Veneto - Venice - Italian Villa Vacations
Located in the north eastern corner of Italy, Veneto curves around the Adriatic sea and is full of treasures waiting to be discovered.
Venice is the main attraction for many visitors as there really is no other city like Venice in the world. From the grand Piazza San Marco, to the Rialto bridge and the grand canal, one can enjoy spending a few days getting lost in the little streets and bridges of Venice.
Visits to the Basilica di San Marco, palazzo ducale, the gallerie dell’accademia and Cannaregio are all a must.
Italian Villa vacations have some great apartments in Venice located in Cannaregio which is a fantastic location.
HISTORY OF CANNAREGIO
The name has two possible origins: it may derive from Canal regio, i.e. the main canal for communicating with the mainland or else it may refer to extensive reed beds found there in the past.
Not to be missed in Cannaregio:
Church of Santa Maria di Nazareth o dei Carmelitani Scalzi (Barefoot Carmelites)
This church was built in 1660 from a design by Baldassarre Longhena. The grandiose façade was created by Giuseppe Sardi. After an Austrian bomb exploded on 27 October 1915, the frescoed vault by Tiepolo collapsed. Today, only a few fragments remain in the Galleries of the Accademia di Belle Arti. In 1934 the ceiling was replaced, and it was adorned with a fresco by Ettore Tito. The first chapel of the right-hand nave has a vault frescoed by G.B.Tiepolo.
Square and Church of San Geremia
The church houses the relics of Saint Lucy
This palace was built at the end of the seventeenth century by the Labias, a family of rich Catalan merchants. The inside is decorated with frescoes by Tiepolo. It is now headquarters of the Italian State Television.
Church of San Giobbe (1450-70)
This church has a Renaissance portal by Pietro Lombardo. Inside it is decorated with the works of Tuscan artists such as Luca della Robbia.
The term 'ghetto' derives from the foundries that were found in the area in which the metal was 'gettato' or smelted. In 1509 it became the part of the city that was reserved for the Jews. They built their 'schole' or synagogues here. The first one was the Schola Tedesca (German Synagogue), which was built in 1528. It was followed by the Schola Canton and the Schola Italiana. The Schola Spagnola was rebuilt by Baldassarre Longhena. The German synagogue houses the museum of Jewish art and contains many fine religious exhibits.
It was built by Marino Contarini in 1441, who used the best stonemasons of his time. It is considered the most striking example of Venetian Gothic. It has a façade with polychrome marble moulding and certain elements were overlaid with gold, which was why it was called the ca' d'Oro. The palace at one point became the property of Baron Giorgio Franchetti who donated it to the State in 1916 and is now a museum, with works by Mantegna, paintings of Tuscan school and a beautiful collection of Renaissance bronzes.
Oratorio dei Crociferi
This is a treasure trove of works by Palma il Giovane depicting the history of the religious order of the Crociferi, which was founded in the thirteenth century and suppressed in the seventeenth century.
Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Built around 1482 from a design by Pietro Lombardo.
The Veneto region has a lot more to offer than just Venice. With many historic cities around such as Verona which is home Romeo and Juliet, where in fact you can visit their house, Padua, the 'City of the Saint' (St. Anthony in this case) is also a delight and worth visiting to see Giottos frescoes alone and Vicenza.
Italian Villa Vacations has a beautiful villa for rent in Asolo (the paduva Provence) which is perfect for 2 or 3 couples wishing to explore the Veneto region.
Things to see in Veneto
Follow the artistic and historic itineraries visiting the nearby art towns as Treviso, Pad ova, and Vicenza, the walled cities, and the Palladian villas such as Villa Barbaro (1549) by Andrea Palladio and frescoed by Paolo Veronese. Wander the boutiques and local artisan shops in the centre of Asolo. Relax in the Villa Cipriani Wellness space.
The Asolan Hills and Mount Grappa offer the possibility of excursions on foot or horseback and routes of natural interest, as well wonderful cycle routes.
End the day with an unforgettable dinner enjoying the delicious traditional dishes of the region like risotto.
The summer season includes organized shows and festivals, Restaurants near by offer a wide variety ranging from a dinner to the world renowned hotel villa Cipriani to quaint country pizzeria's.
"I assure you that even with the experience I have had of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy and elsewhere, I know of nothing that can compare with the view one enjoys from the tower and the Queen's palace" (Robert Browning letter dated 1889 to friend Mrs FitzGerald ).
The charm of Asolo attracted many intellectuals and artists they included Robert Browning, Eugene Benson, Igor Strawinsky, Ernest Hemingway... Among them three non-conformists and intellectual women lived here: Caterina Cornaro former Queen of Cyprus who exiliated in Asolo in 1489 created here a magnificent Renaissance court of artists, men of letters and poets. Eleonora Duse (1858-1924) star of the international theatre world, and Freya Stark explorer, author and photographer.
CULINARY TRADITION/ WINES/ CRAFT
Everywhere in Asolo you can find a “trattoria” to savour the unforgettable dishes of the culinary tradition: as "sarde in saor", Treviso or Castelfranco radicchio (a kind of red lettuce), pasta and beans, pumpkin and white asparagus from Bassano.
Asolo is part of the national circuit of Città Del Vino (Wine Cities), and celebrates in august with special wine tastings its first class wines.
Fabrics and embroidery, hand-painted ceramics and antique furniture represent the Asolan handicrafts: a treasure of an ancient knowledge to discover in the heart of the town:
- One of the oldest centres is the Tessoria Asolana, a hand weaving workshop which has been making unique, high-quality fabrics.
- The Embroidery School of Asolo for linen, lace and artistic ornaments.
- The colourful ceramics for beautiful vases, and the finely painted cups.
- the antique market for furniture, pictures, jewellery in the many antiques galleries under the porticoes and in the squares of the city centre.
every second Sunday in the month
Asolo is located among Padova, Treviso and Venezia, in the
Veneto region ( north east Italy). The medieval town is
a perfect choice for an unforgettable holiday. Historical memories,
beautiful scenery, medieval walled towns, Palladian villas all
blend into the magic landscape surrounding Asolo.
Follow the artistic and historic itineraries visiting the nearby art towns as Treviso
Venice is the main attraction for many visitors to Italy, as there really is no other city like Venice in the world. From the grand Piazza San Marco, to the Rialto bridge and the grand canal, one can enjoy spending a few days getting lost in the little streets and bridges of Venice. Visits to the Basilica di San Marco, palazzo ducale, the gallerie dell’accademia and Cannaregio are all a m