A la Pescaria
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Apartment on two levels, of 51 sqm., for 2/3 persons, located on the 2nd floor, without elevator, of a building from the early 1800's, restored in 2011.
The accommodation comprises: an entrance hall, a small hall with a lovely view over the Grand Canal and Rialto Market, divided into a work area with kitchenette-dining area and a sitting area with sofa bed, a wardrobe with single bed, a bathroom with shower, a loft with a double bed with a small store. An additional warehouse is located on the floor below.
The accommodation is equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, wi-fi.
The small accommodation with Mezzanine, as aforesaid, has just been restored.
Only the stairwell to access to the apartment, after having been placed in safety, it is still waiting for the authorization of the Superintendence, to which all buildings that overlook the Grand Canal are subject, for Renovation.
The style of care, the intense brightness, the oak beams, the gondolas and the Grand Canal ... give this little garret a unique charm.
The small bright Attic is located in a charming location in the 'Campo de la Pescaria', where every day (except Sundays) is held the lively and picturesque Market Town of Fish and Vegetables.
This is the only one Venetian 'Campo' which leans out on the Grand Canal and, delimited to the right by the 'Fabbriche Nuove' of Jacopo Sansovino, it looks at the Ca' d'Oro'.
Just look out the windows to find yourselves in a typical Venetian atmosphere, to observe the passage of gondolas and motor boats and to enjoy the beauty of the palaces on the water.
Gone out of the apartment it is us in the heart of the City: bars, 'bacari', "osterie", pubs and restaurants...
The central location allows you to easily reach in few minutes some of the most famous monuments, including the Basilica dei Frari and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.
Overcome the Rialto Bridge, a walk of 10 minutes leads through the 'Mercerie'' ('Marzarie' in Venetian), that is the main commercial artery of the City with its system of 'calli' (where shops of luxury and boutiques of high fashion they lean out, from Gucci to Cartier, from Vuitton to Bulgari...), up to Piazza San Marco.
The Island of Lido, the exclusive beach of Venice, a true treasure chest of Liberty, where every year is taking place the Venice International Film Festival, it is connected to the City and to the mainland by efficient boats, 'vaporetti' and ferry calling at its main ports.
In the "Campo de la Pescaria" there is the Stop Rialto Mercato for the Vaporetto Linea 1, which allows you to visit the entire city and the Lido, the Beach of Venezia, and there is the Santa Sofia Gondola Service that allows you to cross the Canal Grande and reach the other bank of the channel, and that, together, make very easy to gain access to the apartment..
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lido 1 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Marco Polo 12 km, Nearest railway: Railway Station Santa Lucia|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The North East Italy region
Venice and its mainland are particularly rich of museums and historical buildings of great artistic and cultural importance. A stay in Venice offers the opportunity to undertake a trip through the art and the culture of the City, from its center and pulsating heart, S. Marco, pushing themselves besides to the discovery of the art treasures also guarded in the smaller museums and in the less known churches.
But also what you cannot afford to miss in the areas surrounding Venice, namely it offers the possibility to soak in the greenery of the Riviera del Brenta and of its ancient villas or in the Landscapes and among the Suburbs of the Miranese area, without forgetting the Lagoon of Venice with its small and great islands and its traditions.
Floating between the sea and the lagoon is the beautiful island of the Lido of Venice. Thanks to the continual coming and going of ferries it is easy to get to - even by car. And there is nowhere like it in the world. A few minutes away from Venice, kilometres of golden sands offer something for everyone, and, following careful environmental works, a sea that has grown cleaner year after year: the beaches of the Lido Island have been awarded the important eco-label Blue Flag in May 2013, four years in a row.
Venice is not only culture and beaches, let its its parks and naturalistic oasis enchant you with their beauty and calm.
THE VENETIAN FESTIVITIES NOT TO BE MISSED
25 AVRIL FEAST OF THE HOLY PATRON, THE EVANGELIST MARCO/ FESTIVAL OF THE BLOOMING ROSE.
Venetians used to sanctify the 25th of April far before that date became the actual National Holiday of Italy liberation. April the 25th is indeed the holiday of the Patron Saint of the city, whose relic, which was on Islamic territory in Alexandria of Aegypt, was transferred in Venice in the year 828 by two legendary Venetian merchants: Buono da Malamocco and Rustico da Torcello.
The story goes that in order to subtract from the Muslims the precious body (Islam itself recognizes and venerates Christ and the Saints), the two clever merchants covered it up in a stock of pork meat, which passed through the Turkish customer without being inspected, 'cause of the disgust for that stuff imposed to the Profet believers.
