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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...

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...

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...

Detail of St Mark’s Basilica.

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...

Battistero di San Giovanni Battista a Torcello

Of the Baptistery - which once constituted one of the Early Christian architectural elements together with the cathedral, the bell tower ...

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

The National Marciana Library was born from the idea of Francesco Petrarca, who decided to donate his books to the city Venice in order to found a public library in 1362. The project did not actually go ahead until...

Boschini Marco

Marco Boschini, Venetian, was born on 5 October 1602 from his parents Zuan Antonio and Leonora. After his literary studies in the capital of Padua, he learned art at a young age, starting with painting by working in...

Bosco dell'Osellino

It is rectangular in shape and has an extension of 8 hectares, between the Osellino canal and the Pertini district. Practically at one of the entrances to the center of Mestre, which often goes unnoticed by those who...

Bosco di Carpenedo

The Carpenedo Wood is a luxuriant green lung, which with its tranquility, its silence and its vegetation welcomes everyone with a soothing embrace. Witness of a bygone era, it is the last portion still intact in the...

Campanile di San Marco

St Mark’s Bell Tower, the highest building in Venice, is located in front of the St Mark’s Basilica, in front of the corner of the Sansovino Library. The base is a square...