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(your e-mail address will not be published or shared)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 2014
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

December 27, 2013

Bacino di San Marco. Happy New Year!!

December 20, 2013

Ponte del Remedio, Castello, Hotel Colombina.
Merry Christmas!!

Where are we? Answer

December 13, 2013

Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato, Murano

Where are we? Answer

Check out the new sections:

Most Serene Places
and Signs, Banners and Graffiti

December 6, 2013

Torcello. This is probably how Venice looked like some 1500 years ago.

Where are we? Answer

Check out the new sections:

Most Serene Places
and Signs, Banners and Graffiti

November 29, 2013

Rio Terà dei Catecumeni, Dorsoduro.

Where are we? Answer

November 22, 2013

Ghetto, Cannaregio.

Yesterday was La Festa della Salute, watch a very touching video of the celebration recorded
at the church by Leonardo Orlandi.

You've seen them, you've admired them, perhaps you've even bought them. Where are we? This window has been a
Venetian classic for years. Answer

Check out the new sections:

Most Serene Places
and Signs, Banners and Graffiti

November 15, 2013

Communism, Italian way. Corte Nova, Castello.

Darned padlocks! They are everywhere, even in this out-of-the-way bridge.
Where are we? Answer

Check out the new section: Most Serene Places

November 8, 2013

San Giacomo da l'Orio, Santa Croce.

Where are we? Answer

Coming soon, the new section "Most Serene Places"

November 1, 2013

Former church of Santa Marta, Dorsoduro.

For more information about this solitary church, read a very interesting post on Annie's blog

Where are we? Answer

October 25, 2013

A cute head in San Marco
(and we are not talking about the gondolier...)

Thanks Junko from Oklahoma for sharing the picture and the heading (or should I say the head?)

Where are we? Answer

October 18, 2013

Calle Centani is a very narrow and rather long street in San Polo that leads nowhere, except for this funny graffito at the end.

"Finally I am out of the tunnel!"

Calle Centani (off Calle dei Nomboli) is behind Palazzo Rizzo-Centani, the house where Carlo Goldoni was born; today the
Goldoni Museum

Where are we? Answer

October 11, 2013

Getting ready for acqua alta, Dorsoduro

Where are we? Answer

October 4, 2013

Church of San Francesco de la Vigna, Castello
Today is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi

One of the treasures of Venice is the painting by Fra Antonio da Negroponte "Praying Madonna and Child," on a side altar
of the church of San Francesco de la Vigna.

September 27, 2013

Arsenal, Castello

Where are we? Answer

August 31, 2013

Zattere, Dorsoduro

August 24, 2013

Ca' d'Oro, Cannaregio

Where are we? Answer

August 16, 2013


Photo credit: Vern, a Hoosier in Venice

August 10, 2013

Canal de la Giudecca

August 3, 2013

Corte Vechia, Cannaregio

July 26, 2013

Grand Canal

July 20, 2013

Rio de la Frescada, San Polo-Dorsoduro

July 12, 2013

Madonna de l'Orto, Cannaregio

Here is a very tough one. Think Dorsoduro. Answer

July 5, 2013

Rio de San Provolo, Castello

June 28, 2013

Ca' Rossa, Santa Croce

June 22, 2013

Teatro La Fenice, San Marco

This year is the bicentennial of the birth of Verdi and Wagner. Two composers forever linked to Venice.

June 15, 2013

Morning in Dorsoduro

Where are we?
For those familiar with Venice's geography, this should be an easy sight to spot.
I left the street number for those who have no clue and want to locate it using Venice Connected.
I must confess that I've seen this sign a million times but I never noticed, until now, what it depicts.
That is also a clue. Answer

June 8, 2013

San Polo

June 2, 2013

Corte del Rosario, Castello

Thanks to Bettina from Ontario who sent me the following picture of an interesting detail of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The dragon looks almost identical to the one in Corte del Rosario and I wonder if there is a connection between the two or if it is just a coincidence. The absence of front legs, the size of the wings –very small in both cases– and the two tail rings  (details that serve to distinguish between the many types of European dragons) put these two in the same species.

