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

May 22, 2018

FREESPACE, the title of this year Biennale, is a word which describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda. The 16th International Architecture Exhibition FREESPACE will open to the public on 26 May at the Giardini and the Arsenale venues, and elsewhere in Venice. Curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, the exhibition includes 71 architects and firms, 63 National Participations and 12 Collateral Events. The 71 participants will be joined by two Special Sections: the first is titled Close Encounter, meetings with remarkable projects (16 participants) and will present works that originate in a reflection on buildings that are part of the history of Architecture; the second is titled The Practice of Teaching (13 participants) and will collect projects developed as part of teaching experiences. The collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum continues with the Special Project Applied Arts Pavilion in the Arsenale; a further Special Project will be set up at Forte Marghera in Venice Mestre. The Biennale Architettura 2018 will be accompanied throughout its duration by a programme of conversations: the Meetings on Architecture are an opportunity to listen to the voices of the protagonists of the Exhibition.

May 13, 2018

The roots of the Sensa Feast-day, on the occasion of Ascension Day (in Venetian dialect Sensa) lie in the history of Venice and more specifically in two episodes: the conquest of Dalmatia by the Venetians and when Doge Ziani acted as mediator between Pope Alexander III and Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (Peace of Venice, 1177).

The Marriage of the sea ceremony took place on the occasion of this feast.  The Doge of the Serenissima used this rite to demonstrate the Republic's dominion in the Adratic. The doge and his entourage embarked on the Bucintoro. On reaching the mouth of San Nicolò port, the Doge threw a gold ring into the sea.

The symbolism of the mystic marriage to the sea is still evident and is certainly still valid today. The Mayor of Venice, civic dignitaries and religious and military representatives leave Saint Mark's Square and sail to the Port of S. Nicolò where the ritual ring throwing takes place.

From "DeTourism"
May 04, 2018

In Venice you can still find the squeri, small boatyards where expert craftsmen build and repair wooden boats. The squeri are just as ancient as Venice itself, everything is still the way it used to be. Just  a few steps away from the usual tourist routes, you can meet the last master boatbuilders  - you can count them on one hand -  that pass on the art of building gondolas and all other typical lagoon boats the sandoli, sanpierote, caorline, topi, cofani. Traditional squeri are usually built on a courtyard that slopes down towards the water to launch or tow boats, whereas manufacturing is carried out inside a teza, a wooden warehouse built on brick pillars, which can sometimes have another storey where the squerariol (the boatbuilder) lives.

Here are four squeri to visit:

Squero San Trovaso at Dorsoduro 1097 Along the Rio San Trovaso, from before the seventeenth century. The building that houses it is reminiscent of an alpine cabin: both the carpenters and the construction timber came from Cadore; the inclination of the square in front and the roof covering it were useful in case of rain, as well as a deposit for work tools.

Squero Domenico Tramontin & Sons at Dorsoduro 1542 whose boatyard in the Ognissanti area is worth a visit - they have been building gondolas since 1884. Among the many curiosities on display is the collection of blades, tools, oarlocks and other objects which once belonged to famous owners, including the house of Savoy. 

Squero Crea Giudecca 212, owned by Gianfranco Vianello (aka Crea), a champion rower; his is the only squero which supplies gondolas complete with all the accessories including oarlocks and oars.

The last one is the squero of Costantini-Dei Rossi in Giudecca, 866 / A, who, although young, is a faithful follower of the traditional methods and the only one, apart from Crea, producing other types of vessels as well as gondolas.

From "DeTourism"
April 27, 2018

Beyond the most popular itineraries, Piazza San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, there are whole areas of Venice to be explored to fully understand the authentic soul of this millenary city. Why don't you look for the itinerary suggested by the Sustainable Tourism Service of the City of Venice to the participants of the 40th Su and Zo per i ponti (Up and down the bridges)? Discover the wells of Venice: walking around Venice, in fact, you can often come across the wellheads, authentic works of art scattered in every corner of the city. The unmistakable appearance of "campi", courtyards, cloisters and gardens of Venice would not be such as we know it without the wells, today no longer in use but for centuries an essential element of Venetian daily life, at least until the construction of the first aqueduct, at the end of the nineteenth century . The wells, thanks to an ingenious system for the collection and filtering of rainwater, assured to a city built on the brackish water of the lagoon, the supply of fresh water: "Venice is on water and has no water", so in fact wrote Marin Sanudo, Venetian historian and chronicler, around the early 1500s. The Venetian well is an underground cistern for the collection, purification and conservation of rainwater, and the wellhead is the visible part of the real well. You can see different wells, some of which are very old, a in the Archaeological Museum and the Natural History Museum of Venice.

FROM "DeTourism"
April 23, 2018

On April 25, Liberation Day, Venice celebrates St. Mark, the Patron's of the city and the gift of a red rosebud (bòcolo) to a beloved. The red rose is strictly related to the feast-day. Even tourists join in this popular tradition. The custom is linked to the tragic tale of the love and death of the minstrel Tancredi, devoted to the noble Maria Partecipazio, doge's daughter. Tancredi, joined the army of Charlemagne but fell in battle. Before dying, he entrusted his friend Orlando with a rosebud coloured with the red of his blood for his beloved Maria as a pledge of true and ever-lasting love. Maria, petrified with grief, dies, in her hands, the blood-red rosebud: it was April 25. Since then in Venice, in St. Mark's Day, Venetians offer to their beloved partners, mothers and daughters a bòcolo, symbol of eternal love.

Among the others the Regatta of Bòcolo  of the association Vela al Terzo which will take place in the Lagoon near the islands of S. Angelo della Polvere, Sacca Sessola, Poveglia and Boccalama. The regatta will start at 2 p.m. Refreshment at the end of the racing day and awarding of prizes to the three best classified of each category . All the women participating at the Regatta will receive the traditional Bòcolo.

From "DeTourism"