Artisanal Venice

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Discovering the Tradition of
Artisanal Venetian Creations

Sunday, May 23, 2021

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time
Presented in English

A visit to the splendid Fondaco dei Tedeschi (German warehouse), a historic building from the year 1300, where merchants from the north traded their wares with the Venetians. It was completely refurbished in 2016, after years of service as the city’s main post office. Now it’s a very refined commercial center — and the panoramic view from the terrace is breathtaking!

We’ll also visit a wonderful atelier that makes carnival masks and costumes. The fascination for Venetian masks and period costumes remains unchanged over time. Every year the pleasure and play of masking attracts uncountable numbers of people. To conceal yourself behind a mask is an irresistible attraction. Inside the atelier, we’ll find a rich and always new collection of costumes and masks made with the characteristics of every period. These are unique pieces, created with respect for the work of tailoring and artisanship. A creative new touch completes every piece designed and made entirely in Venice.

Finally, we’ll visit a studio that executes handmade decorations on paper using the technique of marbling. This art form allows one to design and create decorations directly on the surface of the water. The forms produced recall the veining in marble or the patterns one finds in stone.

Flash news!! Another “stop” has been added to this tour, MURANO! Murano is the largest and most famous of the three islands, it’s here that still survives the ancient tradition of glass blowing known throughout the world. On this virtual visit, you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the island, admire one of the active glass furnaces and enjoy the creation of an elegant and unique piece of glass.

Discover Venice through the eyes of a real Venetian!

My name is Alvise. It’s a very common name here in Venice, used by the Doges during the period of the Most Serene Republic of Venice. In English, it could be creatively translated as Elvis! I was born and raised in Venice and after I completed my studies in Art History and the Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the University of Venice, I decided to start on the path of becoming a professional tour guide.

I’ve had several work experiences abroad, both in Great Britain and the United States, over a period of two years. I’ve also worked as an actor in small roles in various films here in Venice. I’ve worked at events, art exhibitions and I also played for a semi-professional soccer team.

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