We must remember that in those days (and still now, somewhere) relics were a powerful social binder; they would attract pilgrims and improve town population, a very important effect in the beginnings of Urbanism, when people were mainly living in the countryside.
Every relic was well accepted, together with the one carrying it, and the body of St. Mark was particularly welcomed in Venice, because it was believed that Saint Mark, during his life, had evangelized the inhabitants of Veneto (Venice county), becoming their Patron Saint and emblema under the shape of the winged lion.
Winged, armed with a sword and holding a book where, in time of peace, one could read the sentence Pax Tibi Marce Evangelista Meus (Peace to You Mark, my Evangelist); a book that was minaciously closed when the sword, instead that christianely discriminate evil from good, was red of warrior blood.
Today the commemoration is reduced only to the 25th of April, date of the death of the Saint, but at the times of the Serenissima people would celebrate also on the 31st of January (dies translationis corporis day of the transport of the Holy Body) and on 25th of June, the day under Doge Vitale Falier when the relic was refound in St.Mark's Basilica.
Some popular tales are associated with this Celebration.
One of these tells that, while the terrific seastorm described by Marin Sanudo was hitting the City in February 1340, a boatman that was repairing himself under the bridge de la Paja was instead invited to sail again by a Knight.
Along the journey towards the Open Sea, the boatman had to stop first in the isle of St.George Major and then in St. Nicolò in Lido to pick up two more Knights.
Once in the Open Sea, the evil pushing the water against Venice was faced and defeated by the three Knights, who were nobodyelse than the Saints Mark, George and Nicolò.
After defeating the evil, St. Mark committed the boatman a ring, to hand it over to Bartolomeo Gradenigo Duke of Venice at those times, to have it preserved in the St. Mark´s Treasure.
In occasion of the Fest of the Patron Saint, Venetians males use to gift the bocolo (red rose bloom) to their beloved; about the origin of this gift we know two legendary hypothesis.
One is related to the story of the troubled love between the noblewoman Maria Partecipazio and Tancredi the troubadour. In the aim to overcome the social class differences, Tancredi goes to the war seeking for an army glory to high himself to the upper level of his beloved. Unlukly, after serving as a valiant soldier the orders of Charles the Great in the War agains the Arabians in Spain, he is wounded to death, and falls over a rose bed that become red by his blood. Dieing, Tancredi relyes on Orlando the paladin to bring a bloom from that plant to Tancredi's beloved Lady in Venice.
Orlando mantains the promise and reaches Venice the day before St. Mark Patron Day, and gives the bloom to the Lady as the last love message from her, now dead, suitor. The morning after Maria Partecipazio is found dead herself, with the red bloom sat on the heart, and since that Venetian lovers use that flower as an emblematic love pledge.
The other legend we know, suggests that the Tradition of the bocolo came from the rose bed growing aside the grave of St. Mark the Evangelist. The plant would has been gifted to a sailor from the Giudecca Isle called Basilio, as a prize for his cooperation in purloining the Saint Body of the Patron to Venice from Turkey.
The rosary was planted in the garden of Basilio, but became the borderline of the property divided in two parts by Basilio´s sons, when he died. The two branches of the family became later rival, with some blood too, is said, and the plants stopped flowering.
On a 25th of April, many years after, a first-sight love sparkled between a girl from one branch of Basilio's Family and a boy belonging to the other. The two youngs falled in love watching each other through the rose bed separing the properties.
The rosary accompained the raising of this love with a marvellous red flowering, and the guy got one and gifted it to the girl.
In memory of this happy end love, that would had reunified the two families in peace, Venetians still now offer the red rose bloom to their beloved Ladies.
A curious and very Italian detail might be that the bocolo is also the gift that sons use to bring to their moms in that day.
19/20 OF JULY, FEAST OF THE REDEEMER.
Redentore is a popular festival that combines the sacred and profane, as Venice celebrations often do.
Redentore is the celebration most loved by Venetians, to remind the end of the plague in 1577, one of the most disastrous plagues in Venice history, still commemorated today with "the famous night of fireworks", on the 3rd Saturday of July.
That plague is believed to be brought in the city by flea-infested mice carried back from the Orient by Venetian trading ships
It is out of doubt that the cats, imported with urgence from Syria ("soriani" cats), contributed in a certain measure to defeat the plague, and became those beloved comrades of the streets and the houses of Venice, they have been untill 1990, when the foolness of the modern humans decided their extermination sterilizing most of the males. But in Venetian tradition the decisive factor of salvation was, like later and before occurred, the practice of sincere public devotions pursued by almost all of the surviving. These devotions culminated in the solemn vote, made by the Doge in the name of the city, to build a marvellous temple whenever the Serenissima would escape the annihilation, a real menace carried out from those kind of plagues; enough to think that that particular one killed over 50.000 inhabitants, and in that number the famous painter Tiziano Vecellio was included.
