Memory walk (Percorso della Memoria), visit to the Ghetto and the Jewish Museum

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Meeting point: 10.15 am Campo San Canciano, Cannaregio (see map)

The visit is part of the course for the students of:
S1801 History of Venice (Prof. Pes)  
Globalization, Ethics Welfare and Human Rights (Prof.Romania)
The costs are sponsored by VIU for students of these two courses.

- 10.15 am: A walk through Italian history of resistance in Venice: Campo San Canciano – Bruno Crovato; Ponte dei Sartori-  Luigi Borgato; Calle Priuli – Giuseppe Tramontin; Fondamenta San Felice – Ubaldo Belli; Calle Colombina – Piero Favretti; Campiello del Magazin – Augusto Picutti; Corte Correra – Manfredi Azzarita.

- 11.30 am: The cortege arrives to Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, where the Jewish Museum of Venice is situatedCommemoration at the monument in memory of the Shoah.
- 12 pm: Visit to the Synagogues and Jewish Museum of Venice (meeting at 11.45 am in front of the Museum)

Extra participants (subject to availability): the walk is free, while the cost of the visit to the Jewish Museum is 10 € for under 26 y.o. (12 € over 26 y.o.).
To confirm your participation, please sign the roster and bring the fee at the Front Office before Tuesday 24 at 3 pm.

VIU Movie Series – Don Camillo

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Monday, March 26, Room 9A, 5pm

Don Camillo

Directed by Julien Duvivier            Starring Fernandel and Gino Cervi
Genres comedy                            Release date 1952 (Italy)
Running time 109 minutes             Languages Italian

In a village of the Po valley where the earth is hard and life miserly, the priest and the communist mayor are always fighting to be the head of the community. If in secret they admired and liked each other, politics still divided them as it is dividing the country. And when the mayor wants his “People’s House”; the priest wants his “Garden City” for the poor. Division exist between the richest and the poorest, the pious and the atheists and even between lovers. But if the people are as hard as the country, they are good in the bottom of their heart.
Its success led to producing sequels, creating a saga for Don Camillo’s character.

VIU Movie Series – La Notte di San Lorenzo

Posted on: March 22nd, 2018 by intern No Comments

Monday, March 26, Room 9A, 5pm



Directed by: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani                    Starring:Margarita Lozano and Omero Antonutti
Release date 1983                                                          Genre: Fantasy war drama
Running time: 105 minutes                                           Language: Italian with English subtitles

“A distinctive and restless force in European cinema for more than 35 years, the Taviani brothers mastered an eloquent stylistic bridge between Rossellini’s stringency and Fellini’s braggadocio.

1982′s The Night of the Shooting Stars remains their premier achievement and arguably the best Italian film of the ’80s. Fantastic and episodic, this saga of Italian villagers roaming the Nazi-upended countryside searching for the liberating armies combines doom, magic and absurdism with spectacular confidence. This mid-career masterpiece (told as mythopoetic flashback by its six-year-old protagonist, now grown into parenthood) is a traumatic oral history seen from the inside out”.

Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice



Introductory Lecture to Venice Lagoon Trip, March 30

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Wednesday, March 28, Classroom 9A, 5pm


The lecture will be delivered by Prof. RITA VIANELLO, Ca’ Foscari University, Anthropologist of the Sea, author of books about Pellestrina’s fisherman and on the Gondoliers

Professor Vianello, who did extensive field work in Pellestrina, will introduce to us the Culture of the Fishermen of the Lagoon and to their perception and reaction towards the massive environmental transformation induced by the building of the Mobile Dams (MoSE).

N.B. The lecture is compulsory for students enrolled in:

S1801 History of Venice
S1810 Port Cities in the Age of Empire

Lecture open to the public: all students and faculty are invited to participate.

Boat trip to Venice Lagoon, March 30

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Murazzi, Pellestrina and Ca’ Roman

Friday, March 30, 2018

Meeting Point: at Zattere/Gesuati at 9.15 am


During the trip we will visit:

– The Industrial Port of Venice;
– Pellestrina island and the Museum of the Lagoon;
– Murazzi;
– Ca’ Roman Natural reserve.

Bring your own packed lunch since the lunch break will be at the natural reserve Ca’ Roman by the beach.

Return expected at about 5 pm in San Servolo/San Zaccaria.

N.B. The visit is compulsory for students enrolled in:

S1801 History of Venice
S1810 Port Cities in the Age of Empire

Visit cost covered for students enrolled in S1801 and S1810 course

Extra places are available for any other student and professor interested!

