After a quick breakfast, we were out the door, to explore more of the wonderful city of Venice. A plaque on the facade of a building reminds those passing by that Aldo Pio Manuzio, the Italian humanist, scholar, and educator, stayed there while he was living in the city. It was in this city that he founded the Aldine Press, and from that moment on, he devoted a large portion of his life to the preservation of ancient Greek manuscripts. He believed that ancient works were best understood and appreciated, when they were read in their original languages, and so, his publishing house published works in their original Greek and Latin forms.
We walked by a building with the name “Francesco Andolfato” engraved on the sign in front of it. From the outside, it did not look like there was a shop behind the doors, but one never really knows. It could have been the house where Francesco Andolfato lived. Andolfato was a glass worker, who produced high-quality Murano pieces in the 1960s. His work was featured in the Venice Biennale, and is also exhibited in museums around the world.
There is no shortage of hidden corners to discover in the city of Venice. A calle, or a narrow street, may lead you to an isolated square, like the one pictured below, or the road you are walking along may end up at a canal, leaving you no option but to turn around, and head in another direction. That is part of the city’s charm, and what helps make it the magical place it is.
Next up: We continue to discover more of the beauty and mystery of Venice!
Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations that may appear. If you have enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from Venice, as well as other Italian destinations. Grazie!