Tomorrow, 3 February, will see the Festa delle Marie take place as part of the Venetian carnival. But what are its true origins? Find out here.
The second in a series of posts exploring the history of the Venetian Carnival and the events which would have taken place during the time of the Venetian Republic (697-1797).
Tomorrow, 27 January 2018, is the official start of what is probably the most famous carnival in the world, the Carnevale di Venezia. Soon the calli and campi will be full of people, mostly tourists and mostly French, sporting costumes ranging from the outlandish to the opulent, and posing for photographs evocative of the final century of … Continue reading Carnival in Venice
When the Italian people got together to choose which of the many varieties of the language to adopt as the common and literary language, it boiled down to two: Tuscan and Venetian.
Today, 13 December, is the feast of Santa Lucia. Venerated all over the Christian world, Santa Lucia has special links with Venice that go far beyond the name of the train station.
Marin Sanudo was a Venetian nobleman, born in 1466, who became a sort of Venetian Samuel Pepys; or should we say, as he was born earlier, that Samuel Pepys was a sort of English Marin Sanudo? Read all about him here.
This head goes unnoticed by ninety-nine per cent of visitors. Even people particularly familiar with the building often have no idea it’s there. But Venetians know it’s there. Some will tell you that this is the head of Carmagnola, a soldier wrongly executed for treason. And others ...