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Archive for the month “November, 2012”

Palaces of the Grand Canal – a tagged map

While riding the vaporetto water-bus along the Canal Grande, Venice’s Grand Canal, have you ever wondered what the names of those marvelous palaces are? Here are two tagged Bing maps we created, with basic info on almost all the buildings and palaces overlooking the Grand Canal of Venice: Palaces of the Grand Canal  – East Bank and Palaces of the Grand Canal – West Bank. The two maps cover the canal’s West and East banks, respectively. To get the best view, click on ‘Visione Panoramica’, zoom in and use the left/right arrows to get a view of the front of each building with its own pushpin, as seen from the water side (canal buildings were conceived to be seen from the water, not from land). Names of people may be shown, they are the architects who designed the palace. Most Venetian palace names begin with the word Ca’ which simply means “house” or casa, in Italian, which is shortened into ca’  and followed by the name of the original owners of the homestead – e.g. Ca’ Marcello would be the ancestral dwelling of the Marcello family.

Further readings

If you are interested in reading curious stories about the Grand Canal and its beautiful palaces, we recommend this book: Alberto Toso Fei‘s  The Secrets of the Grand Canal:

which provides little-known, interesting stories and legends on many of the most remarkable palaces and places along Venice’s Grand Canal, on the people who built them and called them home. Concise but well-documented. Also provides a map of the Grand Canal with reference.
 
If you are interested in curious itineraries and good eat-outs to explore when in Venice, we highly recommend The secret Venice of Corto Maltese by Lele Vianello and Guido Fuga:
Following the imaginary footsteps of the world-renown comics character Corto Maltese, and the real likes and promenades of his creator, Hugo Pratt, this book suggests seven itineraries, seven doors  that provide access to some of the most intimate places, venues, and eateries in Venice.  The itineraries are pivoted on good places where you can eat true Venetian food and the text is interspersed with historical and literary information, providing anecdotes about curious artifacts, ancient relics from Venice distant past that have survived to this day and have an interesting story to tell, and which you would never imagine existed unless you are a local.^

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A different way of exploring Venice

Venezia! Venice, probably the world’s most beautiful, unique, intriguing city. A universe of its own. As  we live not far from there, on weekends we hop on the train and venture into the city’s labyrinthine calli (streets), mostly off the tourist-crowded areas. We thought we could share a few interesting places to see with you all, mainly in the forms of handy maps you can access from the internet while touring … a presto!

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