Venice at sunset
In the evening the city is finally for us. The hasty tourists who decide to visit it, for a few hours, are gone.. and we can finally discover it by mixing with the Venetians they love before going home to take a spritz with their friends .. so let’s start with a spritz, maybe in a place where I can amaze you, a place you would never have found without me. Then we will continue with our walk. Visiting Venice means dedicating days to deepening its traditions and its culture; in reality it would take weeks to fully enjoy its atmosphere. In the Dorsoduro district, one of the most fascinating districts in the city, full of beauty and opportunities; we can immerse ourselves in this atmosphere. Dorsoduro, once stood in a not very marshy area and therefore considered much more stable than the others. Come on, I hope I can make you feel real Venetians.
Dorsoduro takes its name from the conditions of the land on which it stands. It is the southernmost district of Venice and runs from Punta della Dogana almost to Piazzale Roma. However, Dorsoduro also extends beyond the Giudecca Canal, including the Giudecca island itself: the largest Venetian island that over the centuries has changed its identity several times, passing from a place of noble residences, monasteries and green gardens to , after the fall of the Serenissima, a territory for barracks, prisons and working class suburbs. Giudecca is known today for the temple of the Redeemer, a masterpiece by Palladio. United to San Marco since the nineteenth century through the Accademia Bridge, the Dorsoduro district is one of the best walks in the riches of the city, whether it is history, culture, art or everyday life: between popular environments, meeting places for university students and quiet luxury residential neighborhoods. The luxurious area extends to the east and is characterized by marvelous views of the lagoon, both near Campo della Salute and the Zattere quay, the so-called “walk of the Venetians”.
Pass by: Squero di San Trovaso, Rio San Trovaso, 30170 Venice Italy
The Squero di San Trovaso is one of the last shipyards in the city where wooden boats are built and repaired, in particular the Gondola. The squero of San Trovaso is in a particularly happy position to be observed, photographed, painted, as the foundation of the Rio di San Trovaso lends itself to being a natural audience for a space that seems to have stopped over time.
Stop: 10 minutes
Pass by: Campo San Barnaba, Dorsoduro, Venice Italy
Indiana Jones and the church of San Barnaba in Venice Venice is the city of cinema not only for its festival, but also because it was the setting of many successful films. All tourists crossing the busy Campo San Barnaba and looking at the neoclassical facade of the church of the same name, may note that it looks familiar… Why? In the film ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989), the church (only the exterior) was used as the setting for an imaginary library. The Campo San Barnaba, in front of the church, was then used to shoot the scene in which the protagonist of the film, after having passed through the (non-existent) underground passages in search of the tomb of one of the keepers of the Holy Grail knights, emerges out of a manhole in the middle of the square, to the embarrassment of the elegant clients of the bar seated at the tables. In fact, the church of St. Barnabas, of medieval origin but rebuilt in the second half of the 18th century by the architect Lorenzo Boschetti, is still a church to all intents and purposes, although it is currently hosting an exhibition on the machines invented by Leonardo da Vinci. Pay attention to its thousand year old spire bell tower as it is one of oldest in the city.
Stop: 10 minutes
Pass by: Ponte dei Pugni, near Campo San Barnaba, Venice Italy
It owes its name to an ancient tradition abandoned in recent centuries. In fact, it was the very small battlefield suspended over the canal where a real “War of the Fists” took place. It was considered an outlet for the population who in this place, on the set day, could take it out on the hated cousins of their own city. During the war of the fists, the Castellani were distinguished by the use of a red cap and scarf, vice versa the Nicolotti were distinguished by their black cap and scarf. The game consisted of conquering the opposite bank by crossing the bridge, but too frequently it turned into a real fight on the edge of the battle, with serious physical consequences for the participants, certainly there was no lack of deaths and numerous injuries, and therefore it was abolished in the ‘700 . On the central part of the bridge the four starting points are still visible, one for the corner of the central plain, from which the hostilities between the two groups of contenders began, whose only purpose was to overtake and demonstrate physical superiority over the inhabitants of the affixed factions of Venice.
Stop: 5 minutes
Pass by: Campo Santa Margherita, sestiere di Dorso Duro, Venice Italy
Campo Santa Margherita is a favorite meeting place for university and non-university students. During the day this Venetian space is very popular with residents and tourists, who consider it one of the most lively places in the city, with the fish market, the greengrocers, the children playing, the elderly resting on the benches. But it is in the evening that this Venetian square comes alive more, with hundreds of boys and girls moving from one place to another in the company of friends to enjoy the Venetian nightlife. This camp offers young people the opportunity to join without leaving our magnificent island and to make new friends during happy hour!
Stop: 15 minutes
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