GIFT GUI­DE

Ta­ke ad­van­ta­ge of your stay in Venice to en­joy this sea­son's la­te­st of­fe­rings.

Where Venice - - Contents -

Pal­la­dio and Ci­pria­ni Ho­tels. You'll be plea­san­tly sur­pri­sed by their ele­gant green spa­ces and trees. In the se­stie­re of Can­na­re­gio, the gar­den of the Ho­tel Dei Do­gi de­ser­ves to be ex­plo­red and pho­to­gra­phed. The gar­den was crea­ted in the 17th cen­tu­ry to ho­st ra­re bo­ta­ni­cal col­lec­tions and boasts a num­ber of ma­gni­fi­cent spe­cies that bloom year round.

On the Grand Canal, don't miss an op­por­tu­ni­ty to vi­sit the gar­den of the Ca' Ni­gra Ho­tel: a ro­man­tic gar­den who­se ro­se bo­wers over­look the wa­ter. Ano­ther no­ta­ble exam­ple is the gar­den crea­ted by re­no­w­ned ar­chi­tect Car­lo Scar­pa at the Que­ri­ni Stam­pa­lia Foun­da­tion. In­spi­red by the the­me of wa­ter, this eclec­tic gar­den fu­ses ele­men­ts su­ch as By­zan­ti­ne­sty­le mo­saics and a Ja­pa­ne­se peb­ble stream, crea­ting an ele­gant spa­ce in­ten­ded for re­st and con­tem­pla­tion.

On the Island of Maz­zor­bo, an ab­so­lu­te mu­st is a vi­sit to the gar­den of Ve­nis­sa that hosts one of the ci­ty's few re­mai­ning vi­neyards. The di­shes ser­ved at its re­stau­rant are ex­qui­si­te­ly lin­ked to the fer­ti­le ter­ri­to­ry whe­re it's lo­ca­ted, with mu­ch of what's on the pla­te hai­ling from the esta­te's ve­ge­ta­ble gar­den. In sum­mer, its gar­den hosts a beau­ti­ful ex­hi­bi­tion of sculp­tu­res by Ame­ri­can ar­ti­st Ca­ro­le Feuer­man, a pio­neer of hy­per­rea­li­st sculp­tu­re. Ta­ke the shut­tle from St. Mark's Squa­re and head to the re­sort on the Island of Ro­ses: brea­th­ta­king views, an abun­dan­ce of ro­ses and oli­ve gro­ves await you!

PHO­TO­GRA­PHING AR­TI­SANS

Li­ke ma­ny other Ita­lian ci­ties, Venice is re­no­w­ned for its age-old tra­di­tion of craf­tsman­ship. En­ter its ‘bot­te­ghe' on tip­toe, ask per­mis­sion to ta­ke pho­to­gra­phs and en­cou­ra­ge its ar­ti­sans to tell you about their work. They will be hap­py to re­veal the se­cre­ts of their tra­de (and in re­turn, you can reward them by buy­ing one of the items on sa­le). You'll ha­ve a field day ta­king pho­to­gra­phs of ar­ti­sans ei­ther ma­king Mu­ra­no glass beads kno­wn as ‘per­le a lu­me' or th­rea­ding ti­ny beads to ma­ke ex­qui­si­te Ve­ne­tian jewel­ry. Pop in­to a ‘sque­ro', the Ve­ne­tian word for a boa­tyard (you'll find one in San Tro­va­so), whe­re gon­do­las are still ma­de to­day and learn the se­cre­ts of this ti­me-ho­nou­red tra­de.

The ci­ty still hosts a num­ber of ‘for­co­lai', the ar­ti­sans who ma­ke the ro­w­locks or oar­posts for boa­ts and gon­do­las. They al­so ma­ke smal­ler ver­sions whi­ch you can ta­ke ho­me as a sou­ve­nir of your vi­sit to Venice.

Venice is al­so well-kno­wn for its prin­ting tra­di­tion. In the se­stie­re of Can­na­re­gio, you'll find print shops that still ma­ke ex­qui­si­te ima­ges of the ci­ty. If you're fee­ling in­spi­red, you can crea­te a the­med com­po­si­tion.

VI­SI­TING THE BIEN­NA­LE

This sum­mer, you'll ha­ve an op­por­tu­ni­ty to ta­ke pho­tos that are part of hi­sto­ry. The in­stal­la­tions, vi­si­ble from May to the end of November, scat­te­red across the ci­ty as part of the Venice Art Bien­na­le's of­fi­cial pro­gram, ma­ke for good su­b­ject mat­ter.

In front of the Ca' Sa­gre­do Ho­tel on the Grand Canal, you'll find the hu­ge ‘Sup­port' sculp­tu­re by re­no­w­ned ar­ti­st Lo­ren­zo Quinn.

In Cam­po San Vio, a twen­ty-me­ter gol­den to­wer by the ar­ti­st Ja­mes Lee Byars do­mi­na­tes the sce­ne, whi­le in the Ar­se­na­le/Giar­di­ni area you'll find a rhi­no­ce­ros.

Fi­nal­ly, at the ‘Giar­di­ni Ma­ri­na­res­sa', in Ri­va dei Set­te Mar­ti­ri, you'll ha­ve a unique op­por­tu­ni­ty to pho­to­gra­ph a se­ries of ten stun­ning hy­per­rea­li­stic sculp­tu­res of swim­mers by Ca­ro­le Feuer­man.

POINTS OF VIEW Above, a spec­ta­cu­lar view of the Grand Canal seen from the ter­ra­ce of the T Fon­da­co dei Te­de­schi de­part­ment sto­re. Right, the Gar­den of Ot­ti­lia, a ma­ster­pie­ce of bo­ta­ni­cal art and one of the mo­st beau­ti­ful green spa­ces on the Island of Giu­dec­ca.

Fon­da­co Ter­ra­ce - pho­to by­mat­teo de fi­na @ dfs

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