From the stable to the stars, only those who fall can rise again. This is the story of Antonio, commander of the Venetian fleet defeated by the Turks in the naval battle of Zonchio (1499) and sentenced to death.

Perhaps through the intercession of his son Domenico, a cardinal in Rome, the death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment on the island of Cres.

From here Antony managed to escape after only two years and took refuge in Rome with his son; later, when the Republic was threatened by the League of Cambrai, Antony did everything in his power to dissuade Pope Julius II della Rovere from taking part in the war.

The success of his diplomatic offices allowed him to return to Venice in 1509, where he resumed his public career and in 1521, at the age of 87 (he was born on 28 December 1434), he was elected doge. The oldest in history. His coronation ceremony took place on the Scala dei Giganti, thus starting a custom that lasted until the end of the Republic.

He was buried in the Church of St. Anthony (Castello) and his tomb was destroyed with the church in 1807.

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