Venice is famous for its ancient palaces and historical buildings, but many of these palaces have in modern times turned into luxury hotels, and this may be the case in the Grete Palace, which was built in 1515 as the residence of the city governor and later became housing for Vatican ambassadors, and is now one of the most luxurious hotels in Venice.
It is visited by members of royal families and Hollywood celebrities. Described by renowned American novelist Arnest Hemingway as the best hotel in the best hotel city, it was maintained in a way that prevents water from entering it in a smart way after water flooded the furniture of its luxurious ground floor.
The palaces of Venetian rulers date back to the 9th century AD and continued to flourish until the collapse of the Republic of Venice in 1797. But the city has been so famous throughout the ages for hotels and palaces that it has sometimes become difficult to determine whether the word palace means a hotel or a real palace.
Life through bridges
Venice has more than 400 bridges between public and private bridges, linking 118 islands on which the city is built through 176 water channels, most of which are built of stones and other materials such as wood and iron. The longest of these bridges is the Freedom Bridge which crosses the lake and connects the city to the land area and thus allows vehicle traffic.
The project of this bridge was started in 1931 by the engineer Ognio Miotsi while it was opened in 1933 as the Luttorio Bridge. The main canal that cuts through the city is the Great Canal through four bridges:
Rialto Bridge (approximately in the 16th century), the Academy Bridge, the Scalci Bridge and these latter bridges were under the control of the Hasenburgs and were constructed in the 20th century and finally the Coasticion Palace in 2008 by the engineer Santiago Calatravesta. Another symbol of the city is the Rialto Bridge built by Antonio da Ponte in 1591. The only way to cross the Great Canal was on foot.
The bridge of sighs
Venice’s most famous bridge is the Ponte dei Sospiri (Italian) is one of the city’s most famous bridges within walking distance of Piazza San Marco and connecting the Venetian Palace and a former Inquisition Prison, crossing the Rio de Palazzo River.
The Bridge of Sighs was designed by Italian architect Antonio Contino. Its construction was completed around 1600 AD. Lord Perón referred to the bridge in a poem titled Shield Harolds, and dubbed it the Bridge of Sighs because prisoners should have crossed it. When they leave prison to palace for trial, as they pass over the bridge, and if the prisoners are guilty they are sent to execute through another corridor of the bridge.
The city of arts
Venice is a destination for telling people’s lives between past and present such as Giuliano Bruno’s 1973 film Giuliano Montaldo, Lassa Hallistrom’s Casanova and starring Heath Ledger in 2005.
It was also a venue for Shakespeare’s works such as Orson Wells’ 1952 play Othello and the Venice merchant by Michelle Radford and actor Al Pacino in 2004. Also Thomas Mann’s novel “Death in Venice” directed by Licino Veskinto and starring Stephen Noringlon in 2003.
Hollywood has chosen the city as the scene for a series of films, ranging from Jock Basson’s 1990’s Nikita, through Gary Gray’s 2003 Italian Job and Florian Henique von’s 2010 film Tourist Starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, Steven Spielberg’s Last Crusade 1989 with many scenes filmed in the city, and James Bond, which appeared in a series of films such as Agent 007, most notably from Russia with Love in 1963.
A large number of these stars stayed at the Grete Palace Hotel and the visitor can see their pictures hanging on the corridors of the hotel along with the stars of senior writers who visited the hotel such as Somerset Mom Ernest Hemingway and other celebrities.
Venice in the 18th century was one of the most important cultural and artistic centers in the world. She knew one of the most famous violinists Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741).
He is the founder of music along with Tommaso Tartini (1671-1751) and Giuseppe Marchello (1686-1739). The city hosts a plethora of world-class events and celebrations. The most important event in the field of culture is the Venice Biennale, which was founded in 1895, the International Gallery of Architecture and the Venice Film Festival, which is held annually between the end of August and the beginning of September.
Venice (Italian Venezia, or Venetian language (Venezia), German Venedig) is a city in northern Italy and is the capital of the territory of Veneto and the capital of the province of Venice. The city originated in 800 BC in an environment (a river dotted with swamps) and is the largest city in the region in terms of area and population, consisting of two separate parts, the center (which contains a lake of the same name), Mestri and the land area.
For more than a thousand years, the city has been the capital (Republic of Venice) and was known as the Queen of the Adriatic Sea due to its cultural and artistic heritage and lake area. The city is one of the most beautiful cities in the world sponsored by UNESCO, which made it the second Italian city after Rome in terms of high tourist flow from different parts of abroad.
Venice festival. And celebrate masks
Venice celebrates a festival called (Venice Festival) and this carnival started 58 full days before Easter, meaning it lasted 58 days before it.
The Venetian Carnival originated as a commemoration and celebration of Venice’s victory in its war against Aquilia in 1162, and in honor of this victory people begin to go out to dance and gather in St. Mark’s Square. The festival stopped for a long time during the Renaissance but returned after a long absence in 1979 when the Italian government decided to restore it to preserve the history and culture of Venice and to exploit it as tourism, and nearly 30,000 visitors visit the city to celebrate the festival daily.
Masks are the main paragraph of the Venice festival, made of leather or stained glass, and the designs are often simple but expressive and beautiful. The idea of wearing masks at the festival has ancient roots. The first organizers of the festival wanted to eliminate the class appearance of the Venetian society during the festival days, as all the people of the city deliberately hide their real identities by wearing masks so that everyone behaves very freely and go without regard to the differences and restrictions, so that nobles can roam the public without anyone recognizing any of them. The public can also mingle with the children of the high classes without feeling any difference or limits in dealing with them, which made this annual event exciting for all participants.
Venetian masks were once simple in the way they were made and not over-adorned, and the shape of the mask was often designed to express a specific symbol or meaning, but today the masks are carefully made of leather or plaster and are colored and decorated manually, and some over-adornish them and may even be studded with gems and gemstones