In an atmosphere of ancient times, at our center you can find location for meetings concerning culture and hospitality inside an old monastery, restored and equipped with the latest technology. The Centre accommodates groups, individuals and families, and offers the opportunity to stay in a private and quiet place in the city centre of Venice, behind Gallerie dell’Accademia with direct overview on the Zattere quayside and on Giudecca Canal.

The entire building develops around three cloisters of 18th century and one cloister of 15th century near our Church of Santa Maria della Visitazione. Thanks to its vastness, its architecture, its gardens, its silence, our Center is an oasis inside the town: here even the rooms tell and create an atmosphere, by raising emotions.


Will let you discover all the magic atmospheres,
the incredible artistic heritage
of the Cultural Center Don Orione Artigianelli
and the magic in Venice.


What’s on in Venice

March 25, 2017

Tuesday, April 25th, Venice celebrates the Feast of Saint Mark, the patron Saint of the city, a party full of history and meanings, with the traditional custom of each Venetian to make a gift of a rosebud to his life partner, or even to Mom and daughters. To feel in every way a true Venetian, April 25th you have to run the flower shop to grab a bud field of red rose and you have to give it to your beloved, to your mother, daughter or sister. The tradition of the gift of "bocolo" (which means bud in Venetian) is a fixed rule on April 25th in Venice and foundations found in the most ancient city legends. The myths that narrate it are two and both versions are accepted. The first narrates the love between the noblewoman Maria Partecipazio and Tancredi the troubadour, hampered by social diversity; the second is about the rose garden which was located close to the tomb of St. Mark. In either case, the gift is associated with the love for a woman.

February 01, 2017

Carnival in Venice and on the mainland with masks and typical sweets (fritters). Venice becomes a big stage where arts, trades and traditions are protagonists.

‘Buongiorno Siora Maschera’ (Good morning Ms. Mask)  was the usual greeting of Venetians during Carnival time as identities, sex and social status disappeared beneath the charm of costumes. At least until 1797, when Venice was under French domination, Venetians wore masks not only at Carnival time -i.e. from Boxing Day Dec.26 ( the ancient date of the beginning of Carnival) to midnighjt on Shrove Tuesday – but also troughout the year and the use of the tabarro and the bauta were allowed on festive days. Glancing at the portrayals of 1700s tradition in the works of Pietro Longhi or Gabriele Bella in the Querini Stampalia Museum or the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum you can an idea of Venetian life during Carnival.

November 22, 2016

The Cultural Centre Don Orione Artigianelli, at the conclusion of the exhibition Rivus altus hosted in the past two months at the fifteenth-century cloister, received a beautiful gift by the Boga family members, through their Foundation, who have exhibited, in the photo shows together with architect Massimiliano Farina, the series of sculptures created by them called Homini: "benevolent beings profile, stilizzandosi and emptied, framed and include what is around them" (as he called them the newspaper Panorama the current issue this week - Nov. 23, 2016). But back to the great gift received, you can see just above, "Welcome", the Sanctity of Don Orione, which welcomes all the little ones with a flower in his hand. The work was placed inside the great eighteenth-century cloister so that it is visible from every room, meeting and surrounding rooms.

October 03, 2016

From October 8th to November 27th 2016, we will host the exhibition "Rivus Altus" at Sala Tiziano by our Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli Dorsoduro 909/a.  To view sculptures by Alberto Giacometti and brothers Boga alongside a photographic project by Massimiliano Farina.

Photographic series together in an unprecedented way the panorama of Venice more known in the world: the view from the Rialto Bridge; Farina takes this heterogeneous size sensitive, capturing the eyes and actions of the people around him.

The items in the installation are a real added value thanks to the participation of The Boga Foundation: the series of sculptures "Homini" of Boga converses with the elements of the exhibition, materializing the relationship between visitors and the people.

As a tribute to the 50th from the death of Giacometti and in remembrance of his participation at the Venice Biennale of 1956, will present two of his works from the collection of The Boga Foundation. The eclectic creative Boga is a precious source of inspiration from the work of Giacometti.

The project "Rivus Altus" consists thus of two distinct elements, in continuous dialogue between them, the landscape and its observatories.

The exhibition is realized with the contribution of The Boga Foundation, sponsored by the city of Venice, IUAV University, communication by Vittorio Schieroni.

October 01, 2016

Autumn can be a wonderful time to visit Venice: the crowds of the summer have gone and Venice shows its more authentic version, the Venetians' everyday city, still plenty of things to see and do. In October, the first Sunday celebrates Festa del Mosto - the must from the harvesting of wine grapes - in Sant'Erasmo. Visitors can join the locals to taste the island’s best produce and specialities. 7-9 October is Garden festival a special occasion for walking in colourful fall red-gold-orange gardens, often closed to the public. Thousands of running entusiasts will run the Venicemarathon on 23rd October starting from Stra along the Riviera del Brenta, finish line at St.Mark's Square. Do not miss the Biennale Architettura (until November 27) and the 500 years of the Venice Ghetto, the new exbitions and the theatrical season (Check our Calendar of events). On 21st November  the Feast of Madonna della Salute is celebrated, with a temporary bridge over the Grand Canal to the Salute Church and special masses. It is a very Venetian feast. Even today, thousands of people make the pilgrimage to pay homage to the Virgin and to light a candle asking her to keep them in good health. The procession of believers passes stalls selling sweets, coloured balloons and toys. Special foods are prepared just for this day.

In the mainland, in the islands and in the historic centre a rich calendar of events for Le città in Festa-Autumn.

If you are looking for new perspectives so to discover the true soul of the city, autumn is the best choice.