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(your e-mail address will not be published or shared)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 2016
Most Serene Places My Favorites Picture of the Week 2018
Dorsoduro Picture of the Week Picture of the Week 2019

December 29, 2017
From Vegas, Ca' d'Oro:

the fake...

and the original...

Happy New Year!!!!!

December 22, 2017
Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux NoŰl, Buon Natale, Fr÷liche Weihnachten, Felican Kristnaskon, Feliz Natal,
Nadolig Llawen, Nollaig Shona, Koa Kirihimete...

December 15, 2017
Happy Hanukkah

Where are we? Answer

December 8, 2017
On the day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary by Saint Anne and
in anticipation to Christmas, a Venetian Nativity.

Where are we? Answer

December 1, 2017
Ghetto, Cannaregio

Where are we? Answer

November 24, 2017

November 17, 2017
November 21st is the Festa di Santa Maria della Salute, perhaps the most cherished of all Venetian celebrations.

Where are we today? Answer

November 10, 2017
Oratorio dei Crociferi, Cannaregio

Where can we find this tall and elegant arch? Answer

Photo credit: A Hoosier in Venice

October 14, 2017
Campo de la Celestia, Castello

Where are we? Answer

October 6, 2017
Jiro Taniguchi's "Venice"
You don't have to be a lover of manga to love Jiro Taniguchi's luscious tribute to Venice.
This beautiful book, illustrated by Japanese artist Jiro Taniguchi (1947-2017) and produced by Louis Vuitton,
will take you to a solitary and evocative walk around the city. The story is simple and the text has been masterfully
distilled to the bare essentials. 
A modern treasure.

Where are we? Answer

September 29, 2017
Rio del Malcanton, Santa Croce

Where are we? Answer

September 22, 2017

Where is this sandolo? Answer

September 15, 2017
Seafood feast at Trattoria Altanella, Giudecca.

Marinated anchovies, salmon and cod.

Grilled orata. Perfection!

Where are we? Answer

September 8, 2017

Views from the bell tower of Santa Maria Assunta, Torcello.

Where can we find this capitelo? Answer

September 1, 2017
Sunday, September 3, is the Regata Storica.
One of the best places to watch it is on the steps of La Salute. Around 4 pm the wonderful Coro Serenissima
will perform typical Venetian songs. A real treat. Don't miss it.

Where are we today? Answer

August 25, 2017
Rio de S. Stin, San Polo
San Stin is a corruption of San Stefanino, the name of the church consecrated to S. Stefano, confessor. This church
was small, hence the name, compared to the other church of S. Stefano consecrated to S. Stefano, protomartyr, in San Marco.
To the right is Palazzo Zeno, the residence of the legendary Venetian admiral Carlo Zeno, who along with Vittor Pisani was
one of the heroes of the war of Chioggia against Genoa (1378-1381).
The church of S. Stin was closed in 1810 and demolished a few years later. It was located on the back and to the left of the

Where are we? One of my favorite places in Venice. Answer

August 18, 2017
Museo Storico Navale, Padiglione delle Navi, Castello.
Royal barge: built in the Arsenal in the first half of the 19th century. It was used by King Vittotio Emanuele II in 1866
to celebrate the incorporation of Venice to the kingdom of Italy.

Where can we find this tiny vera da pozzo? Answer

August 11, 2017
True Venetian skills: The case for the flying crate...

Where are we today? Answer

August 4, 2017
To the Vivante family: Anna, Ida, Alba and Costante, arrested on August 7, 1944, deported to Auschwitz and assassinated.
They are only four of the two hundred and forty-six Jews captured in Venice and deported to concentration camps.
Only eight survived.
These brass markers are on Calle Scaleta, near Campo Santa Marina, Castello. You are not forgotten.

Where are these intriguing golden lions?
From where was this picture taken? Answer

Many thanks to a Hoosier in Venice for sending
this great picture!

July 28, 2017
Rio dei Frari, San Polo

Where is this remote church closed to cult? Answer

July 21, 2017

San Nicol˛ al Lido

Where can we find this ethereal vera da pozzo? Answer

July 14, 2017
Where Rio dei Frari meets Rio de S. TomÓ, San Polo.

Fondamenta de l'Osmarin, Castello.

Once again, we are trying to locate a dark, narrow rio. Where are we today? Answer

To all our friends in France, especially Sophie, Happy Bastille Day!!!

July 7, 2017

Accademia, Dorsoduro

June 30, 2017

Rio de la Panada, Cannaregio. Palazzo Van Axel in the center of the picture.

This elaborate black door is part of a trio. Where can we find it? Answer

June 23, 2017
Mercato Rialto

Where are we? Answer

June 16, 2017
Roof line (Ca' Dario and La Salute) from the gardens of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Dorsoduro.

Where are we? Answer

June 9, 2017
Rio de Noal, Cannaregio.
The Noal, Noale or Anovale was a noble Venetian family originally from Noale in the Veneto region.

Where are we? Answer

June 2, 2017
Rio de Ca' Foscari, Dorsoduro

Where is this portal? Answer

May 26, 2017

ViVa La Pace.
The bragosso was a fishing vessel used in the Adriatic by the Venetians.
It had two brightly colored sails usually red, orange or ocher which made it more
visible and also helped to identify it in the middle of the sea or when the boat was returning home.
The bow was decorated with oil paintings made by the same fishermen and often depicted
an angel playing the trumpet and the inscription "W La Pace",
like this handsome one that today graces the waters of Cannaregio.

