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

November 20, 2017

The Festa della Salute is probably the least “touristy” of the Venetian festivities, as it is for the Redentore (Redeemer), and evokes strong religious feelings among the city’s inhabitants,

Every year,  thousands of Venetians visit the main altar of the imposing Salute Church on November 21th to give thanks and  light candles to the to the  Madonna Mesapanditta. A temporary bridge is built on boats crossing the Grand Canal, connecting the area of  S. Maria del Giglio (in the Saint Mark neighbourhood) with Longhena’s basilica (in the Dorsoduro neighbourhood). In 1630, the plague (narrated by Alessandro Manzoni in his The Bethroted) gripped the North of Italy and Doge Nicolò Contarini made a public vow to erect a church called the Salute, asking for the Virgin Mary’s divine intercession to rid the city of the plague. Only in these days you can find the "Castradina S'ciavona"  a tribute to the loyalty of the Dalmatians who, during Venice's long plague-induced isolation, were the only state to provide Venice with food. However, they could only bring what they had to hand: mutton, which was readily available in that region. And so during those seemingly never-ending eighteen months of isolation the Venetians ate almost nothing else. This is why, in memory of that trying time, the tradition of eating castradina on November 21th is maintained to this day.

From "DeTourism"
November 09, 2017

St. Martin's Day is one of the most original and traditional Venetian festivals. The Summer of St Martin and the feast are celebrated with a traditional sweet biscuit pastry representing St. Martin on horseback with his sword, while children go around to "batter sanmartin" or "to beat St. Martin" singing a nursery rhyme in exchange for sweets or coins. Do you want to prepare the traditional sweet ?

The feast is celebrated both on the mainland and in the historic centre with many events for children and families: animation, music, workshops and culinary stands keep the tradition alive.

In Venice two are the churches dedicated to St. Martin. Why not make a visit on this day?

One church is not far from the Arsenale in Castello, built in the 16th century on Jacopo Sansovino's project, the other one is in the island of Burano. In the church you can admire the Crucifixion by Giambattista Tiepolo (about 1721)

From "DeTourism"
October 17, 2017

"The magnificent, trumpetlike chimneys resembling medieval turrets in the backdrop of every Madonna and Crucifixion idle and gradually crumble away from the local skyline" (Iosif Brodskij, Watermark) Strolling around Venice with your nose in the air, you will see a large number of chimneys of different shapes. They’re part of Venice’s fascinating minor architectural heritage, they are structural elements, with a precise functionality, important part of its landscape. Venice counts about 7,000 chimneys, evidence of the gradual historic-architectural stratification of the city. You will see dozens of different shapes: bell-shaped,on the roof of Palazzo Dario; double or triple fork shape, in Fondamenta della Misericordia.  You can recognize a truncated cone shape chimney from the Bridge of Pugni in San Barnaba; a cylindrical or  cubic shield, covered by Istria stone, in campo Sant'Agostino; a truncated pyramid shape from  Ponte Pasqualigo in campo Santa Maria Formosa;  a dado shape on the San Stae canal; a cusp-shaped in marble, like that of Zecca, in Piazza San Marco, by Jacopo Sansovino; a bell tower shape in campo San Fantin; the obelisk-shaped ones on the roof of Papadopoli Palace. In the paintings of great painters like Carpaccio, Bellini, Canaletto we find the Renaissance Venice in these unique artifacts, an outstanding example of Venetian art of chimney construction.

From "DeTourism"
October 02, 2017

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. 6-8 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 22nd October starting from Stra along the Riviera del Brenta, finish line at Riva Sette Martiri in Venice. Do not miss the Biennale Arte (until November 26), 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.

From "DeTourism"  
September 26, 2017

Venice, for many visitors, is often only a must-see destination, they're acquainted with  movies, books, songs or major events such as  the Biennale, museums, Carnival or the palaces on the Grand Canal, but beyond and all around Venice stand the Venitian lagoon. Download the map of the Lagoon

Let's live Venice slowly, beyond the clichés, get lost to find out the real Venice, discovering the lesser-known islands of the lagoon, walking, biking or by boat. Old farmers' and fishermen's villages are waiting for you to take part in the traditional festivals,  to get a taste of local life and exchange tales with locals. Take  a chance to observe the flora and fauna of these fragile wetlands, follow the naturalistic itineraries and experience the traditional fishing or learn about the lagoon flora and fauna. If you're interested in visiting the oasis, dunes and the pine forest of San Nicolò and the wetlands of Santa Maria del Mare, nothing better than the cycling path along the coast of Lido and Pellestrina. Take the vaporetto ACTV

Remember that bicycles are forbidden (even when only lead by hand) in Venice city centre

From "DeTourism"