Antonio Vivaldi was born in 1678 in Venice and started teaching the violin at the Ospedale della Pieta in 1703. His Baroque works allowed him to gain recognition and respect in the city and around the world.
The church of Ospedale della Pieta holds frequent mass services and even some music programs of Baroque style to this day, so it would be interesting to attend some of their events while on your trip in Venice.
The façade of the gondola boat is called “ferro”, which translates to “iron” in English, and is usually made of brass, aluminium, or stainless steel. It is basically there in order to counterbalance the weight of the rower (gondolier) as well as a beautiful decorative addition.
After a delicious Venetian lunch at a local restaurant in Venice, take a gondola ride on the grand canal of the city and enjoy the spectacular views.
Michele Marieschi has truly captured the city of Venice and its gondolas on the Grand Canal in his paintings.
The city of Venice’s government made further modifications of the traditional Venetian gondola forbidden in the 20th century. The banana shape of this rowing boat was actually developed in the 19th century and is not the traditional shape!
The city of Sidon (where Lebanon is situated now) was captured by Jersusalem, Norway and Venice (Siege of Sidon) after the First Crusade in the early 12th century; it took only 47 days for the coastal city of Syria be seized and conquered.
Local bakeries in Venice usually always have the traditional baicoli biscuit for sale for those who enjoy a sweet treat on holiday!
They received their name because of their shape which resembles the lagoon basses.
Vivaldi was “maestro dei concerti” at the Ospedale della Pieta where he started teaching the violin in the early 18th century at the orphanage. The museum behind the building is open by appointment only, and costs a mere 3 euros to enter! If you are in Venice on a Monday or Wednesday, be sure to include visiting this lovely museum in your list of things to do for the day.