In this chapter we will deal with the incredible Giudecca Island, located along the historic center of Venice and seems almost to protect it.
The Giudecca Island, at the time of the Republic, was a large park with magical houses and lush gardens, an evocative stage of which only a few could enjoy. Once upon a time this island was called Spinalunga, because of its elongated herringbone shape, but over time, at least as some scholars believe, it took the name of Giudecca, because of the Jews, or the Jews who once lived here .
Other studies, however, claim that the name derives from "judged" because in the ninth century rebellious nobles were judged and banished in this island. This set of islets that make up the Giudecca island is located south of the historic center of Venice, opposite the Dorsoduro district, along the famous Giudecca canal.
Among the most precious jewels of the island we want to mention the Church of the Zitelle, one of the Palladian wonders that enhance the profile of the island. The complex of Santa Maria della Presentazione is known by the name of the "zitelle" because at that time, in the convent, young poor people were welcomed and helped and, consequently, destined to remain singles (zitelle).
The Basilica of Santissimo Redentore, designed by the architect Andrea Palladio, is the main monument of Giudecca island and was built between 1577 and 1592 as a token of thanks for the end of the plague of 1576, which caused the death of one third of the population.
Designed in a style that goes back to ancient Rome, the church is the full expression of the Palladian style, with elegant yet sober proportions and an imposing entrance staircase. The interior, in classic style, contrasts with the elaborate and ornate style of most Venetian churches.
The most relevant paintings are by Alvise Vivarini and Paolo Veronese and are kept in the sacristy on the right of the choir. Every year the doge and his court went to visit this church, crossing the channel of the Zattere on a special bridge of floating boats positioned for the Feast of the Redeemer. Feast that is still celebrated in the third weekend of July.
The wonderful islands of the Venetian lagoon, with their most characteristic and intimate aspect.
◊ THE VENEZIA PROVINCE ◊
Holds an artistic and cultural heritage like few other areas in the world, its lagoon has been the cradle of local civilization and its coastline offers renowned seaside resorts. This province, rich in resources, hides elegant villas and pretty villages, even if the most precious and brilliant stone is represented by the island of Venice, an island which has a beautiful fish shape which protect the most beautiful, romantic and mysterious city in the world. It’s built on a series of marshy islets. Unfortunately it is subject to the tides of the Adriatic Sea and frequent floods but continues to survive in spite of all the predictions. Plan your holidays in the Venezia province, our tips and suggestive photographs will help you to take the right path for your trip.
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The Veneto Region, nestled in the north-east of Italy, is a mix of history and traditions and, all of it, is enriched by the liveliness of its inhabitants and by a wide range of typical products all to be savored. From the highest peaks of the Dolomites, he embraces and welcomes each visitor with brotherly warmth, accommodating him among the many lounges of his cities of art, giving him unforgettable emotions. Turning between the pages of this site, you can organize your next holidays in the Veneto region and thanks to the many photos published, everything will be very simple.
In this chapter we discuss Sport, that is, from the easiest sports activities for families to the most complex and demanding ones.
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In this chapter we discuss the Nature that surrounds us, a territory rich in biodiversity and particularly fragile, therefore absolutely to be respected.
In this chapter we discuss the history which, over time, has transformed, shaped and marked the territory of the Veneto region.