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(your e-mail address will not be published or shared)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 2014
Cast in Stone
External Links Picture of the Week 2015
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 30, 2016

Happy New Year!

December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas, Joyeux NoŽl, Feliz Navidad,  Buon Natale, FrŲhliche Weihnachten, Feliz Natal!

Where are we? Answer

December 17, 2016

"Adoration of the Shepherds" by Paolo Veronese, church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Castello.

Are these slivers of specular Venice enough to know where we are? Answer

December 9, 2016

Edible art

Where are we? Answer

December 2, 2016

The theme today is "colorful walls."
Somewhere in San Marco

Somewhere in Castello

Where are we? Answer

November 25, 2016

Campo Santa Ternita, Castello.

From this campiello we can see, but are not on, the Grand Canal. Where are we? Answer

November 18, 2016

Santa Maria de la Salute, high altar:
designed by Longhena and carved by Baroque Flemish sculptor Giusto Le Court
(also known as Josse de Corte). Venice is kneeling before the Madonna and Child asking for protection from the plague
of 1630 represented as a fleeing woman. San Marco and San Lorenzo Giustiniani flank the scene.

La Festa della Salute is celebrated on November 21.

Where are we? Answer

November 11, 2016

Late afternoon in the lagoon

Where are we? Answer

November 4, 2016

La Mia Burano

A flagpole base, a mortar? I have no idea what this strange object is.
But, where is it?
For the record, the grooves are not helical, just concentric but a
bit tilted. Answer

October 28, 2016

Aeroporto Nicelli, Lido.
Aeroporto Nicelli was first a military airport (1915) used during the Great War, and then converted to commercial
use (1926). It was the first commercial airport in Italy with flights between Venice and Vienna.
In 2014 it was chosen as the third most beautiful airport in the world by the BBC (the first was Terminal 1 of Hong Kong International,
and the second, Montevideo's International.)

Where are we? Answer

October 21, 2016

Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Dorsoduro
The oval spiral staircase was designed by the Italian architect Tommaso Bussi (1958).

In Venice, I've seen grapevines growing in the most unexpected places. Where is this one? Answer

October 14, 2016

Palazzo on Rio dei Barcaroli, San Marco.

So many campanili in Venice's skyline as seen from Burano, but can you spot the intruder? It's impressive. Answer

October 7, 2016

Regata Storica, September 4, 2016

This is the best spot in town to see this small campanile. Where are we? Answer

September 30, 2016

Campo San Vio, Dorsoduro

Where can we find this, perhaps the oldest capitŤlo in Venice? Answer

September 23, 2016

Sacca Fisola

Chiesa di San Gerardo, Sacca Fisola.

August 12, 2016

Rio dei Giardinetti, San Marco.
Is this the only drawbridge in Venice?

We're used to seeing this window all dressed up. Here, we caught it in between dresses. Where are we?
Hint: if you could identify those little "nails" scattered on the bottom shelf, you'd be half way there. Answer

August 5, 2016

Portrait of two Venetian chemists from 1729.
Antica Farmacia Santa Fosca on Strada Nova, Cannaregio.

Where can we find this royal couple? They are not alone. Five more heads complete the ensemble high up above some
second-story windows. Answer

July 29, 2016

From Ponte de l'Accademia

Where is this beautiful choir? Answer

July 22, 2016

Rio dei Giardini, Castello.

This mural belongs to one of the oldest national pavilions (1909) at the Biennale. Do you know which country? Answer

July 16, 2016


Where can we find Corte del Braso Nuo (Court of the Naked Arm)? Answer

July 8, 2016

Bacino di San Marco

Where are we? Answer

June 29, 2016

Rio de la Salute, Dorsoduro.

What gate is this lion guarding? Answer

May 27, 2016

Rio e Ponte dei Santi Apostoli, Cannaregio.

Taco shells, red-velvet cake mix, dulce de leche, Sapporo beer: Where are we? Answer

May 20, 2016

Window near Ponte del Forner (San Polo-Santa Croce)

Where are we? Answer

May 13, 2016

La Fenice, San Marco.

May 6, 2016


This picture was taken from land. Where are we? Answer

April 29, 2016

This archway (beginning 15th cent.) on via Garibaldi in the heart of
Castello was the entrance to the Conservatory of the Zitelle, adjacent
to the church and monastery of San Domenico.
The complex was demolished in 1807.

