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In our News & Things to do section you will find updates and information on specialty tours, exhibitions or interesting things to do for when you travel to Italy!

400 years Shakespeare in Veneto

Shakespeare in VenetoIt was April 23rd 1616, this year 400 years ago, when William Shakespeare took his last breath in Stratford-upon-Avon, at the age of 52 and after a great career as poet, playwright and actor.

Quite a few of his world famous theatrical works of art are set in the Veneto Region; Romeo & Juliette, Othello, The Merchant of Venice but also The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew.

With the project 400 years Shakespeare in Veneto, initiative of Ornella Naccari, PR Marketing – Communication and Cultural Association Casa Shakespeare Verona, a unique series of theatrical performances will take place between March and December 2016 at truly spectacular sites: From a castle on the banks of Lake Garda, to mystic courtyards in Verona and Venice, historical villas in the Veneto countryside and illustrious noble palaces in Venice.

A limited number of spectators (30/50 persons per event) is offered the unique possibility to live and almost be part of the performance as the public moves from one room to the next to view the various scenes in different settings of the historical locations.

The performances, all in English, will take place on set dates from 8.30 till 10 pm and the public is offered a Venetian food & wine tasting and a toast with the actors. Only exception is Othello at Cà Sagredo in Venice where guests are greeted with a welcome cocktail at the start of the performance at 6.30 pm.

As a special occasion and in connection with the 500 years anniversary of the Venice Ghetto, thanks to the 500 years Venice Ghetto Committee, from July 26th till 31st 2016 the New York City based performing arts company The Compagnia de’ Colombari will perform The Merchant of Venice in its original setting; The Venice Ghetto.

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The exhibition “Venice, the Jews and Europe. 1516–2016”

From June 19th to November 13th, 2016, the exhibition “Venice, the Jews and Europe. 1516–2016” at the Doge’s Palace will be the highlight of the 500 years of the Jewish Ghetto, a visible and symbolic event to mark this historic anniversary

Organized in collaboration with MUVE foundation of Venice, the exhibition is curated by Donatella Calabi, leading expert on the history of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice. You will discover the story of the Ghetto’s settlement, its growth, its architecture, its society, its trades, its daily life. And besides that; the relationships between the Jewish minority and the rest of the city, within the context of its relationships with other Jewish settlements in Europe and the Mediterranean basin.

The virtual reconstruction of the Ghetto in its various historical phases has made it possible to trace the neighborhood’s development. Important, recently restored, ceremonial objects will help explain Jewish religious customs and traditions, fusing art and craftsmanship with culture. Books will bear witness to the extraordinary importance of Venetian Jewish printing, which was 
the first in Europe, through the example of the Talmud printed in Venice first and still in use today throughout
 the world.

Related posts: 500 years of the Venice Ghetto

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Villa Sabrina Relais – a hidden treasure on the Amalfi coast

Villa SabrinaSurrounded by a beautiful park and garden with breathtaking views over the Gulf of Naples, Villa Sabrina Relais, located in Capo di Sorrento, offers you the perfect place for a holiday in complete serenity.

The enchanting villa dates back to 1866 and now fully restored, features nine wonderful suites with stunning seaviews. All rooms are spacious and comfortable and are individually decorated in Mediterranean style and colors. In some of the rooms, you  can admire exquisite frescoes on the vaulted ceilings, depicting Ulysses voyage along the Sorrentine Peninsula in Homers Odyssey and other beautiful frescoes can be seen in the common areas of the villa.

The villa is emerged in a 2 acre park with orange and lemon trees that, in spring time, exhale a stirring scent of orange – blossom. The wonderful setting of the terrace and infinity pool will give you the perfect place to relax and dream away enjoying the views of the bay with the Islands of Ischia and Procida on the left and Mount Vesuvius on the right.

The most unique added value of Villa Sabrina is the butler service, a team of professional staff is dedicated to make you feel special and assure that every moment of your stay is unforgettable.

