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Frammento del dipinto "Il Rinoceronte" di Falca Pietro Longhi 1751 ospitato nel Museo del Settecento Veneziano di Cà Rezzonico.

A face covered with a black mask: the Moretta (The mute mask)

A mask typically of the fairer sex, particularly appreciated by men for its characteristic of not allowing the wearer to speak. What pleased the women, however, was certainly the aura of mystery and the anonymity that...

A transvestite: the Gnaga or catwoman

Some believe that the name derives from gnau, the sound a cat makes, and it was certainly a disguise that was appreciated by young homosexuals who were forced to hide their sexuality during the rest of the year....

 Night image of the Napoleonic wing.

Ala Napoleonica or Procuratie Nuovissime

The derogatory name of ‘Napoleonic Wing’ derives from the decision of Bonaparte to demolish the church of San Geminiano (a very old place of worship which was rebuilt in the XVI century by Jacopo Sansovino) in favor of...

Arsenale

The term arsenal derives from the Arabic expression "darsina'a" (which mixes the words dock and shipyard), subsequently modified into the Venetian form "darzanà" (from which the Dante coining "arzanà" derives), "...

Auditorium Santa Margherita (former Church)

Once used as a cinema, the Santa Margherita auditorium is now one of the headquarters of the Ca 'Foscari University, acquired in 1987. In this space, which seats up to 237 people, important conferences and university...

Balbi

A patrician family originally from Rome that did not have the good fortune to elect any doge, but can count primary ecclesiastical personalities among its descendants. The members of the family stood out for their...

Barbarigo Agostino

He was born in 1419 and was 67 years old, the younger brother of the previous Doge Marco. Widower of Isabetta Soranzo , who had given him 5 children (4 girls and a boy), he was ambitious and boasted a...

Detail of the Basilica of Saints Maria and Donato in Murano. — (Archive Bazzmann/Venipedia)

Basilica dei Santi Maria and Donato

It is assumed that the foundation of the church dates back to the 7th century when the refugees began to leave the mainland at the end of the Barbaric invasions and moved to the island of glass. The place of worship...

Basilica di San Marco

The discovery of the body of St Mark the Evangelist prompted the then Doge Giustiniano Partecipazio to sanction the construction of a church worthy of receiving the remains of the Saint. The works began in 828 and were...

Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

The ancient church was built in wood in the 9th century and was dedicated to San Giorgio Maggiore; term "major" to distinguish it from the church of the same name located on the island of San Giorgio in Alga. In...

Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute

One of the sacred places of Venice where, on the feast day of the Madonna della Salute (21 November), the Venetians reconnect with their city and participate in the sacred and timeless act of thanksgiving for having...

Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Initially built in 1250, the church had the apse facing the bridge and was rather small, which is the exact opposite of how it is now. In 1250 work began for the construction of a larger church and in 1330 work began...