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 ...
Walking around Venice, you see lots of prints of old maps of ‘Venice from the air’. From the sixteenth century onwards, this became a stock way to depict Venice pictorially. The many different versions provide useful information about the history and development of the city through the ages and are fascinating to look at in … Continue reading A Bird’s-eye view of Venice
The Venetian language developed alongside standard Italian and was the dominant language in north-east Italy until Italian unification. And in fact, many words of Italian origin that entered the English language came directly from Venetian. Here are five of the best.
November 2 is, in the Venetian calendar, 'el zorno dei morti', the day of the dead. In common with the whole of the Catholic world, the day in which dead friends, family, and ancestors are remembered and honoured. In Venice, the focus shifts to the island of San Michele, which since 1807 has been the … Continue reading The day of the dead
On 12 May 1797, His Serene Highness Ludovico Manin, Doge of Venice, signed away his position, authority, and country to the French, concluding forever, the history of the Republic of Venice. Manin was the last in a line of 120 men to have borne that title. Most of us are familiar with the name 'doge … Continue reading The Doge of Venice