Where can we find this "Offerte alla la B. Vergine del Parto"? Answer

May 19, 2017
From my Venetian Journals

Belfry of S. Stefano, San Marco.

Beautiful convex mirrors, inspired by the one seen in Van Eyck's painting
"The Arnolfini Wedding," can be found at Canestrelli on Sacca de la Toletta, 1173 Dorsoduro.
They are made by master artisan Stefano Coluccio who follows the family tradition
of his mother and grandfather.

Pardon my drawing, but where are we? We have visited this exact location a few months
ago in a mystery photo.
Let the text guide you to nearby places. Answer

May 12, 2017
Two little gems for those who can read Italian and enjoy Venetian history.

These two small books written by Paolo Mameli make Venetian history come alive.
Volume I tells the legend of the b˛colo, the red rose given by men to their inamoratas on Saint Mark's day,
the moving story of the fornaretto (little baker) who paid with his life for a crime that perhaps he didn't commit,
and the eloping of Bianca Capello with a bank clerk from Florence. Volume II recounts the visit in 1574 of
King Henry III of France and his encounter with courtesan Veronica Franco, the story of nobleman Antonio
Foscarini and his possible involvement in the Spanish conspiracy, and a fictional encounter of famous people
at CaffŔ Florian set in today's Venice. To put things in perspective, each fictionalized story is followed by an
account of the actual facts and the sources used by the author.
Two unusual little treasures written by somebody who knows and loves Venice like few people do.

Where are we sitting today? Answer

May 5, 2017
Did you know that the campanile of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello, the campanile of San Marco
and the main dome of the church of Santa Maria de la Salute are aligned? Planned or coincidence?

Where can we find this charming relief of San Francesco? Answer

April 28, 2017
Saffa, Cannaregio. For more images of this secluded district see the section Most Serene Places.

Continuing with the theme of doors and gates, can you locate this hidden portal
in a sestiere that we have not visited in a while? Answer

April 21, 2017
Venetian windows

Where can we find this attractive altar? Answer

April 14, 2017
San Giorgio Maggiore from the northeastern lagoon

Where can we find these unpretentious but elegant columns? Answer

April 7, 2017
Church of San Lio, Castello.

This church was first built in the 9th century and consecrated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria.
In the 11th century it was rededicated to Saint Leo IX, Pope (1049-1054).
The church underwent several reconstructions and transformations, especially in the 15th and 18th centuries.
The ceiling shows the fresco "Apotheosis of Saint Leo in Glory and the Exaltation of the Cross" by Giandomenico Tiepolo.
On a side altar is the painting "Apostle James the Major" by Titian.
On a recent visit, the old custodian sitting by the sacristy and with typical Venetian hospitality,
pointed out all the artistic treasures of his church as I walked around from altar to altar.

Where can we find this handsome door? Answer

March 31, 2017
Rio de la Fava, San Marco.
On the left, Gothic palazzo Giustinian Faccanon (15th century).

Where should we go to see these basreliefs of a fish and an oyster? Answer

March 24, 2017
San Simeon Picolo, Santa Croce.

Where can we find these gondole? Answer

March 17, 2017
Rio de San Zaninovo, Castello.

Where are these handsome windows? Answer

March 10, 2017

Procuratie Nove, courtyard. San Marco.

Where can we see these faces? Answer

March 3, 2017

Rio dei Barcaroli, San Marco.

Where can we find this charming capitŔlo? Answer

February 24, 2017

Teatro Carlo Goldoni, San Marco. This is the oldest theater in Venice still in operation. It opened in 1622 and underwent a number of reconstructions and name changes. It was called Teatro Vendramin, Teatro di San Salvador and Teatro di San Luca. After being closed for several years it reopened, completely restored, in 1979.

February 17, 2017

 A door in Castello

"I cannot rid myself of an impression that every Venetian door represents a particular year; that the city is in fact a museum that contains all human history and all of our future as well. This would, of course, explain why the doors are so mysterious and forlorn; why they are always locked; why nobody ever seems to be entering or coming out." Constantin Boym.

Chi sono? Dove si trovano? Who are they? Where are they? Answer

February 10, 2017

Libreria Acqua Alta, Castello.

Where can we find this intriguing door? Answer

February 3, 2017
Rielo de S. Antonio, San Polo.

Where can we find these two reliefs? They are in two different sestieri. Answer

January 27, 2017
Another beautiful knocker. This time in San Marco.

Have you seen this hidden door?
If you haven't, the logo tells you where it is. Answer

January 20, 2017
Somewhere in Castello... a beautiful knocker...

...and where is this beautiful door? Answer

January 13, 2017
I should have posted this picture a week ago!

Here's to you, one of the Three Kings, dancing in Santa Croce.

Check out the new additions to the section Signs, Banners and Graffiti.

Where can we find this beautiful door with two matching oval side windows? Answer

January 6, 2017
Wine transport on Rio del Mondo Novo

Where are we? Answer

December 30, 2016

Happy New Year!