The mild and dry climate for most part of the year makes Sorrento peninsula the ideal destination in every season.

Strategically located, from Villa Sabrina it is easy to organize daytrips to Positano, Amalfi, Capri, Ischia and the excavations of Pompei.

Sorrento is just at short ride from Villa Sabrina and a complimentary shuttle service is provided. Sorrento has a fascinating historical center where you can leisurely stroll the little streets and enjoy a great selection of restaurants. There are lovely shops with the most famous “Made-in-Italy” brands, hand-stitched tablecloths or your own personalized design of colored sandals. Don’t forget to try some of the delicious Limoncello, the renowned lemon liqueur, made here!


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500 years of the Venice Ghetto

venice ghettoThe Jewish Ghetto in Venice: on March 29th 1516, the Government of the Serenissima Repubblica issued special laws that declared the Jewish population of Venice had to live in an enclosed area, near San Girolamo where there used to be a foundry (in venetian “ghèto”). And so the first Ghetto of Europe was instituted where Jews from German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Levantine Sephardi origins lived together keeping their own traditions and synagogues. The area was closed by gates at sunset and opened again at dawn and still today the marks of those gates are visible.

Jews at that time were allowed to practice only some professions: they were doctors, because they were the most prepared and able to understand Arab writings, money lenders, because Catholic religion forbade this practice, ragsellers and merchants. And especially the merchants and bankers conveyed an important role to the Jewish community for the economic life in Venice.

The Ghetto of Venice in those days was also of great importance to the cultural life of the Jewish society as Jewish books printed in Venice were distributed to the Jewish communities all over Europe. Eighty years after the creation of the Ghetto, Shakespeare wrote The Merchant of Venice.

The Ghetto existed for more than two and a half centuries, until Napoleon conquered Venice and finally opened and eliminated every gate in 1797.

Today the Ghetto is still the center of Jewish life in the city, with working synagogues but also a kindergarten, a home for elderly, a guest house; The Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni and a bakery. Along with its architectural and artistic monuments, the community also boasts a Museum of Jewish Art, the Renato Maestro Library and Archive and the Info Point of the Jewish community inside the Midrash Leon da Modena.

When in Venice the Ghetto is definitely worth a visit and guided tours are organized on a daily basis.

Stay tuned for special events in occasion of the 500th anniversary!

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Master in Mosaic

particolare1fiori2Hidden in Sestiere of Cannaregio, high walls conceal, as if to protect it, the charm of the 19th century Angelo Orsoni furnace, dedicated to the production of smalti and gold leaf mosaic.

The history of Orsoni is the unique story of an art craft that has handed down mysterious alchemies for four generations and it has revived the old crafts of Byzantine gold leaf mosaic and the pure smalti of Murano’s Renaissance.

It all started when Angelo Orsoni brought his multicolored panel to the Great Exhibition in Paris in 1889. Now the Orsoni name is linked to the realization of important works such as the Trocadéro and the Basilica of the Sacre Cœur in Paris, Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, San Marco in Venice and many other mosaic masterpieces in Arab and Oriental culture.

Since 2004, the old Orsoni furnace has opened its doors to the lovers of this unique art, with the institution of the Master course in Mosaic aiming to hand down and spread the culture and technique of mosaic. The Master in Mosaic course provides an immersion in the ancient craft of mosaics. Drawing from the precious legacy of the renown mosaic instructors, you will discover the secrets of mosaic, its history and its innumerable possibilities of expression.

The Master is offered in a 3-day or 5-day workshop with a set schedule but can also be reserved on a private basis for a 1 day course and tour of the furnace.  The courses are dedicated to artists, designers, architects and creative individuals interested in acquiring all the theoretical and practical foundations of the ancient art of mosaic.

Elegantly restructured, the private wing of the Orsoni villa in Cannaregio houses Domus Orsoni, a 5 room Bed & Breakfast, enhanced with mosaic works by various Italian artists and the perfect place to stay in Venice if you are looking for a really special accommodation off the beaten track.

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