All About Venice

A different website about the floating city

No, this is not the ordinary tourist website. It’s not a guide to restaurants, hotels, and attractions around Venice, Italy. And that is simply because I’m not a Tuor Guide. I am just an ordinary citizen. I walk the Calli every day to work, I eat my Tramezzino at the local bar, I ride the bus and the Vaporetto and I read bedtime stories to my kids. And I try to keep my house dry just like any other Venetian…

           Now I am going to tell you all I know about this amazing city…

gondole at la fenice

      More fragile than the air                      Older than the pyramids

                 A couple    forgot by the existence

      In the empty afternoon of the silenced park                Excluding the world

                     hand in hand telling with their eyes            Another day      Another moment

                                                                           Forgetting to die…

                                                                          Dario Meneghetti

Why can’t you just throw yourself from the marble pier when the tropical Venice’ summer heat covers you like a thick, sweaty blanket? Why can’t you take a dive and swim over the canal when you missed the last Vaporetto?

There are a few reasons for this and in this article, I’ll explain why you mustn’t and more so why you do not want to swim in the Canals. You actually don’t even want to touch the water with any part of your body.

The new Tourist/Access Tax

Attention!

update April 2019

The city council has decided to postpone the introduction until after the summer. That means, no access fee from 1st of May. I’ll be back as soon as we know when it will be active.

The tax will be a flat 3 euro from Autumn 2019. From 2020 there will be four levels, from green to black, from 3 to 10 euro depending on the calculated flow of tourists into the old town.

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Residents in Venice right Now

Imagine… No traffic, no people, in fact, there are no sounds whatsoever, other than the just recognizable “swoosh” when the single big oar tweaks in the water moving back and forth in the dark. The air is humid… wet. In fact, it’s so wet you can feel drops of moisture rolling down your chin And it’s cold. Not cold as in winter and snow. But cold from the wetness, the water. It makes you shiver.

ArrivingIn the distance you see the shadows of high, square buildings, and tall clock towers, so thin and leaning that they seem to be floating in the air, hanging from the grey sky. Very slowly you start to distinguish other sounds – footsteps on the marble, voices speaking in a strange dialect. And then you see the lights. Weak, white flows from small lampposts creating more shadow and darkness than actual illumination.

You pass the ships at Santa Marta and when you reach Zattere the voices become different, younger and louder, filled with laughter and good times, love and excitement, wine and music. The boat, or Gondola as we should call it to not insult the maestro gondoliere, reduces the speed and turns towards the shore. With some immensely complicated twists and roles of the oar, the gondolier slows down, misses a half rotten pole by an inch, turns the gondola 90 degrees and stops softly one millimeter from the wall, so perfectly you could hold a stamp between the stones and the gunwale. You have arrived. From here you walk…

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Ca’ Dario

The Peggy Guggenheim collection. It’s an impressive collection of modern art. Maybe even more interesting than the actual paintings is the life of the collector, Peggy. Anyway, right beside the Guggenheim is the Casa Artom, but next to that, going towards San Marco lies the Palace, Ca’ Dario in the shadows. Say that name and any Venetian will stop arguing, look around and turn pale. From a healthy tanned complexion, he would go white and shivering… Ca’ Dario, the cursed house.

Mysteries in VeniceNowadays it’s empty and silent, but if you walk by in the evening or you pass outside on the Vaporetto, you can easily sense the darkness and the shadows that linger in the empty rooms. The owner is an American, of which we know absolutely nothing. It’s supposed to be in a phase of restoration but no major work is being done. Maybe for the best.

Soon after the death of the first owner, things started to go wrong. His son in law Vincenzo Barbaro suffered a complete financial collapse. In that context, he was then stabbed to death. Soon after that, his wife, Marietta killed herself. Their son Giacomo died in an ambush in the city of Candia in Crete. Their other son, Gasparo, died at the age of 18 soon after. And so the evil had begun…

The last one to die was the British musician John Entwistle, bassist in the Who. In 2002 he rented Ca’ Dario for a holiday in Venice. He died in a heart attack in Paradise, Nevada one week after.