After the plague diminished , therefore, the Serenissima mantained the vote of the Venetians, commissining the architect Andrea Palladio to project and build a majestic church at the Giudecca.
The first stone of the great temple was laid under "proto" (supervisor) Antonio da Ponte, while a provisory wooden church was erected in the 3rd Sunday of July. A long floating walkway uniting San Marco Square and the Giudecca island was also built on hundreds of pontoons.
Over this walkway, as a sign of humility and gratefulness, the "Doge" Sebastiano Venier walked, leading the Crafts, the Religious Confraternities and the survived people in procession towards the Tabernacle.
The work was solicitously completed, and since four centuries the classic proportions of the Redeemer´s Church remind inhabitants and visitors of the terrible suffering and danger occurred to the "Dominant" in 16th Century. Untill today, every year for the Festival an army barge bridge is built between the Zattere and the Giudecca.
On the 3rd weekend in July, religious and political authorities, inhabitants and guests walk on this passageway to reach by foot, from the historical centre of Venice, the temple dedicated to Christ the Redeemer in the island of Giudecca
For the "famous night of fireworks", between the 3rd Saturday of July and the Sunday after, thousands of Venetians and visitors come to celebrate, in the S. Mark´s basin swarming with boats crowded with people who bring typical culinary delights. Beginning on that Saturday morning, people engages with the organisation and preparation for the Redentore Festival. Foods are cooked for up to 20/30 people; candle-baloons, leafy branches and other trinket are hanged on the boats, terraces and rooftop loggias.
Soon as they are ready, those on the boats start looking for the best places in St. Mark´s Basin. After supper with relatives and friends under the showy ornamentation, everybody waits for the great firework show (the "foghi") to begin, usually around 23:00
From eleven to midnight, after the gastronomical moment, the firework show starts on the most beautiful stage ever realized by man. There is no other place on the world, where the light of fireworks may enlight with its colours a mirror of water like that of the St. Mark´s Basin, with the reflection of the Ducal Palace, St. George, the Columns of Mark and Todaro.
The extraordinairiness of the pyrotechnics is to keep the spectator in doubt where to look at the artifice in the sky or to the unrepeatable images of a fairy town redrawn by sparkles in the water.
Like all the popular festivals, the traditional activities of the Redentore enriched across centuries of side events: traditional became the street market and the charity raffle run in the church´s patronage. A very combactive regatta in Venetian rowing style is raced Sunday morning along the Giudecca Canal, for at least one day left resting from the overused wave motion of most engine boats.
29 MAI, THE FESTIVAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION / THE WEDDING WITH THE SEA.
One of the oldest Venetian ceremonies, the Festa della Sensa, celebrates the naval power under Doge Pietro Orseolo. It began in the year 1000, when the naval fleet of the Serenissima - the Venetian Empire - departed on Ascension Day to attack Dalmatian pirates who were threatening the Istrian coast.
The Venetian navy´s famous victory over the Slavic pirates was the beginning of the rapid expansion of the Serenissima´s political, commercial and military influence on the Adriatic Sea.
The celebration of the Sensa began rather simply, as a procession of the the Doge upon the Dukal Galley (that lately became the famous Bucintoro), would be followed by a fleet of boats to the entrance of the port at the Lido, where the Bishop of Olivolo (Castello) blessed the waters of the Sea in peace and gratitude.
The same anniversary was used to remember successive important diplomatic triumphs, and the ceremony became more complex and dazzling.
In 1177 the two largest European powers of the period signed a peace agreement in Venice which ended the long struggle between the Papacy and the Empire.
This came about principally due to the diplomatic involvement of Doge Sebastiano Ziani.
Pope Alessandro III, as a mark of his gratitude to the city, gave the Doge a blessed ring, pronouncing "Ricevilo in pegno della Sovranità che Voi e i successori Vostri avrete perpetuamente sul Mare" (Receive this ring as a token of sovereignty over the sea that you and your successors will be everlasting). He then imposed the wedding between Venice and the Sea "Lo sposasse lo Mar sì come l'omo sposa la dona per essere so signor" (Marry the sea as a man marries a woman and thus be her Lord).
From this moment, the simple ceremony of the Sensa became a major - and very popular - representation of the myth of the Serenissima, "Queen of the Seas".