Where are we? Answer

April 22, 2016

Rio de San Provolo from Fondamenta de l'Osmarin (rosemary) with Ponte del Diavolo and Palazzo Priuli, Castello.

Where are we? Answer

April 15, 2016

At the border in Dorsoduro

Where are we? Answer

April 8, 2016

Corte del Calderer, San Polo. 
This corte is named after the "caldereri" or "calderai," manufacturers
of cauldrons and copper pots who
got organized in 1294 under the protection of S. Giovanni Decollato.
Their meeting place was the church of San Luca in San Marco.
Calle del Calderer, off Fondamenta de la Misericordia in Cannaregio, is also named after them.
Corte del Calderer is one of the few remaining places in Venice where we can still admire the old
herringbone brick design.

Where are we? Answer

April 1, 2016

View from the Campanile di San Marco towards the east with the churches of Santa Maria Formosa and Santi Giovanni e Paolo,
and the islands of San Michele and Murano.

Where are we? Answer

Thanks to Marco for contributing to the "Picture of the Week" and the "Mystery Photo"
with these great shots.

March 25, 2016

On March 29 the Jewish Ghetto turns 500 and Venice is planning a big commemoration
to honor Jewish culture and traditions with an exhibition (Venice, the Jews and Europe. 1516-2016)
at the Doge's Palace (from June 19th to November 13th) and a production of The Merchant of Venice
for the first time in the ghetto itself (July 26-31) among other events.
To mark the occasion, the New York Times recently published an apropos article on
the Jewish Ghetto of Venice.

March 18, 2016

San Marco, near Teatro La Fenice.

Where are we? Answer

March 11, 2016

"A Beautiful Woman in Venice" is the new title from author Kathleen GonzŠlez
who has previously given us "Free Gondola Ride" and "Seductive Venice."
This very well researched book fills a big void in the telling of Venetian history: the pivotal,
but often ignored, role that Venetian women played in the making of the Republic.
Prolific writers, daring poets, talented musicians, pioneer glassmakers,  passionate denouncers, all
find a voice in  Kathleen GonzŠlez's engaging writing. Do not be mislead by the title. This is not
a book about courtesans Ėalthough there is a chapter on the most famous of all, Veronica Franco.
It's a book about ordinary women and their extraordinary achievements in a time when they had no voice,
no power. In Mrs. Gonzalez's own words: "Beauty comes in countless guises and packages. I won't
attempt to define it, though I hope that the stories of these beautiful Venetian women will
illuminate the term and help us all redefine beauty."

Ms GonzŠlez at a recent book signing in Sacramento, California.

March 4, 2016

Una bella giornata

Where can we find this arch? Answer

February 26, 2016

Antica Farmacia Santa Fosca on Strada Nova, Cannaregio.

Where can we find Saint Adrian (Adreanus), soldier and martyr who died on March 4, 306
at Nicomedia (today Izmit, Turkey)? Answer

February 19, 2016

Thinking of "flan di zucca" from La Zucca, Santa Croce.

Dove possiamo trovare quest' arco immurato? Risposta.

February 12, 2016

Building Venice one piece at a time.

Dove siamo? Answer

February 5, 2016

Fondamenta Zattere ai Gesuati from Giudecca

Where can we find this "piccola fondamenta"? So piccola that it has no name. Answer

January 29, 2016

Palazzo Rizzo-Centani also known as Casa di Carlo Goldoni.
This beautiful museum is the birthplace of the playwright in the heart of San Polo.
The building dates from the 15th century but it was restored in 1938.

Where are we? Answer

January 22, 2016

San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti, Castello.

Get your theodolite out. Where are we? Answer

January 15, 2016

Sant' Eufemia, Giudecca.

Where are we? Answer

Thanks to Sophie from Paris for contributing to the mystery picture this week with this great shot. It feels like a spot
where one can spend a whole afternoon just doing nothing, doesn't it?

January 8, 2016

Ponte de l'Accademia, San Marco

Where are we? Answer

January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!!

Where are we? Answer

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux NoŽl, Buon Natale, FrŲhliche Weihnachten, Feliz Natal!