The Lumière brothers in Venice

  It was July 9, 1896 when the French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière projected their works in Venice, at the San Moisé theater (later demolished). The first film screening, strictly by invitation, was received with great enthusiasm that the screenings followed one another for about two months. In 2016, at the 73rd Venice Film


  Did you know that the world ciao (hello)- known all over the world – was born in Venice? Don’t you believe it? Here’s  the story… In past centuries, when people met in the calli (the Venetian word for “street”), it was typical to greet each other with the word s’ciavo vostro (literally “your slave”

Lion’s mouth

    Visiting the Doge’s Palace you come across a particular bas-relief which portrays a sort of threatening-looking mask with a crack in place of the mouth. Still walking through the Palazzo, if you look carefully, you can see other simple cracks on the walls. These are the famous Bocche di Leone (Lion’s Mouth). We

Venice, action! Part 2

  Here we are again talking about cinema in Venice. As it has been said over and over again Venice is the perfect set for films; the list is very long and interesting but today we reserve this post for Shakespeare’ drama Othello, directed in its film version by Orson Welles in 1952. The film follows