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Venice’s Giudecca island, called Gnecca by the locals, is the small island opposite St Mark’s Square, a fascinating district, where you can experience everyday Venetian life, and a sort of Venice’s SoHo, home to ateliers, galleries and exhibition spaces. It’s just a short vaporetto ride from Riva degli Schiavoni or Fondamenta delle Zattere.
As you walk along the main fondamenta (canal walkway) facing the Giudecca Canal, you come across some of the most beautiful churches on the island. With its imposing white façade, the Redentore (Church of the Most Holy Redeemer), Palladio’s most famous church, dominates the waterfront. Built after the plague of 1575-1577, it’s a votive church, at the very heart of the Festa del Redentore (the Holiday of the Redeemer), one of Venice’s most important traditional events, celebrated on the third Sunday in July each year.
One of the Giudecca’s most visible landmarks is the Casa dei Tre Oci (House of the Three Eyes), an impressive-looking building with its three large windows based on the same design as those in the Doge’s Palace. Today it’s a public exhibition space dedicated to the art of photography.
Since its origins, Giudecca was home to boatyards and artisans’ workshops, such as the rope making: an example is the long Corte dei Cordami, where the sailors used to weave ropes outside their homes. There are two working squéri, Venice’s traditional gondola shipyards: the Squero Crea, whose owner is Gianfranco Vianello, called Crea; and Roberto Dei Rossi’s squero, open since 1983.
On the island there is also the factory founded almost a century ago by Mariano Fortuny, known for his exquisitely patterned fabrics. Although the factory itself allows no visitors in order to maintain Mariano Fortuny’s trade secrets, the showroom is open to the public on weekdays, and the adjacent gardens can be visited by appointment.
[fonte: La newsletter di Venezia, N° 14/2021 del 12.07.2021]
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