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Pino Donaggio

Pino Donaggio agli esordi

His Vocational Education

Born in the island of Burano on 24 November 1941, into a family of musicians, Giuseppe "Pino" Donaggio began studying violin at the age of 10, first at the Benedetto Marcello conservatory in Venice, and later at the Giuseppe Verdi conservatory in Milan. His natural talent brought him, at the age of 14, to debut as soloist in a Vivaldi Concert for the Italia Radio, and later to work with Solisti Veneti and Solisti di Milano.

The discovery of rock and roll during a summer holiday in 1959 ended his classical career and made him debut as singer with Paul Anka. From this moment on he started writing his own songs and in a few years Pino Donaggio became one of the smartest Italian singers and songwriters.

The Singer Career

His singer career began in the early years of '60s, with Donaggio's performances at the Festival di San Remo, in 1961, 1963, 1964. Always a great success. Even if he probably secretly preferred songwriting to performing on stage.

Still at the Festival, in 1965, he performed one of his best songs "Io che non vivo (senza te)". A triumph that sold 60.000.000 copies worldwide, even turned by Elvis Presley into the famous "You don't have to say you love me", the english translation of the same song.

Other famous songs are: "Come sinfonia", "Il cane di stoffa", "Giovane giovane" and "Una casa in cima al mondo".

His career in songwriting increased during the '70s, when he wrote songs for many famous Italian singers, such as Enzo Jannacci.

In 2001 Pino Donaggio took part of the panel for the 51st Festival di San Remo.

The Cinema World

Pino Donaggio has always been considered a very versatile artist, so his debut as soundtrack composer came really natural. His first work goes back to 1973, with the soundtrack for "Don't Look Now", directed by Nicholas Roeg, starring Donald Sutherland. The magazine "Films and Filming" elected the song as best soundtrack of the year.

Later in 1976 Pino Donaggio started his cooperation with Brian De Palma, writing the soundtracks for "Dressed to Kill", "Blow out" and "Raising Chain".

Film Soundtracks

  • (2006)
  • "Antonio, guerriero di Dio" by Antonello Belluco, Sandro Cecca
  • "La Terra" by Sergio Rubini
  • (2005)
  • "Ti piace Hitchcock?" by Dario Argento
  • "Concorso di Colpa" by Claudio Fragasso
  • (2004)
  • "Pontormo - Un amore eretico " by Giovanni Fago
  • (2003)
  • "L'anima gemella" by Sergio Rubini
  • "Tra due mondi" by Fabio Conversi
  • (2002)
  • "I banchieri di Dio" by Giuseppe Ferrara
  • (2000)
  • "Sulla spiaggia e di là dal molo" by Giovanni Fago
  • "Trasgredire" by Tinto Brass
  • "Up at the Villa" by Philip Haas
  • (1999)
  • "Terra bruciata" by Fabio Segatori
  • "Un uomo perbene" by Maurizio Zaccaro
  • "Prima del tramonto" by Stefano Incerti
  • (1998)
  • "Il Mio West" by Leonardo Pieraccioni
  • "Monella" by Tinto Brass
  • "Coppia omicida" by Claudio Fragasso
  • (1997)
  • "Il carniere" by Maurizio Zaccaro
  • "La terza luna" by Matteo Bellinelli
  • (1996)
  • "L'arcano incantatore" by Pupi Avati
  • "Festival" by Pupi Avati
  • "Oblivion 2: Backlash" by Sam Irvin
  • "Squillo" by Carlo Vanzina
  • (1995)
  • "Un eroe borghese" by Michele Placido
  • "Marciando nel buio" by Massimo Spano
  • "Mollo tutto" by José María Sánchez Silva
  • "Palermo Milano solo andata" by Claudio Fragasso
  • "Segreto di stato" by Giuseppe Ferrara
  • "Soldato ignoto" by Marcello Aliprandi
  • "Never Talk to a Stranger" by Peter Hall
  • to complete.......

Burano Tours and Venice Tours

Boat tours to Burano Murano Torcello Venezia

Boat Excursion to Murano, Burano and Torcello

Duration: about 4 hours

Period: available all year!

This fascinating boat trip in Venice islands offers you a Murano, Burano and Torcello half-day sightseeing tour without taking too much time away from visiting Venice: this Venice lagoon trip has, in fact, a total duration of four hours and includes short stops on all three islands. A pleasant and economical way to make a trip to Burano, Murano and Torcello, departing from the central San Marco Square. For your Burano tour's reservation, please click on the button below.


Boat Trip to Murano and Burano

Duration: about 41/2 hours

Period: from 1st April to 31st October

This boat trip in the lagoon will allow you to concentrate the 4 hours at your disposal to visit Murano and Burano, the two most famous islands of Venice. The stops on the islands will be about an hour in Murano, where you can admire the glass working in a glass factory and an hour and a half in Burano, where you can visit a typical lace shop. The guided tours to these places will still optional and you can choose how to manage your visit to the islands. Also this tour departs from Piazza San Marco.


And if you prefer the same excursion, but having lunch in Burano:


Excursion to Murano and Burano with fish lunch

Excursion to Murano and Burano with fish lunch

Duration: about 41/2 hours

Period: from 1st April to 31st October

A boat excursion to the two most famous Venice's islands without forgetting the typical flavors and dishes! A guided tour to Murano and Burano departing from Venice with a lunch break in a typical Burano's restaurant.


If you are a "DIY tourist", who prefer to move freely without the comfort of our tours, you can get to Burano with the public vaporetto (Line 12). You can skip the line at the ticket offices buying the water bus tickets online.


Gondola Tours in Venice

Duration: variuos

In our section about the gondola tours in Venice, you can book the gondola ride you like directly online, starting from 31,00 €. If you are looking for a romantic evening in Venice and unforgettable, we recommend you the Venice Redentore in private gondola, the Historical Regatta in private gondola, or the gondola serenade.


Week end in Venice

Plan your weekend in Venice: take a ride in our section dedicated to museums, events, tours, attractions and hotels in Venice and lagoon islands.
Compose online your holiday package in Venice, adding to cart individual services and booking them all at once!

All these services are offered by a Venetian tour operators.

Local Handicrafts

Murano glass shop

New Arte Fuga - Lume Glass Factory

Via Giudecca, 132 - 30142 Burano (Venice Italy)

The New Arte Fuga shop in Burano, which is also a small glass factory, offers exclusively original Murano glass objects of its own manufacture.

Inside this shop it's possible to enjoy for free the "glass lume processing", typical of the area around Murano.

Download the coupon for "New Arte Fuga" by clicking on the button below: showing it in the shop you will be entitled to a discount or a freebie.

Burano Accommodation

Laguna Blu Bed and Breakfast in Burano

Burano Bed and Breakfast

Calle Daffan, 379 - 30142 Burano

Book your room in Burano, in the heart of the Venice Lagoon. Stay directly in the quiet Piazza Baldassare Galuppi of Burano.

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Holiday lettings, homes and apartments in Burano

Would you like to stay in a typical colorful house of Burano, once inhabited by fishermen and lace-makers?

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