How is Venice changing after a rather difficult year 2019, and what is important to know for visitors now? While outwardly, the city is beautiful as always, there are a few things you need to take into account to prepare your visit in 2020 ff. In this post, we share our favorite resources (books, travel tips, travel websites). While some resources are equally relevant for all visitors, we mention specific tips for first-time, frequent visitors and “Venice experts / insiders”.

Basic resources for all visitors

These are our recommended resources for you to keep up in touch with Venice, and consult before your visit. Each of these links has plenty of suggestions to dig deeper and find your personal favorite topics.

Resources for first-time visitors

Are planning to visit Venice for the first time, or are you returning after more than 10-15 years (a lot has changed ..). We can’t wait for you to discover the city and dive right in. Here are some resources for you:

Resources for frequent visitors / Venetophiles

You return to Venice as often as you can, once or several times a year! You love exploring art and food and enjoy Venetian lifestyle. You do (much of) your shopping in Venice, some of you write blogs, love painting, or are photographers. Most of all, you love immersing yourselves into Venetian creativity, collecting books, paintings, and all websites and newsletters out there on Venice! Here are our suggestions for you, the frequent travelers – Venetophiles, for a fresh start into your new decade with Venice!

Resources for “insiders / experts”

This is for all who call Venezia “home” or “second home”. You speak Italian and (!) Venetian fluently, plus the second and third former official languages of La Serenissima Republic, Latin and Ancient Greek (koiné to be precise). Thus, you are able read the original texts and draw your own conclusions. You contribute to shedding light on forgotten aspects of Venice, being a regular at the Venetian State Archive and museum libraries. We are happy to already have met some of you, such as historian Frederick Lane, whom Lina gave access to the library of San Zaccaria to do research for his book on money and banking in Renaissance Venice.

Perhaps you would like to focus on a certain topic in 2020 and explore it from original documents? What about the urban development of our city, why and how the ancient professions made Venice unique in the world? The shelves of libraries and the State Archive are filled with forgotten books waiting for us to open!

  • Learning more about urban development: I nizioléti raccontano Venezia: Which specific features of the Venetian cityscape and their meaning pass on Venetian heritage, language and stories?
  • I mestieri antichi di Venezia: Discover the role of ancient professions in Venice in this book by Antonio Manno, and then compare your findings with this 16-part-blog series written by Nino Baldan: Le attività scomparse a Venezia. Just think – which of these mestieri would be important to take up again? This is another topic we cover in Venetia – Venetian Heritage.
  • Dive into history: Focus on the area around Campo della Bragora and the secret stories of families: Start with exploring the website of the church San Giovanni in Bragora and get to know the families living on this campo in the past (some still live here). How did they coin the foreign and merchant policy of Venice? San Giovanni in Bragora by Virgilio Boccardi reveals many secrets and is the only one mentioning the little-known fact that the Venetian Loredan family are the in-laws of Marco Polo, and their special relationship with the Medici of Florence.
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Posted by:Iris

Iris Loredana: Culinary historian, food and lifestyle blogger. Author of the Blogs "La Venessiana" (Venice) and "From My Italian Home" (coming soon). My family is from Venice and Amalfi and I'm currently based in Venice and Vienna. I love traveling, cooking and gardening - all the things I'm writing about in my blogs !!

3 replies on “30 Resources for you to explore Venice in 2020

  1. This is an incredible resource! I am going to save the link and post it on Facebook. Thank you for your continued championing of Venezia.

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