Welcome to our category „Venice from A to Z“. While waiting for the Architecture Biennale in Venice to start – and to inform you about many peculiarities of the lagoon city before you visit our Meeting Point – we would like to present to you our Venice ABC in the following weeks and months.
Known as the vaporetto, Venice’s water bus system is the city’s major form of public transportation. These buses (called vaporetti in the plural) take visitors along the main canals, to the islands and around the lagoon. Although often crowded, they are by far the least expensive way to get around (other than walking). If you’re visiting Venice, sooner or later you’ll find yourself on a vaporetto. Venice’s Grand Canal is its main thoroughfare. The No. 1 vaporetto route runs up and down the Grand Canal, stopping in each of the six sestiere, or neighborhoods. Since it also stops in the Lido, it’s a good way to see Venice. Although it’s pretty crowded during the day, an evening on the No. 1 vaporetto can be scenic and romantic.
All music lovers always connect the city of Venice with the famous composer Antonio Vivaldi. The great composer of Baroque music was indeed born in Venice in 1678 and lived and worked here most of his life. His father, Giovanni Battista Vivaldi, was a professional violinist who taught his young son to play as well. At the age of 15, he began studying to become a priest. At the age of 25, Antonio Vivaldi was named master of violin at the Ospedale della Pietà (Devout Hospital of Mercy) in Venice. The Ospedale was an institution where orphans received instruction – the boys in trades and the girls in music. Eclipsed by younger composers and more modern styles, Vivaldi left Venice for Vienna and died there in poverty on July 28, 1741. Vivaldi’s crop of curly red hair, inherited from his father, prompted friends to nickname the composer ‚il Prete Rosso‘ – the red priest. Don’t be fooled by the white hair in the picture – the composer was wearing a wig!
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