Lido’s Architectural Heritage… by bike!

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by intern No Comments

Wednesday, December 14 – from 09.30 am to 12.30 pm

Lido anni 20   Villa Romanelli Lido

Meeting point: 09.20 am at Lido di Venezia, in front of Santa Maria Elisabetta waterbus stop

This activity is compulsory for students attending the course F1604 The Architectural and Urban Heritage of Venice in Modern and Contemporary Times and it is open to a limited number of other interested students and faculty.
To participate, please sign the list posted in the classrooms corridor by Tuesday, December 13 at midday.

The trip will consist in a bike ride guided by Professor Guido Zucconi, aimed at discovering the stunning historical and artistic heritages of Lido di Venezia. You will find your bikes ready to be rented at Gardin – Bikes Rental Service

Students attending the course F1604 The Architectural and Urban Heritage of Venice in Modern and Contemporary Times will have their visit sponsored by VIU.
All other students will have to cover their own bike rental fee: 7€ per person.

Lido of Venice is a very special island. Here life is modern and dynamic, not only due to the presence of cars, motorbikes and bycicles, but also thanks to its lively seaside atmosphere, which will welcome as soon as you arrive.
Joining the VIU bike tour, you will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful historical and artistic heritage of Lido, namely the villas, hotels and boulevards which witness Lido’s greatest urban and architectural development, representing true Art Nouveau masterpieces.

Bicycle rental service in Lido: how to get there

Visit to LE STANZE DEL VETRO and exhibit Paolo Venini and his Furnace

Posted on: December 2nd, 2016 by intern No Comments

Monday, December 12, 2016 – 5.00pm

Meeting point: 5.00pm at S.Zaccaria n.20 boat stop.

PARTICIPATION: open to all VIU students and faculty
COSTS: Free entrance and guided visit

stanze el vetro

LE STANZE DEL VETRO is a long-term joint initiative between Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung devoted to studying the art of glassmaking in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The project marks the opening of a new permanent exhibition space designed to host a series of solo and group shows featuring international artists, both contemporary and historical, who have used glass during their careers as an original means of expression and a medium for researching their own personal aesthetics. The aim is to illustrate the numerous potential uses of the medium and bring glass back to be in the centre of attention and discussion on the international art scene. More info

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The autumn exhibition will be dedicated to Paolo Venini, an enlightened and creative entrepreneur. Exhibiting 300 works that recount his creative vision as well as of those artists who collaborated with him over the years such as Gio Ponti, Riccardo Licata, Ken Scott, Massimo Vignelli and Tobia Scarpa. More info at


VIU Movie Series: Il Caimano

Posted on: November 29th, 2016 by intern No Comments

Monday, December 5 – 5.00 pm, room 9A

Il Caimano 

Directed by Nanni Moretti                      Starring Silvio Orlando, Margherita Buy, Jasmine Trinca
Genres comedy | drama | romance              Release Date 24 March 2006 (Italy)
Running time  1h 52 mins                             Language   Italian

Nanni Moretti’s The Caiman (Il Caimano) is an eclectic and at times frustrating movie which satirises former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, makes some limited observations about the Italian film and television industry, and explores the personal and professional crisis of a C-grade filmmaker.
Called into action at the last, Moretti presents an immediate and particularly incisive film that allows Italy (and its cinema) to look forward to a more politically engaged and courageous future. 


Lecture-Concert with Gerardo Balestrieri

Posted on: November 28th, 2016 by intern No Comments

Monday, December 5 – from 12.30 to 1.30 pm, room 1G

Undici traslochi, dodici camere (Eleven relocations, twelve rooms)

Photo: Raffaella Cavalieri

Gerardo Balestrieri is a singer-songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist.
He graduated at L’Orientale University of Naples disserting a thesis about syncretism and spirituality in Brasilian music. Artist tout court, he published five albums. The most recent one is Canzoni Nascoste, hidden songs.
He was invited to many editions of the Italian songwriting contest Premio Tenco, where he reached the finals several times and was awarded with the prize Second Album of the Year in 2007, 2009 and 2013.
He held concerts all over Europe and did a long live tour in California along with the Fishtank Ensemble, with whom he recorded an album in Los Angeles. His artistic cooperations include great names, such as the Iranian songwriter Mosheen Namjoo, the famous Italian quick-change artist Arturo Brachetti and the French group Les Madeleines.
With his veiled and mature lyrics and his deep voice, Gerardo Balestrieri is a complete songwriter. His style is a stunning mix of jazz, swing, contagious rythms, gypsy echoes, Greek style, French atmosphere, twitst and South America.

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Exploring Palladio’s Masterpieces

Posted on: November 24th, 2016 by intern No Comments

Friday, December 2, 2016

Villa Barbaro and Villa Emo

Villa Maser

Meeting point: 8.30 am, Venezia Tronchetto (in front of ACTV main office)

This visit is compulsory for students attending the course F1603 Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice, it is highly suggested for students fom F1625Training in UNESCO World Heritage Studies and it is open to all interested students and faculty. To participate, please sign the list posted in the classroom corridor by Wednesday, November 29.