According to Rizzi, the dragon on Corte del Rosario dates from the 14th cent. and may be a fragment of a relief that also depicted Saint George. The one in Pisa, probably from 1173, doesn't seem to be related to saint George but instead it's confronting a bull and being attacked by a bear.

The Latin inscription on the tower reads "This campanile was founded in the month of August A. D. 1174". Since the Pisans computed the beginning of the year on March 25 of the preceding year, the date in fact corresponds to August 1173 of the common era.

If anybody has information about these reliefs, please let me know and I will share it with everybody. I believe the relief is on the ground floor (blind arcade) of the tower.

Photo credit: Bettina from Ontario

May 25, 2013

Rio de la Misericordia, Cannaregio

May 19, 2013

Where are we? Answer

May 11, 2013


May 4, 2013

Summer storm in Burano

Where are we? Answer

April 28, 2013

Stonemason's marks. Palazzo Ducale

April 20, 2013

Moving day under the rain, Castello

Check out the revamped Dorsoduro section and the new section  Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean

April 13, 2013

Fondamenta de la Toletta, Dorsoduro

Where are we? Answer

Check out the revamped Dorsoduro section.

April 5, 2013

Sotoportego del Filatoio, Santa Croce

Filatoio (also known as Filatojo, Filatoj, Filatoi or Filatore) means 'spinner'.

Do you know where to find me? Answer

Check out the new section:
Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean

March 30, 2013

What would you do if a friend gives you one as a gift?

San Polo

Check out the new section:
Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean

March 23, 2013

Church of Santa Maria del Giglio also known as Santa Maria Zobenigo, San Marco.
This church dedicated to the Annunciation (giglio means lily, the flower carried by the Archangel Gabriel when he presented himself to Mary) has a beautiful main altar with sculptures of Mary and Gabriel by Heinrich Meyring (17th century) and a little-noticed balustrade with a marble inlay showing the "Communion of the Apostles," by Giovanni Comin.
March 25 is the feast day of the Annunciation.

Check out the new section:

Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean

March 15, 2013

Pardon me... I couldn't help putting these two photos together so they read "Corte del Papa Argentino."
One in Castello, the other near the Lido.
I didn't know much about Pope Francis, but the more I read about his life, especially in the Argentine newspapers, the more impressed I am. People, common people, are coming together and sharing their stories of how he touched their lives in wondrous and unexpected ways.
After receiving a letter or a phone call from perfect strangers he would immediately and personally call back and address their concerns. Not a small thing when you are an archbishop.
His friends gave him a new pair of shoes before he left for Rome because his were too worn out. He loves to walk and to take public transportation, the bus, the subway, the train. He arrived at the conclave walking, not by car. He lived in a small room in Buenos Aires with a wooden bed, an electric heater, and a crucifix he inherited from his grandparents, as his only possessions. He liked to be addressed simply as Jorge (his first name) or father, instead of Monsignor.
He asked the people of Argentina, especially politicians, not to travel to Rome for his enthronement, but to donate instead the cost of the trip to the poor.
We can only expect good things from him. He is a good man.

March 9, 2013

March 2, 2013

San Marco

Where are we? Answer

February 22, 2013

Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii, San Simeon Profeta, vulgo Grando, Santa Croce.

The image of the Virgin of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7th, the day of the victory
of the Holy League against the Turks in the battle of Lepanto. It is also known as
Our Lady of Victories.

February 15, 2013

Corte Rota, Castello

February 8, 2013

San Marco

"I owe everything to God and Country"
Where are we? Answer

February 1, 2013

Dreaming of cicheti. Osteria da Carla, San Marco 1535.

January 25, 2013

Ponte del Parucheta, Santa Croce-San Polo.

According to Tassini, the name of the bridge and adjacent fondamenta in this corner of Venice near San Giocomo da l'Orio, was spread by the populace ridiculing the weird wig worn by a seller of fodder who had his shop nearby. Parrucca (paruca in Venetian) means wig.

January 18, 2013

Winter afternoon

The house at the center of the picture is one of the oldest in Venice. Where are we? Answer

You can now check the answers to the Campanili game.

January 11, 2013

Winter morning

January 4, 2013


Check out the new game, Campanili.