Picture of the Week

We start this new section where every week a different picture will be showcased. Occasionally, there will be a second picture for you to identify.

The answer will be posted the following week, but if you do not want to wait, you can always e-mail me at:
(your e-mail address will not be published or shared)

San Polo Picture of the Week 2010
Santa Croce Picture of the Week 2011
Castello San Marco Picture of the Week 2012
Madonna della Misericordia
Christmas in Venice Picture of the Week 2013
Snow-Covered Venice
Signs, Banners and Graffiti Picture of the Week 2015
Cast in Stone
External Links Picture of the Week 2016
Summertime Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean Picture of the Week 2017
Most Serene Places My Favorites Picture of the Week 2018
Dorsoduro Picture of the Week Picture of the Week 2019

July 11, 2014

Cicheti time. Osteria da Carla, San Marco.

Where are we? Answer

July 6, 2014

"Glass Comet" by artist Simone Cenedese, Murano.

June 27, 2014

Canal de la Scomenzera (Santa Croce-Dorsoduro)
Scomenzera is an artificial canal that links two independent basins or two natural and navigable canals.
Canal de la Scomenzera links Canal de la Giudecca with Canal S. Chiara and the Grand Canal.

Where are we? These two lion heads are about 100 yards apart. Answer

June 20, 2014

Arsenal opening into the lagoon, Castello

Where are we? Answer

June 13, 2014

Campo de la Carità,

Here is a tough one. You can find this little guy on a rio in Castello near Santa Maria Formosa.
You can also see it from a palazzo across the rio (if you are lucky to find it open for an exhibit).
Google Maps has a great view of it (Venice Connected is dark). Answer

June 6, 2014

Borges Labyrinth, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore.
June 14 marks the 28th anniversary of the death of Jorge Luis Borges.

May 30, 2014

Pasticceria Rizzardini, Campiello dei Meloni, San Polo.
One of my favorite shops. Their bussolà are the best in town.

Where are we? Answer

May 23, 2014

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, San Polo.

Where are we? Answer

May 16, 2014

A corner of Castello

A bridge without a rio. Where are we? Answer

May 9, 2014

San Nicoḷ da Tolentino, Santa Croce

May 3, 2014

Ponte Diavolo, Torcello.
Like Ponte Chiodo in Cannaregio, this is a bridge without handrails.
Its construction dates from the 15th century, although an original bridge, most likely without an arch, was already there
in the 13th century. Whether the name is due to an old family or a legend is still debatable.

Another Venice

If we squint our eyes we can imagine what Piazza San Marco might have looked like in the 7th-8th century
way before it became Piazza San Marco.
This is not near San Marco but it's still central Venice at its best.
Where are we? Answer

April 25, 2014
Today is Saint Mark's feast day. Rustico of Torcello and Buono of Malamocco taking the body of Saint Mark in Alexandria
and hiding it in a basket with cured pork. The Muslim guards are put off by the offending cargo and the basket makes it
safely to Venice.

Please read the letter that Yvonne reposted yesterday. It's signed by a number of determined Venetian citizens and it's about the
future of our beloved Venice. Here is the link.

Where are we? Answer

April 18, 2014

Ponte Chiodo, Cannaregio

Where are we?
After I took this picture I remembered the approximate area but I couldn't pin down the exact location.
I think this happens to all of us in Venice where the camera seems to be faster than the eye.
My bible, "Calli, Campielli e Canali," 1999 edition, was of no help. Finally, I "located" the place
by using Venice Connected (water view) and taking as a reference
the corner of the window and the wall seen on the other side of the canal.
It's in Cannaregio. I hope your memory is better than mine. Answer

April 11, 2014

A failed after-Christmas experiment, Sant' Elena

April 4, 2014

Riva degli Schiavoni, Castello

Where are we? Answer
Congratulations to Sophie from Paris who got all the mystery photos
for the past 25 weeks!

