Cities of art


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It is a city that is unique in the world: its elegance, particularity and its several aspects can’t be properly expressed by simple words.

Art and history are joined together in this city, which has been a crossroad of trades and several cultures, and preserves also nowadays its particular charm.

Here some suggestions to what you could visit in Venice:

St.Marks’ square and the Basilica
The square is the heart of the city. Here rises the Basilica of St.Mark with its mosaics, which show the history of the “Serenissima” (the old Republic of Venice). The building has 5 domes and a Greek cross pattern. It is the third Basilica dedicated to St.Mark, the previous two were destroyed. The interiors are covered with mosaics on golden background, showing biblical and allegorical scenes.

The Doge’s Palace
Placed near the Basilica and built in the XV century, it was the government's seat of the Serenissima. Now it is a gourgeous museum where you can admire the works of the best Venetian artists. Inside there is also the "Sansovina Library", which becomes frequently a centre for contemporary exhibitions. Not to be missed: the hall of the “Maggior Consiglio” (Major Council), the Bridge of Sighs and the prisons. In front of the Doge’s Palace there is the San Marco's Bell tower, that was made in 1173, restored in the XV century, and reconstructed after a collapse in 1902.

Rialto bridge
The bridge, as we can see it today, was built in 1591 by Antonio da Ponte. It presents two shop luxury lines and on one bank there are the fish market and the San Giacomo di Rialto's church.

Other Venetian monuments
Arsenal: ancient factory and great example of pre-industrial architecture. Today it is the centre of the famous exhibition called “Biennale”.
Church of Santa Maria della Salute: built by the Venetians as vow for the pestilence of the year 1630.
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari church: it is dedicated to the Ascension of St.Mary and situated in Campo dei Frari.

The principal canals
The principal canals of Venice are: - The Canal Grande, which divides the city in two parts. - The Canale della Giudecca, which separates the historical centre from the Giudecca isle.

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Padua is a vivid city full of art and culture. Here you'll find the Basilika of St. Anthony, patron of the town, and the Scrovegni's Chapel, where you can admire the paintings made by Giotto.

This chapel was dedicated to “Santa Maria della Carità”, and built between 1303 and 1306. Arrigo degli Scrovegni commissioned the construction of this building, in the way that his family and the whole community could pray in it.

Padua is also well known as characterized by museums. Here you can find, indeed, the Archaeological Museum with ancient pre-Roman and Roman findings, and the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art, where it is possible to see the paintings by Tintoretto and Tiepolo, and the famous Cross by Giotto.

A very important building is surely the Palace of Reason, called also “salon” by his inhabitants. It takes its name from the fact that the upper floor is made by one single huge hall. The palace looks on Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta, seat of vivid daily markets

Near Padua, on the Euganean hills, it is worth to visit Petrarca’s House in Arquà.

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Surrounded by sixteenth-century-walls, this elegant and smart city is proud of Piazza dei Signori, the heart of the city. A lot of important churches are situated around this square: the Church of St. Nicolò, the Church of St. Francesco and the Church of St. Maria Maggiore. In the same area there is also the Palazzo del Trecento with its ancient tower, which dates back to 1265.

Close to the Cathedral there is a valuable Baptistery, dating back to the XI-XII century, which shows a splendid niche frescoed by Gentile da Fabriano.

Of great interest is surely the “Luigi Bailo” city museum with its three sections: the archeological part, the picture gallery, and the modern art gallery, where works of the end of the nineteenth century as well as of the second half of the twentieth century are exhibited.

Treviso is also famous for its good food and wine. In the typical taverns called “Osterie” you can taste special wines and products tipical of the area.

A great attraction of the green Treviso's environs are the charming Veneto’s Villas on the Terraglio route. We'd like to suggest you to visit Villa Giustinian in Roncade and Villa Albrizzi in S. Trovaso.

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Portogruaro was founded in 1140, and as its name suggests, in the ancient times it was a river port. During the period of the Venetian domination, Portogruaro became a flourishing place due to its trades, which were facilitated by his River Lemene.

With the decline of the Venetians' power, the city was ceded to Austria with the treaty of Campoformido, and during the nineteenth century annexed to the Reign of Italy, after the third Italian independence war.

The heart of the town is Piazza della Repubblica, that is really magnificent with its Venetian gothic style buildings. Here you can find also two museums: the Paleontological Museum “M. Gortani”, and the “Museo Nazionale Concordiese” with its archaeological findings of the Roman period.


Every Thursday, till the end of September, you can enjoy your guided tour of Portogruaro (English, French and German speaking guide). After the tour have an aperitif and then you are free to visit the city market.

Guided tour of Concordia Sagittaria e Portogruaro, on these dates 29/04 – 18/05 – 27/05 – 03/06.

Guided tour of Portogruaro during the events “Città Viva – Mercoledì musicali” e “Festival internazionale di Musica”.

Guided tour of Concordia Sagittaria during the event "Santo Stefano City Fair"

Organized by TVO – Tour in Venice Otherlands.

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udine san giacomo


The most important monuments of Udine are: the Cathedral, a palace called Loggia del Lionello, and the Palazzo Arcivescovile with magnificent frescoes made by Tiepolo.

Bartolomeo delle Cisterne started the construction of Loggia del Lionello, which is located in Piazza Libertà, in 1448 and the work was finished 9 years later. The plans for this monument were made by Nicolò Lionello.

A terrible fire destructed this building in year 1876, and the restoration, based on the original plans, was made by Andrea Scala. All the works, which were in the building, have been moved to the Museum of the city. Among these it is important to mention the paintings by Giovanni Antonio de’Sacchis (1516).

On the same square there is the Clock Tower, made by Giovanni da Udine in 1527, with his two Moors (1850), which strike the hours.

One of the symbols of Udine is the Castle, which is located on the small hill dominating the city. The period of construction of the castle is not known. What we can see today is a reconstruction, which took approximately 30 years, made after a terrible quake in year 1517.

Today the castle is the seat of the town museum and the gallery of history and art.

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This beautiful city deserves the title of Central Europe’s Crossroad, because through the time it has been a place where different cultures met. The signs of these events are impressed in the buildings and in the landscape of this place. This mixture of cultures can be evident by considering the different places of worship: there is the Cathedral of St.Giusto (14th century), on the top of the hill having the same name, the Greek-Orthodox church of St.Nicolò with precious goldsmiths’ icons, the Serb-Orthodox church of St.Spiridione, and the Jewish temple, one of the largest synagogues in Europe. Many writers as Italo Svevo, James Joyce and Umberto Saba loved this cosmopolitan town.

Trieste is the city of the historical Cafès: the most famous are Caffè San Marco, frequented by famous writers, and Caffè degli Specchi, on the square Piazza Unità and near the Palace of Common.

The city is also known as the cradle of science: the International Centre of Theoretic Physics, the Scientific Laboratory of Synchrotron and the AREA Scienze Park are some world known institutions of Trieste.

The surroundings of Trieste are full of attractions:

  • The castle of Miramare (see the photo upside), was the residence of Maximilian of Austria, emperor Frank Joseph’s brother, and of his wife Carlotta.
  • The Rilke Path, winding between Duino and Sistiana and dedicated to Rainer Maria Rilke who right here wrote his “Duino Elegies”.
  • The Giant Cave is the largest natural cavity in the world, which is possible to visit. Its stalactites and stalagmites offer spectacular effects.

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