Tracking the community life, go to the Serenissima, go to Orient, enjoying Yiddish touch, the synagogues, the Greek -orthodox churches and the Byzantine art. Then, go to north bound of Lagoon, turn in Murano and Burano, the glass and laces islands… to know the origins of these ancient art expressions… then the unreal atmosphere of Torcello, a big love of Hemingway.
Morning – The New Ghetto: Yiddish images and tastes, the synagogue, the San Alvise church and Tintoretto parish
Afternoon – The ancient Castle on Greek, Slavic and Dalmatian foundation, and the influence from Byzantine art
Evening – International place to enjoy the international jet set; and walking on Sospiri Bridge
Morning – Murano island and its ancient art of glass works, with the best and finest base in San Donato church
Afternoon – Biking to San Erasmo, the most silent atmosphere, in the nature heart
Evening – Returning to Venetia, to taste Colombo dishes and go to historic coffee shop in San Marco Place
Morning – Ancient tradition of Burano, between pizzas and laces, surrounded by the shining colors of small houses
Afternoon – Torcello, the most ancient island of lagoon loved by Hemingway, showing the track of glorious past times
Evening – From Rialto Bridge, the wine shops to enjoy the most delicious wines and the historic center and night panoramic view
The Venetian palace, church and monument remember clearly all the intense traffic and Orient cultural link of the Serenissima. Walking these streets you can recover the past history and events of different communities living here. Interesting Hebrew Ghetto, founded in Cannaregio¿ where you can see Hebrew and Italian languages signs… It is typical in Venetia from initial times, when for three centuries the zone was closed to the remainder of the town. Today instead it is part integrating of the city. Entering there you find Yiddish coffee shops, restaurants, serving typical dishes and sweet specialties, or unleavened bread. Going to the Ghetto Nuovo field you can visit the Hebrew Art Museum and the Synagogue. In fact, at city you see Hebrew influence from different Europe areas, and diversity of synagogues is a real testimony of this: with Tedesco, Italian, Levantine, Spanish and Cantonese influence. Going to the Castello, Greek Balkan founding, you find Greek Albanian, Dalmatian and Serbia communities. Here, the Greek influence is very strong, mainly in language and dishes. Going to northbound, you find the Madonna dell’Orto field, where you can visit the homonymous church, with the miracle image of the Madonna col Bambino. This church was the parish of Jacopo Tintoretto, who created his Vergine al tempio work. The artist lived at Fondaco dei Mori, where he had his atelier. Other great artist, Tiepolo, leaved his imprint at the Sant’Alvise church, where you can admire his works Passione di Cristo and Cristo flagellato.
From Castello, visit the Miracoli Church, located in a little street, with its Renaissance facade, semicircular rose front mixing the Gothic style of relevant Byzantine influence. Inside, the miracle Madonna col Bambino, and exterior gracious field. The next church to visit is the SS. Giovanni e Paolo, in Gothic Venetian style, considered the city Pantheon, due famous people sepulchered there. At its place, the Generale Colleoni statue. Very near to the Church, the renowned Venetian bakery Rosa Salva, where you can taste its traditional sweet products homemade, with Orient taste. Go to the San Giorgio dei Greci Church, testimony of Greek community in Venetia since 500+ years, with Renaissance style facade and Byzantine preference, whose best example is the San Marco Basilica. Inside, a suggestive style, with low light spread from the lamps hanging and candelabra and liturgics music with Byzantine touch. Outside, the Byzantine Studies Institute and the Greek College, seat of Greco-Orthodox Archbishop. The Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, and the Fondamenta dei Furlani, seat in XV century of Dalmatian, Bosnia and Slovene corporation. Also the Turkish influence in Venice, with its general district: the Fondaco dei Turchi, the Canal Grande, where the Orient merchants developed their commercial activities.
Searching an adequate location to go with literary evocation, you have to go to Harry’s Bar, one of the most well known Venetian restaurants, favorite place for Hemingway, with international jet set visits today. Willing to continue the ideal itinerary tracking the Serenissima community, the right place would be the Schiavoni river, where you find the well known Sospiri Bridge, relevant commerce place for Greek and Slavic populations every year.
