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 it granted.

Masks and faces

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. However, it must be said that...

Masks and faces
 Night image of the Napoleonic wing.

Ala Napoleonica or Procuratie Nuovissime

Legacies left by French court in the 19th century lead to the demolition of the Church of San Geminiano, jewel of Jacopo Sansovino, to make room for the monument that was to become the new representative office of the new sovereigns. The...

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

Basilica dei Santi Maria and Donato

One of the greatest examples of Romanesque architectural style in the lagoon, it is the most important church in Murano, both historically and artistically. The mosaics composed of marble and polychrome glass pieces and an ancient painted panel...

Places of worship
Detail of St Mark’s Basilica.

Basilica di San Marco

The current appearance of the Basilica reflects the third reconstruction that took place within the Basilica’s thousand year history.

Places of worship
The remains of the Baptistery in front of the Basilica — (Archivio Venipedia/Bazzmann)

Battistero di San Giovanni Battista a Torcello

Today only ruins remain of the ancient Baptistery, positioned in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. It was once one of the Early Chrisitan architectural elements in a circular shape.

The bird's eye view of Venice by Jacopo de Barbari, 1500.

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

This is certainly the best place to learn about Venetian and Veneto culture; it is especially important for its greek collection (one of the most important in the world), its Veneto manuscripts and for its rare Venetian editions. It is suffice to...

Libraries and bookstores
Detail of the bell tower of San Marco: small window on bricks. — (Archivio Venipedia/Bazzmann)

Campanile di San Marco

El parón de casa, the landlord, as he is fondly called by the Venetians.  You can enjoy an absolutely stunning of the city from the top. It is also one of the symbols of the spirit of the Serenissima: after collapsing in the early 20th...

The Campiello delle Scuole

Campiello delle Scuole

A small, suggestive and cosy Venetian square bordered by two of the five synagogues, called ​schole,​ present in the Ghetto: the Spanish and Levantine. It’s impossible to miss it when coming from the Fondamenta di Cannaregio and proceeding...

The Campo of the Ghetto Nuovo

Campo del Ghetto Nuovo

The Campo can be accessed directly from the Fondamenta degli Ormesini or the Fondamenta di Cannaregio. One of the two ​campi​ in the Venetian Ghetto, it is very large and almost always ​lively. It is certainly one of the hubs of the Cannaregio...

Overview of Venetian masks. (Venipedia/Bazzmann Archive)


A time for amusement, dissolving social tensions, transgressions and of figurative representations of victories and conquests. For the Serenissima, Carnival was the period of the year in which the population was allowed to do almost anything, when...

Feasts, traditional and annual events
Chiesa di San Basso.

Chiesa di San Basso

A small church in the heart of Venice, right next to Piazza San Marco, in the Piazzetta dei Leoncini. The peculiarity of this building is the square side facade, divided into three by Corinthian columns. Located between civilian architecture and...

Places of worship