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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 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...

Palaces
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
Overview of Venetian masks. (Venipedia/Bazzmann Archive)

Carnival

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
Church of San Polo

Church of San Polo

Places of worship
Church of San Rocco

Church of San Rocco

Places of worship
Church of San Silvestro

Church of San Silvestro

Places of worship