Leaving Venetia island, you can enjoy the open surrounding lands. The destination, in northbound of the Serenissima, is Murano, where we arrive in streamer ship. The island that we sight immediately is San Michele, cemetery of the town, where had burial some great personalities like Stravinskij or Diaghilev, the choreography author of the “Russian Ballet”. Between the green cypresses you can admire the white facade of the San Michele Church, whose classic shapes contrast with the curled style of its decorative shells, symbol of the sea, the Murano symbol of the better tradition in glass art, preserving original gestures and techniques, even if it is necessary to admit that with the number of tourists invading the island, it is necessary to pay attention to the offer. There you can find today, however, niches of artisan quality, names of glass art like Barovier, with continued activity for six hundred years. Interesting, the visit to the most renowned glass firms: Barovier, La Murrina, Venini, Moretti. Going to San Donato island, you find its basilica, which is like a small Venetia, with the Canal Grande crossing it. It is interesting to note that not the main facade, but the side facing Murano canal, was mainly east oriented during the construction of the church. Its effect is, however of a certain impact, at side, you can find a semicircular portico, with niches separated by white columns, alternating with red brickwork and Istria white. Inside, the Orante Virgin, image of a Byzantine Madonna that shining over sparkling wall. This island has other place to visit, the Glass Museum with millenary memories from this ancient art, backing to the Roman period.
Arriving to Faro, go to Sant’Erasmo. At this island you can find a reality that seems distant from Venice, a life that it is developed like a microcosm. There the sailing will be large going to Vignole, the island of Seven Vineyards. Then you would be entering to canal separating the Lazzaretto Nuovo from Sant¿Erasmo. Arriving to the island, you can rent a bike to visit it and perimeter traveling. Then, the impressive hedges, the road open gardens, and groves, a more rural panorama, a lot far away from the splendor and wonder of the Venetian county town. There, the strong rose building, from XIX century, the Massimiliana Tower, immersed on the artichoke green, with the slit, the architrave, the spiral staircase in Istria stone. Its strategic position helps the observation of the lagoon. Turning left , the coastal line, to breath the pure sea air; then, go to island end, where you find a little inhabited center. Entering you can see gardens, fruit trees and small colored houses, with very simple aspect, different from remaining part of San Erasmo and country, whose fruit are sold in Venetian markets.
Coming back to Venice in the evening, you could dine at Colombo, and try one of its great lagoon fish dishes. After dinner, it is worth a walk towards Piazza San Marco, where you will appreciate the warm, romantic athmosfere of the open cafes and their live soft music. We recommend you Quadri and Florian.
Between the islands of Venetian crown one relevant island is the pizzas and laces one: Burano, reachable in steamer ship. Once there, you will admire the colors of the houses, true pride of the inhabitants, simple and harmonic single houses chain in which each color clashes with the near one. Their colors are those of the lagoon, possible more stressed: ocher, red, blue, violet and green. Across the road, you can see gentlemen seat before the door, probably doing laces. A quiet and simple island connected by bridge to Mazzorbo, place with residences of noble and monasteries in past time. Visit the fourteenth-century church of Santa Caterina, preceded from a small lobby, with fine campanile and cupola. Then, continue towards the Merletti Museum, ancient insular art renowned and appreciated over the world, museum that is accommodated in the Podestà Palace, where precious tablecloths, three from ends of XIX century, excellent and ancient copriletti are done according to ancient techniques. Remember that between the more important island activities is the fishing and strolling between calluses and canals; there is relevant men seeking to fix the nets of their boats. To eat the best daily fish at Burano: Al Gatto Nero where you can taste a good dish of spaghetti allo scoglio or seppie in nero, all homemade, in one of the most renowned places in the Lagoon.
The next island, Torcello, is the most ancient land in Venetia, formerly sediment on lagoon, today preserved as archeological testimony of prestigious past time. Near, you find Borgognoni, in whose place you see the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral , from the VII century, keeping a precious mosaic of universal Giudizio, from XII-XIII centuries, occupying a whole wall. At side, the Battistero ruins, and Santa Fosca church, with Greek cross. Exiting by campanile, you find the Cathedral, where, in past time, fishermen and travelers had the reference point. From top you can see the Venezia. palace. Torcello offers a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, surrealistic, formerly very loved by Hemingway. Writer loved too the Locanda Cipriani, with its delicious fish based dishes. During the short visit to this island, you can visit the Estuary Museum, at Torcello place, with two different sections: the Palazzo del Consiglio, with Medieval and Modern section, and the Palazzo dell’Archivio, from XII century, with archeological section. Testimony of impressive past time, when there was the commercial route with Orient Empire.
Entering again into Venetian streets and canals, you can reach the Vivaldi Wine Bar near to San Polo field, with exquisite menu at inn. There would be interesting going to Rialto Bridge to admire the Venetian night and breathe the active atmosphere from Canal Grande, at the time when all rumors and noises are mixed with water sound.