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:
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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 2014
Cast in Stone
External Links Picture of the Week 2015
Summertime Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean Picture of the Week 2016
Most Serene Places My Favorites Picture of the Week 2017
Picture of the Week 2018

June 14, 2019

Un pomeriggio in laguna.

Where are we? (Hint: somewhere in the lagoon)

June 7, 2019

Pensione Accademia, Dorsoduro

Where are we and who wrote the phrase below? Answer

May 31, 2019

Palazzo Soranzo-Van Axel, Cannaregio

Where are we? Answer

May 24, 2019

Brocca, men's store, Rugheta del Ravano, San Polo

Where are we? Answer

May 17, 2019

Salizada San Francesco, Castello

Where are we? Answer

May 10, 2019

Rio de San Barnaba from Ca' Rezzonico, Dorsoduro

There are a few of these peep screens scattered in different parts of the city: Cannaregio, San Polo, Dorsoduro.
Do you know where we can find this one? Answer

May 3, 2019

Palazzo Ducale, San Marco

Here is a tough one: Where are we today? Think Cannaregio. Answer

April 26, 2019

Rio de la Toletta from Ponte Lombardo, Dorsoduro

Where are we? Answer

April 19, 2019

La Pietà, by Giambattista Cima da Conegliano (1517/1518) Accademia di Belle Arti, Dorsoduro.

April 12, 2019

Views from the Campanile di San Marco

This picture has one very special feature. We can see (albeit barely) the only bridge in the heart of Venice
visible from the campanile: Ponte del Lovo on Rio de San Salvador (center of picture).

In this picture we see four campanili. Can you identify them? Answer

April 5, 2019

Call it wisteria, glycine, glicina, glicine or glyzinien, its purple explosion embellishes every spring this corner
of the Grand Canal by Rio de San Zan Degolà in Santa Croce.

Can you identify the campanile and the dome behind? Answer

March 29, 2019

Campiello Barbaro, Dorsoduro

Where are we? Answer

March 22, 2019

Ponte de la Costituzione and Ponte del Monastero, Santa Croce

Where can we find this relief of the Virgin of the Rosary, Baby Jesus and saints? Answer

March 15, 2019

Rio de Noal, Cannaregio

Where are we? Answer

March 8, 2019


Where are we? Answer

March 1st, 2019

Approaching Venice from the airport

Can you guess from what point of the lagoon (between which islands) was the above picture taken?
For a slightly different, but revealing, viewpoint see Leading Pictures.
Where are we standing in the picture below? Answer

February 22, 2019

Circolo Sottufficiali Marina Militare, Riva de la Ca' di Dio, Castello.
In this building the Most Serene Republic had the state ovens where "biscotti" and
"gallette" were baked to feed its mariners during their long sea voyages.

Here is the coat of arms of the Italian Navy (Marina Militare). Do you know what it represents? Answer

February 15, 2019

San Giorgio Maggiore, San Marco

Where are we? Answer

February 8, 2019

Scuola Levantina, Ghetto Vecchio, Cannaregio.

Bimà, Scuola Levantina. According to tradition the imposing bimà is the work of  wood-carving artist
Andrea Brustolon (1662-1732) from Belluno.

Where are we? Can you locate this window? Answer

February 1st, 2019

Rio de San Barnaba, Dorsoduro

Do you recognize the spot that inspired this painting by Lee Jian? Answer

January 25, 2019

John Ruskin had a very low esteem for the architecture of the High Renaissance and the Baroque, a sentiment that we do not share at aloverofvenice. Here is what he has to say about the façade of the Ospedaletto and other buildings of the period that he calls the Grotesque Renaissance:
About the Ospedaletto: "The most monstrous example of the Grotesque Renaissance which there is in Venice; the sculptures on its façade representing masses of diseased figures and swollen fruit."
"It is almost worth devoting an hour to the successive examination of five buildings, as illustrative of the last degradation of the Renaissance. S. Moisè is almost clumsy, S. Maria Zobenigo the most impious, S. Eustachio the most ridiculous, the Ospedaletto the most monstrous, and the head at S. Maria Formosa the most foul." (from "The Stones of Venice," volume III).

Ospedaletto, Castello

San Moisè, San Marco

Santa Maria Zobenigo, San Marco

San Stae (San Eustachio), Santa Croce

Santa Maria Formosa, Castello

January 18, 2019

Abbazia S. Gregorio, Dorsoduro.
Behind the Gothic portal, surmounted by Saint Gregory's relief,  is a beautiful cloister
from 1342. Next door is the Neo-Gothic palace, Palazzo Genovese, now a luxury hotel. The abbazia was once a
wedding present from the American heiress Barbara Hutton to her groom, Cary Grant. Despite the present, the marriage lasted
only three years.

Where are we? Answer

January 11, 2019

Rio e Ponte dei Santi Apostoli, Cannaregio

Where are we? Answer

January 4, 2019


Where can we find this forcolaio? Answer

December 28, 2018

Happy New Year!!!

Where are we? Answer