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The Fontego dei Tedeschi from the nineteenth century to the present day

In 1806, in the Napoleonic era, the Fontego lost its function as a building dedicated to commercial activities and the property was transferred to the state property. The building first became the land customs office,...

The Fontego dei Tedeschi in the Gothic period

The complete refurbishment of the building took place in 1341. Over time, based on the changed commercial needs, the Fontego underwent some extensions in 1372, through the purchase of adjacent buildings, including a...

The Fontego dei Tedeschi: the thirteenth-century factory

The first Fontego dei Tedeschi was probably built by the Republic between 1222 and 1225 in the area of ​​San Bartolomeo overlooking the Grand Canal. The location appears strongly connoted by the port nature of the...

The sestieri of Venice

In the city, the civic numbering is unique for each district, with some exceptions for the larger areas in the islands not connected by bridges, and reaches four-digit numbers, up to almost 7000 in Castello. This...

The great painters in Venice from the 1300s onwards

After a long period characterized by the domination of Byzantine art, in Venice from the fourteenth century onwards it was possible to witness a gradual approach to Western art, developing what would later become the...

Is reaching zero COVID-19 possible?

Most scientists agree that stringent control measures, involving efficient contact tracing, testing and isolation, together with social distancing and mask wearing, are required to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2. ...

Venetian Boat Song: Mendelssohn's music pays homage to the gondola and the lagoon city

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, known more simply as Felix Mendelssohn and sincere friend of the famous poet Wolfgang Goethe, is a German musician with a spontaneous melodic vein and a great skill in the art of...

Biodiversity: where the world is making progress – and where it’s not

The future of biodiversity hangs in the balance. World leaders are gathering to review international targets and make new pledges for action to stem wildlife declines. Depending on whether you are a...

How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050

Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds over the last 50 years, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund. The...

Is it the end of high water in Venice?

A long wait of about 30 years seems to have finally paid off with a system that can withstand the tidal wave of the Adriatic when it becomes critical for the Venetian lagoon. For the first time, the MOSE protection...

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Overshoot Day 2020 is August 22, three weeks later than in 2019, "thanks" to the coronavirus

The coronavirus is causing a lot of suffering and as such we would all have wished that showing us more sustainable models would not be a disaster of this magnitude. However, since the same depends on how man exploits...

Why participate in the Mappa la Pinna! (nobilis) project is good for you too

Pinna nobilis is the name of a large marine invertebrate, also known under the name of sea castanet, stura or palostrega, an endemic species of the Mediterranean (i.e. present only in this area) as well as one of the...