We will visit Villa Emo and Villa di Maser, located in the countryside of Treviso province. They are two among the greatest masterpieces of  the architect Andrea Palladio.
Transportation will be by private bus arranged by VIU.

Students attending the courses 
Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice and Training in UNESCO World Heritage Studies will have their visit sponsored by VIU.
For all other students and faculty, the total participation fee is 12 €, due at the Front Office by Thursday, December 1.  

Villa Emo: this villa witnesses the strong bond existing between the Venetian nobleman Leonardo Emo and the Fanzolo lands, which he wished to improve in order to foster crop production and livestock breeding. He commissioned there to Andrea Palladio the design of his mansion. Since 1996, Villa Emo has been conserved as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of  the Veneto.

Villa Barbaro is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. With its six rooms frescoed by Paolo Veronese, it hosts one of the most important works of art of the Venetian Renaissance. Not only does it represent a fascinating artistic and historical heritage, but it is also a working house, whose wines are exported all over the world.



Night visit to St. Mark’s Basilica

Posted on: November 23rd, 2016 by intern No Comments

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Meeting point: 7.15 pm – piazzetta dei Leoncini 

The visit is offered by VIU and open to all interested students and faculty.
Due to the limited seats availability, please remember to sign up to reserve your entrance pass.

Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis.




Saint Mark’s Basilica is one of the most famous Italian cathedrals and enshrines an extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage.

The night visit to Saint Mark’s basilica represents a unique opportunity to admire this magnificent artistic and architectural masterpiece, surrounded by the very evocative and enchanting night atmosphere.

VIU Movie Series – Italian students proposals

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016 by intern No Comments

Monday, November 28 – 5 pm – room 9A


Directed by Gianfranco Rosi                Starring Maria Costa, Samuele Pucillo, Pietro Bartolo
Genres  Documentary                               Release Date 18 February 2016 (Italy)
Running time 1h 54 mins                      Language  Italian

“Gianfranco Rosi’s beautiful, mysterious and moving film is a documentary that looks like a neorealist classic. It is a portrait of Lampedusa, the Sicilian island where desperate migrants from Africa and the Middle East arrive each year hoping for a new life in Europe: 400,000 in the last 20 years.
The film does not take a view; it does not demand action. It simply shows us the details, and I felt I learned more from this film than from the nightly TV news. Fire at Sea is masterly film-making”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Japanese students movie proposal: Porco Rosso

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 by intern No Comments

Friday, November 25 2016 – 5 pm – room 9A

Porco Rosso

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki   Starring Shûichirô Moriyama, Tokiko Katô, Bunshi Katsura Vi                                 Genres animation | adventure | comedy    Release Date 18 July 1992         Running time  134 minutes        Language   Japanese

A celebration of his own fascination with aviation, director Hayao Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso stands out among the Japanese animator’s films. This motion picture is set over the Mediterranean in an age when seaplanes ruled the waves. It tells the story of a valiant pig, who fought against flying pirates, for his pride, for his lover, and for his fortune.
The name of the hero of our story is Crimson Pig.

“But the plot is hardly the point here – the animation is delightful, colourful and detailed and the flying sequences in seaplanes as old-fashioned as this style of animation are exhilarating”.
Rob Mackie, The Guardian

VIU Movie Series – Mimì Metallurgico ferito nell’onore

Posted on: November 17th, 2016 by intern No Comments

Wednesday, November 23 – 5 pm – room 9D



Mimì is a Sicilian laborer whose refusal to vote for the Mafia’s candidate leads him to lose his job, his home and his wife. He then starts a new life in Turin, where he falls in love with the beautiful, radical Fiorella. But the past comes back to haunt him, bringing him back to his biggest obsession: defending his honor, causing horrendous but hilarious consequences.

A fervent satire of Italy in the 1970s, The Seduction of Mimì takes aim at a corrupt government, compromised labor leaders and the sexist politics of men in power, with very entertaining results.


Directed by Lina Wertmüller
Starring Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Agostina Belli, Elena Fiore   Genres  comedy | drama     
Release Date  19 February 1972     Running time  148 minutes      Language  Italian


A Venetian tradition: Festa della Salute

Posted on: November 11th, 2016 by intern No Comments

Monday, November 21, 2016

Festa della Salute   Festa della Salute 2

The Feast of Our Lady of Good Health is a religious festival held in Venice every year on November 21.

This celebration is particularly felt by the Venetian people: it commemorates the miraculous ending of a virulent plague epidemics occurred in 1630, event which led the Doge to thank the Virgin Mary by ordering the construction of a magnificent votive temple.
The Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute was hence built and every year since then the Venetian people gather to pray for receiving good health all throughout the upcoming year.

On this special occasion you will be able to cross a temporary votive bridge connecting S.M. della Salute to S.M. del Giglio.
It will be accessible from Saturday, November 19 at 12.00 pm to Monday, November 21 until the end of celebrations.
A hallmark of this festival is the presence of many colourful and sugar scented stalls located in the proximity of the cathedral selling balloons for children and cotton candy, toffee apples, chocolate coated strawberries and many more delicacies for all those wishing to feel like a child again.

Students attending History of Venice will enjoy Festa della Salute accompanied by Professor Pes, soon after having visited the Jewish Museum.