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A travel guide for frequent visitors to Venice.
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NEW: Behind the scenes: The magic of Carnival in Venice in costume

I have always been intrigued by the luxurious costumes of the Carnevale di Venezia. Faye and Barry already participated 8 times to the event and design their own stunning costumes. They travel all the way from Canada with 5 (five!) costumes per person.

In this post, they share their experiences in designing a costume and attending the Venice carnival.

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There is currently a lot of commotion about art which should be returned to its original owner/country. Also in Venice, there are some examples of stolen art.

The 4 horses on the San Marco basilica for instance were luted by the Venetian army in 1254 and sent to Venice by Doge Enrico Dandolo. In 1797, Napoleon confiscated them and transported them to Paris. On December 13, 1815, Captain Dumaresq finally returned the 4 horses to the San Marco basilica in Venice.

Another example is the painting ‘Le Nozze de Cana' (The Wedding at Cana) from Paolo Veronese at the Fondazione Cini on San Giorgio Maggiore, which is a reproduction. The original was stolen by Napoleon and can be seen at the Louvre in Paris.
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NEW: Carlo Scarpa's dual passion for art and architecture

To remember the 50th anniversary of the death of Carlo Scarpa (on November 28), I have written a new post about this Venetian architect. I will give you an overview of the delicate balance in his career between (glass) art and architecture.

I will start with his career as a glass designer (and the 2 glass exhibitions at Stanze del Vetro and the Olivetti showroom) before I take you to 2 beautiful university entrances (at Tolentini and San Sebastiano).

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What is your favourite island in the Venetian lagoon? I have to admit I find this a very difficult question myself because each island is different and has something to offer.

If I really would have to choose, it would be San Giorgio Maggiore because of the Fondazione Cini, the glass museum Stanze del Vetro, the view from the campanile and the Vatican Chapels. However, Mazzorbo and Giudecca are close runners-up.
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The beauty of Venice lies in its details. I could spend an entire day just looking at doors. Do you have a favourite doorknob in Venice? Feel free to share your picture in the comments below. To start, here are 3 new knobs which I discovered on my last visits.

You can find more information about the history and the design of doorknobs in this post >>> https://www.theveniceinsider.com/beautiful-doors-venice/
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15-11-2018
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Today seems to be the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season. I would therefore like to ask you a favour. If you plan to buy your gifts online, I would appreciate it if you could access your preferred site via the links on this page: https://www.theveniceinsider.com/thanks-for-your-support/ .

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Grazie mille e buona domenica!

PS: Many sites offer discounts today for Singles' Day, next week for Black Friday, and finally Cyber Monday.
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NEW: 7 bookshops for booklovers traveling to Venice

You know that I love books, so it shouldn't be a surprise that I also love to spend time browsing bookshops to discover new titles and authors. Also in Venice, I can’t resist entering each bookstore I pass.

In this new post, I share my favourite places in Venice to buy a book. These vary from a small bookshop/bar with graphic novels over more general bookstores to a small wooden house where you can exchange books.

If you have any other suggestions, I look forward to read them.
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NEW: San Servolo: A green island with a medical history

Not many people take the opportunity to visit San Servolo, but I can really recommend it.

It has one of the largest parks in Venice which is already worth the 10 minutes vaporetto ride on its own. On top of that, San Servolo is also the location of the Insane Asylum Museum. If you are interested in the evolution of medical practices in general or in mental illness, you will love this museum.

In this new post, I will tell you more about the island itself, its history and the museum.
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On this day (October 19) in 1807, the San Marco basilica became the official cathedral of Venice instead of San Pietro di Castello. Until then, the basilica was the private chapel of the doge. This is the reason why the parade of the Festa delle Marie during Carnival follows the route from San Pietro to San Marco.

Have you already visited the church and bell tower of San Pietro? They are completely hidden in the north of Castello, on a small island, and really worth a visit.

You can find more information about San Pietro in this article >>> https://www.theveniceinsider.com/castello-venice-mark-these-hidden-gems-on-your-map/
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NEW: My top 8 non-tacky gifts and souvenirs in Venice

Buying a present for someone who loves Venice can be a challenge if you want it to be unique and personal. In this gift guide, I share with you some original gift ideas which I discovered this year.

It includes decorative objects made from waste wood from Venice, screen prints and souvenirs made by young Venetian creatives, but also a 2 euros coin with the image of San Marco, or why not, a vaporetto pass. I hope you will find something you like in this new post
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