March 28, 2014

Fondamenta Briati on Rio dei Carmini, Dorsoduro

Giuseppe Briati, born in Murano in 1686, introduced the art of crystal making to his city in 1730 after learning the craft in Bohemia. He could render to perfection any imaginable object: flowers, fruits, animals, trees and even bridges like never seen before. His success made his fellow Muranese glassmakers very jealous to the extent that they threatened him with death. Trying to get away from the threats, in 1739 Giuseppe obtained a special permit to install his kilns in Venice proper –kilns had been banned in Venice since 1291 for safety reasons– by the Rio dei Carmini at number 2530 (shown below).

The column by the gate comes from the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, Greece, and it's probably one of the oldest architectural elements found in Venice (5th cent. BC). The lion is from the 19th cent. The column was installed there by the Busetto family in 1862.

Here is a tough one. Where are we? "De ultra" not "de citra." Answer

March 22, 2014

San Marco.
The brickwork reveals how the exterior of the church looked like before the embellishment program that began in the 13th century.

...and continuing with the "vera da pozzo" theme: where are we today? Two sestieri, one institution (...not quite). Answer

March 14, 2014

Rio de San Zan Degolà, Santa Croce

Where are we? Answer

March 7, 2014

Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore.
The impressive Longhena's library from the 17th century...

...and the equally impressive "Nuova Manica Lunga" library from the 21st. The new library is the work of architect
Michele De Lucchi who transformed the old Benedictine dormitory, known as "Manica Lunga" (long sleeve) and originally
built by Giovanni Buora, into this modern and functional space that houses more than 150,000 volumes on art history alone.
The old cells are used as cozy reading and working areas.

Where are we? Answer

February 28, 2014

Shopping center at the Santa Lucia train station, Cannaregio.

February 21, 2014

Lido. Church of Santa Maria Elisabetta (XVII cent.)

The dome nearby is a votive church (also known as Santa Maria Elisabetta)
built by the Venetians in the 1930s to express gratitude for having survived
the First World War. Today it's a military memorial.

Where are we? Answer

February 14, 2014

Delicious kosher cicheti at "Gam-Gam" in the Ghetto, Fondamenta de Cannaregio.

Happy Valentine's day!

February 7, 2014

Casa Finta ("Pretend House"), Castello. The extreme acute angle makes this building appear like a stage set.

Where are we? Answer

February 1, 2014

Did you notice that the balconies of the Seminario Patriarcale on Fondamenta de la Dogana a La Salute are slanted,
facing Il Redentore?

Check out the new section, Corte del Volto Santo, in Most Serene Places.

January 24, 2014

Salizada San Moisè, San Marco

Where are we? Answer

January 17, 2014

View from the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore. Far away we can see Torcello and its bell tower (under repair), to its right is the island of Burano and to its left and toward the middle of the picture, sort of halfway between Venice and Torcello, is the forgotten island of Madonna del Monte. In fact it is two islands linked by a stretch of land only visible at very low tide. This island had one of the first human settlements in the lagoon; it had been occupied by the Romans way before the Venetians settled there. A monastery, called San Nicoḷ della Cavana, was built in 1303 and abandoned in the middle of the 15th century. A church consecrated to the Madonna del Rosario was built at the beginning of the 18th century and demolished in the 19th. In the 20th century, the island was used to store gunpowder and the ruins that we see today are the remains of those facilities.

Madonna del Monte

Madonna del Monte

January 10, 2014

Rio de la Salute, Dorsoduro

This picture was taken from a public building. Do you know where? Answer

January 3, 2014

Wise Men
Venetian style

Artist: Luciano Soleni, 2008.
For those who would like to enjoy the spirit of Christmas a bit longer
here is a link to Luciano Soleni 2012 nativity scene in the church
de la Madalena, Venice; video by L. Orlandi.

Where are we? Answer

December 27, 2013

Bacino di San Marco. Happy New Year!!