Venice becomes Venice as soon as you leave the most crowded allys or as soon as you turn a corner and end up in a “campo” where there are no commercial shops, but an old tavern, one of those with the wrinkled paper tablecloth and straw chairs.
On my last day in Venice I covered Sestiere Cannaregio and, again, Sestiere Castello. Cannaregio is probably the biggest city district in Venice, covering an area spanning from the Train Station to Rialto Bridge and beyond, on the left side of the Grand Canal.
I managed to find 3 itineraries that took me out of the beaten routes or, at least, out of the most crowded areas, to find highlights, stories and attractions that made my visit more comfortable, pleasant and definitely more interesting.
There will come a time when Venice will sink into the water of the Adriatic sea. Despite being a city conceived to float on the lagoon and built on wooden poles that pierce the seabed, it has always been theatened by high tides since it was established.
I just came back from from Venice and still need to check the 3000 pictures I took. Before I post about it I just want to share a picture of one of the very few gondolas i saw along the canals, during the week end...
If one wanted to go to the sepulchres of the most famous Venetian painters he would realize that the burials of Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese are located inside real and unparalleled chests of art, far from the spots where massive tourism usually go.
In 1949 the city of Venice hosted an impressive exhibition about the late Renaissant painter Giovanni Bellini. To honour such a big personality the owner of the famous Harry’s Bar of Venice named Giuseppe Cipriani, created a new cocktail aiming at reproducing the sweet pastel shades of the painter’s palette.