Once each year, the Doge would "marry" the Sea, and throw the Blessed Ring into the lagoon as a sign of eternal fidelity.
To consolidate the Sensa as one the major anniversary celebrated in the Republic´s calendar, another Benefit came from the Pope
The Pontiff, indeed, was grateful per la poderosa assistenza e per il cortese ospizio donatogli nella persecuzione da esso patita per Federico Barbarossa Imperatore (for the great assistance and hospitality he was offered during the persecution he suffered under Emperor Federico Barbarossa), and thus granted indulgences to all who visited the "Ducal Chapel" (the Basilica of San Marco), in the eight days (later 15 days) following the celebration.
The religious incentive to get God's forgiveness brought every year more crowds of pilgrims to the lagoon for the celebration of the Marriage to the Sea.
The venetian character, inclined to combine the Sacred and the profane, carryed to initiate, in 1180, the Fair of the Sensa, with displays of the best local handmade products, and merchandise from the Orient
At first the fair was organized on wooden boats, but later it was guested in the St Mark's Square; later on, (in 1534) Sansovino architect was commissioned to build an enclosure of woodden shops, to be setted up in St. Mark´s square during those days of the feast. The Fiera rapidly became one of the major European exhibitions.
The Festa of the Sensa continues today, albeit in a much smaller fashion. On Ascension Day the Mayor, aboard the "Bissona Serenissima" (used in the parade of the Regata Storica), flanked by other boats from the Venetian Rowing Societies, moves to the mouth of the port of San Nicolò, near the Lido. There, he throws the gold ring into the waters to symbolize the eternal union between Venice and the Sea. In some years - but infrequently - the Fiera of the Sensa is set up again using the same painted enclosures that can be seen during Carnival in Campo Santo Stefano.
21 NOVEMBER; FESTIVAL OF THE MADONNA OF THE SALUTE.
In the first half of the 17th century a terrible plague broke out in Northern Italy. This plague was the one described by Alessandro Manzoni in his masterpiece "I Promessi Sposi".
The city of Mantova was particularly devastated, both by the disease - and a famine, as the city had been isolated by the surrounding peoples.
The Duke of Mantua was faced with the total extermination of the city. In an act of desperation he sent ambassadors by river to Venice to seek help (Venice and Mantua were tied in an allegiance of water and art that also lasted when the politics were in conflict).
The Serenissima, honouring the pact of mutual need, received the ambassadors, but quarantined them on the uninhabited island of San Servolo. Unfortunately the disease was carried to Venice by a carpenter, who was sent to prepare accommodation for the dignitaries. The spread of the infection was phenomenal. In the week following the death of the carpenter - and all his family - there were ten more deaths in the immediate neighbourhood, and a hundred in the city itself.
In a very short time, in spite of the restrictions set by the authorities, the population was decimated. The Doge and most of his family perished, as the disease did not distinguish aristocrats from commoners, not forgiving monks and priests.
Close to the Winter, the Dominante itself faces the danger to be cancelled.
The failure of every medicine and prophylactic then known drove the government and people to look to religion to save them.
A procession was organised in which almost all 10,000 survivors participated. They walked incessantly around Piazza San Marco for three days and nights, with torches and votive statues.
Finally a pronouncement was made that, if the city escaped total devastation, they would build a temple of a size and beauty never seen before.
The heavens then seemed to come to the aid of the Republic.
In the following week the progress of the epidemic slowed, and within two weeks it diminished altogether.
Respecting the pronouncement, the location of the temple - or church as it became - was quickly decided upon.
It was to be at the Custom's Port, where some buildings had just been demolished.
Demolishing wooden houses and the dispersing of crowded communities like monasteries and seminaries was an emergency measure often carried out during plagues.
Baldassare Longhena, a young architect whose style was known as the new Baroque (Venice has always been conservative) was chosen, by competition, to head the project. The foundation needed to be reinforced with more than 300,000 posts in order to support the weight of the enormous marble structure.
The edifice was finished in about twenty years, and became an exemplary model of Baroque, studied and imitated all over Europe. The church was consecrated on 21st November 1687.
For the occasion a bridge made of boats was constructed to enable the church to be reached from the city centre.
Even today few Venetians miss the opportunity to go to the Salute.
The festival is mostly for children, and there are toys and sweets for sale in the neighbourhood.
Perhaps because it is a tradition that Venetians are used to follow since childhood, perhaps because health is an important issue for everybody, the Salute is appreciated regardless of religion or philosophy, and the procession to the Salute continues from morning to night.
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