If someone was thinking that the Doge’s Palace of Venice with its lavishing gilt ceilings, its great masterpieces by Veronese and Tiepolo and hundreds of years of history visible on its many paintings was not attractive enough, now there is a new reason to visit it.
People often think that Venice is a city where history has stopped with the fall of the Republic; a city that has not been touched by modernity .
On the contrary throughout the 19th and 20th century there have been intensive discussions on new urban plans that would help to develop the economy; thousands of buildings were pulled down and reconstructed in new forms.
You are visiting the most famous cities in Italy: Rome, Florence, Venice. You don’t want to waste time to see another Madonna, another Crucifixion or another gilded table. All what you have always known about Italy is that there is good food, a trendy life-style and old traditions and this is what is worth to see. Right?
Yes and no.
Sure we have good food, fashion, design, cafès and lots of interesting traditions but we are all well aware that what we have in the present developed from the past. When Italians go and visit other Italian cities they are very curious about the history and the art of the place, and they do go in museums in order to know more about it.
Made by blown glass or through lamp-work, of different shapes and colors, enriched by microscopic glass threads, the Venetian glass beads are still today a must-have for every woman living in the city.
In Venice there are still some glass beads shops, different for style and design, where you can find unique pieces.
In the district of Santa Croce, a small shop reveals an incredible variety of beads. The owner of this little and hidden shrine, Cristina Bedin, is a passionate jewel designer who travels throughout Europe, the Mediterranean world and also to the States, to search ancient or vintage beads.
She designs and makes personally the necklaces that you can see in her shop, but she can make up one for you with the beads that you can choose yourself from her amazing collection.
Cristina is also a fabulous narrator and while you are there you can listen to the many stories she knows about this beloved jewel, as for example that in the 17th and 18th century they were used as currency in Africa and in America to trade with the Natives.
The creativity of Cristina Bedin is constantly inspired by the long tradition, the today fashion and by that sense for glamour that has always accompanied Venetian women throughout the long history of the city.
If in Venice, don’t miss her!
L’Opera al Bianco – Santa Croce 1239/a – Venice
The covered bridge that lead form the Doge’s Palace to the Prisons has a somber fame. Some people think (and unfortunately write in several books on Venice) that it was named after the laments of those who were going to be executed. This can’t be true, since there are no records about it.
Some others think that the name was given by the english poet Lord Byron in the 19th century, when he visited Venice. This is also inexact.
It is true that Lord Byron quoted the famous Bridge in his poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812-18) but the name existed before. Giacomo Casanova in his memories mentions the bridge twice; the second time he says that he passed ‘the bridge called of the sighs’ (in the original french version: le pont qu’on nomme des soupirs) without adding any other information about it.
We might enjoy to invent new stories, but facts are something else.