Archive for March, 2014

Night Visit to the Basilica of S.Marco

Posted on: March 12th, 2014 by intern No Comments


Don’t miss the unique opportunity of a night- time guided tour of the Basilica of S. Marco!

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On Monday, March 17th, we will organize a tour of the Basilica led by Caterina Nardin.

If you want to participate sign in on the list on the door of corridor 9 by Friday, March 14th at 3 pm.

The Meeting Point for the visit is in Piazzetta dei Leoncini at 7 pm.

The entrance number is limited, therefore precedence will be given to VIU students and professors.
Don’t worry if you don’t make it this time, there will be another visit on Monday March 24th.


The Basilica of Saint Mark is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marcoand it is connected to the Doge’s Palace. It has been the city’s cathedral since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice.
Famous all around the world for its opulent design, its golden  mosaics and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, from the 11th century on the building has been known by the nickname Chiesa d’Oro (Golden Church).
A typical feature of the Basilica is the four bronze horses dominating the facade, known as Horses of St. Mark. They were installed on the balcony above the portal of the basilica in about 1254. The horses were long displayed at the Hippodrome of Constantinople. In 1204 Doge Enrico Dandolo brought them to Venice as part of the loot sacked from Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. They were taken to Paris by Napoleon in 1797 but returned to Venice in 1815. After a long restoration the originals are kept in St Mark’s Museum inside the basilica while the horses now on the façade are bronze replicas.

We await you numerous on Monday!

Transcultural Game for all Students and Professors

Posted on: March 7th, 2014 by intern No Comments


Wednesday, March 12th, 5 pm, room 9A

Everybody is invited to take part to the “transcultural game”. Do not miss it! It will be great fun while contributing to mutual understanding!

The rules of the game are very simple:
1. Form a group with friends with whom you feel you share a common “culture”.
2. Self-define yourself: your choice has to be related to places or cultures that the people of the group share.
3. Write down a list of ten things other students (and professors) on campus should know about yourself and those belonging to the chosen category in terms of social relations and situations of everyday life, misunderstandings on island, things that have already occurred.
4. Come on WEDNESDAY, March 12th and read the list to the other participants.
Once you form a group please send an e-mail with the chosen name to professor Luca Pes:


Field Trip to Padua

Posted on: March 7th, 2014 by intern No Comments


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Friday, Mar 14th, Field Trip to Padua, all day

The meeting point is at Venice S.L. railway station at 8.20 am.

The trip includes visits to the Scrovegni Chapel, St. Antonio Basilica, Bo Palace and Anatomical Theatre.

This activity is compulsory for the course “Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice”, therefore students from this course will have to pay only for their lunch, while the return ticket cost will be reimbursed (only Regional Train max. €3.60, keep the original ticket). The trip is also open to other interested students but precedence will be given to students from Prof. Pattanaro/Savy’s course.

Students from other courses will pay 10,60 € in advance (one-way train ticket Venice-Padua + Scrovegni  and Bo Palace ticket entrance) at the Front Office by Tuesday, Mar 11th. They will pay for their own return ticket on the day.

Some places are still available for the students who don’t belong to the course “Art and Architecture”, so if you want to participate please bring 10,60 € to the Front Office by Tuesday, Mar 11th, 1 pm.

The meeting point will be at Venice S.L. railway station at 8.20 am on Friday, Mar 14th.

Detailed Program

8.20 am Meeting point at Venezia SL railway station
8.42 am Regional train to Padova
9.08 am Arrival at Padova railway station
10.00 am   

10.45 am    

Guided visit to Scrovegni Chapel

Guided visit to Chiesa degli Eremitani

11.30 am Guided Visit to St. Antonio Basilica
12.00 – 2.30 pm Free Time for lunch and a tour of Padua Historical City Center
2.30 pm

3.00 pm

Meeting at Palazzo del BO

Guided visit to Palazzo Del Bo and Anatomical Theatre

4.00 pm End of the visit. Students are free to stay in Padova or return to Venice on their own.Possible trains from Padova to Venezia SL:

17.21 – 17.48
17.51 – 18.18

There will be a strike on Friday from 9 am until 5pm. After 5pm trains function regurlarly.

“Goodbye Lenin”, the movie by German students

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by intern No Comments
Monday, March 10th, 5pm, room 9A,

VIU Movie series: proposal by German Students – Goodbye Lenin! 2003

      goodbye lenin
by Wolfgang Becker 2003
121 mins, starring Daniel Brühl, Katrin Sass and Chulpan Khamatova, German with English subtitlesSynopsis: in 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany has she knew it, has disappeared. European Film Awards Winner 2003, nominated for Best Foreign Film at Golden Globe Awards 2004.