Extra participants: 10 euro/person including transportation & entrance tickets.
To confirm your participation, please sign the roster and pay the fee at the Front Office before Tuesday 27 at 3 pm. First come, first served basis.

The trip will start with a visit to the Industrial Port of Venice, so as to understand how this essential part of the city developed, and where we might briefly see the MOSE. We will then turn towards Pellestrina, a small island long 13 kilometers and wide 240 meters, often referred as a miniature of Venice. Here we will visit the small Museum of the Lagoon, where we will learn about the flood of 1966 and the role of fishermen in the history (and future) of this city. After learning about the sea wall (murazzi) we will go to Ca’ Roman, where we will have lunch and see the natural reserve, a unique combination of different habitats.


VIU Movie series – “Il Caimano”

Posted on: December 1st, 2017 by intern No Comments

Monday, December 4 – 5 pm – room 9A

il caimano


Bruno Bonomo is a film producer who hasn’t made a film for years. He’s separating from his wife and his studio. At a retrospective showing of one of his B-movies, young filmmaker Teresa presses a copy of her new script into his hand. Bonomo reads the script distractedly and agrees to produce the film. He doesn’t understand that it’s a serious political piece about the rise of Berlusconi.

Directed by: Nanni Moretti                            Starring: Silvio Orlando, Margherita Buy and Jasmine Trinca
Release date 2006                                          Genre: Comedy-drama
Running time: 112 minutes                            Language: Italian with English subtitles

Lecture-Concert with Gerardo Balestrieri

Posted on: December 1st, 2017 by intern No Comments

Monday, December 4 – from 12.30 to 1.30 pm, room 1G


Canzoni al crocicchio (Songs at the crossroads)

Gerardo Balestrieri is a singer-songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist.
He graduated at L’Orientale University of Naples discussing a thesis about syncretism and spirituality in Brasilian music. Artist tout court, he published six albums.
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.

The concert has been organized for the students of the Italian for Foreigners courses.

All students and faculty are warmly invited to participate.


Visit Gerardo Balestrieri’s official Facebook page



Viu Movie series – “Pane e Tulipani”

Posted on: November 22nd, 2017 by intern No Comments

Monday, November 27 – 5 pm – room 9A

pane e tulipani

After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice.

Directed by: Silvio Soldini                              Starring: Licia Maglietta and Bruno Ganz
Release date 1999                                           Genre: Comedy
Running time: 114 minutes                            Language: Italian with English subtitles

Festa della Salute

Posted on: November 17th, 2017 by intern No Comments

Tuesday, November 21

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The second most important Venetian celebration (after the Redentore) will take place on next Tuesday, November 21: the Feast of Madonna della Salute (our Lady of Good Health).

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 ex voto is the 1687 baroque church, designed by Baldassarre Longhena,  that we can still see nowadays. A temporary boat bridge is constructed every year to bring the pilgrims to the church,  connecting Santa Maria del Giglio with S.M. della Salute.
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 F1701 History of Venice and 1707 Intercultural Communication, will enjoy Festa della Salute accompanied by Professor Romania, after having visited the Jewish Museum.

However this celebration is open to all the people who want to go, enjoy it!

Visit to Jewish Museum and synagogues

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by intern No Comments

Tuesday, November 21 


The visit is reserved to the students enrolled in:

F1701 History of Venice
F1704 Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice
F1705 The Imaginary City
F1707 Intercultural Communication
F1714 Globalization, Ethics Welfare and Human Rights
F1722 How to Begin Thinking

Due to the high number of participants, they will be divided in three groups as follow:

10 amF1704

11 amF1705 F1722 F1714

12 pmF1707 e F1701

The detailed lists with the names of the students belonging to each slot will be distributed via Moodle.

Meeting point is in front of the museum 10 minutes before the time of entrance.

The visit consists on a guided tour to 3 synagogues and the entrance to the Jewish Museum.

Some information about the museum:

The Jewish Museum of Venice is situated in the  Campo of the Ghetto Novo, between the two most ancient Venetian synagogues. It is a little but very rich museum founded in 1953 by the Jewish Community of Venice.

The precious objects shown to public, are important examples of goldsmith and textile manufacture made between the 16th and the 19th centuries.

The museum is built in two areas, the first one devoted to the cycle of Jewish festivities and to objects used for liturgy, the latter- planned with a greater educational approach- deals with the history of Venetian Jews through images and objects.