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Venice, a city of undisputed charm that seems to perch on the lagoon, hides numerous mysteries. Everyone has their own version of the story, but many believe that it is inhabited by magical stories making the city ever more enchanting.  Who has crossed the Grand Canal on foot using the Rialto bridge? Legend has it that, during its reconstruction (1588 – 1591), Antonio da Ponte, sculptor, and carpenter, encountered many difficulties during the building works, as the bridge was built in a single span that seemed very difficult to support. Small collapses prevented the regular development of the works and Antonio da Ponte thought that a spell was stopping its completion. He hid nearby, hoping to discover the cause and, after the umpteenth failure, he heard a chilling laugh behind him. He turned and saw a tall man covered in a black cloak, who claimed that no human being would be able to build the bridge without paying a very high price, i.e., the soul of the first person who would cross it first. Antonio accepted without thinking, so much so was the desire to get the job done. The Devil kept his promise, he stopped trying to influence the works to build the bridge, but the carpenter did not keep his side of the deal and, believing he could cheat the Devil, made a rooster cross the arched steps instead of crossing them himself. The devil thus thought of taking revenge and, with a plan, made Antonio’s wife die, she fell to the ground lifeless. The woman, however, was pregnant and it is said that from that day on those who pass over or under the bridge can hear crying and sneezing. See if you can hear, perhaps on an evening illuminated by the full moon, the sobbing and sneezing too.

Travel Journal

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CA’ REZZONICO The eighteenth-century Venetian museum is housed in the monumental Baroque-style Palazzo Rezzonico, situated in the Dorsoduro district and overlooking the Grand Canal. This rich palace boasts precious pieces of furniture of the time, as well as frescoes and prestigious paintings, ranging from the fifteenth to the early twentieth century, all belonging to the Venetian school, including works by Tintoretto, Canaletto and Giambattista Tiepolo.
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MUSEO DI LEONARDO DA VINCI Interactive, educational and multimedia museum dedicated to the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci. Here it is possible to test the machines designed by Leonardo himself and discover a lot of his original drawings published by the Reale Commissione Vinciana. The exhibition is completed by an art gallery with the reproduction, in very high resolution, of all the main paintings by Leonardo da Vinci.
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LA SVEGLIA DELLA STREGA Walking in the Dorsoduro district, near the Accademia museum, in Calle della Toletta there is a yellow house, where, near the roof, an old alarm clock hangs inside a glass case. It always tells the same time, that is, the one when the witch who lived in that house, cast spells and curses.
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PONTE DEI PUGNI It is located in the Dorsoduro district, near Campo San Barnaba. The origin of this epithet derives from an ancient tradition of Venice, which was given up over the centuries: the War of fists. The people of two opposing factions, Castellani and Nicolotti, used to fist-fight on the upper part of the bridge from September until Christmas. The aim was to throw as many opponents as possible into the river below.
Did you know That… A scene from “The Tourist”, a movie featuring Jonny Depp and Angelina Jolie released in 2010 and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, was shot at the Rialto fish market.
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Jesolo journal Aprile 2022

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