In the Castello sestiere an alleyway has a name that poses more questions than it answers. It is literally the “Alleyway of the first fire”.
In central Venice, in a little used passageway, an inscription commemorates a Luigi Scolari, killed by the Austrians on June 14th, 1859.
Venice is divided into six sestiere whose origin is as old as the city of Venice itself. As far as we know, they have always been there.
In Venice past and present is intertwined, for the residents as much as for the tourists. It is one of the great attractions of Venice.
Venice has been described as a city on water without water – still there’s a well in every square and every courtyard
The word arsenal came to Europe from Arabic through the Venetian language – from the original meaning of a workplace it became a shipyard
In Venice everybody walks, but why has Venice become a pedestrian city, when it is constructed around canals and boats.
The paterae in Venice are small round reliefs that are scattered around the city, most of them dating to the medieval period.
There are very few statues for great men in public spaces in Venice, of which only one (1) from the time of the Venetian Republic.
The Venetians didn’t do statues of great men in public spaces. In over a millennium only one such statue was erected in Venice.