continuing your boat trip through the Canal Grande you will reach the area of Rialto, the most ancient part of Venice, located in the sestiere of San Polo. This area and the special view from the water inspired a lot of artists, such as Vassilly Kandinskij who portrayed the Rialto bridge in one of his canvases dedicated to the city.
For reading more about his portrait and nearby area of Rialto: here.
4 Canal Grande and San Marco
Among the buildings facing the Canal Grande, you will certainly see Ca’ Loredan on your right. One of the buildings that currently host the city’s municipal council, it is the former palace of the Loredan family. Yes, that’s the family name of the first woman to receive a university degree and the first to receive a PhD!
For those unfamiliar with this issue, we suggest reading the whole story here.
5 San Giovanni in Bragora and Castello
It’s time to take a walk and get lost among the “calli” (narrow pathways) of Venice! It is definitely our favorite way to discover the city! The first rule is to forget google maps and ask some locals the way for “Chiesa di San Giovanni in Bragora” in the sestiere of Castello. Why do we suggest this building? It’s simple: it is the church where Antonio Vivaldi was baptized right there! Do you know the story of this venetian musician? Check this article for knowing more!
And what about you? Which is your favourite place and character?
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