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He belonged to one of the 12 so-called Apostolic families.

He is remembered above all for the first impressive expedition of the Venetians to the Holy Land, with about 200 ships under the command of his son Giovanni, made with the aim of driving out of Syria the Pisans, who had settled in Jaffa or Jaffa with their own trading quarter following the help offered to Goffredo di Buglione, Duke of Lorraine.

The latter, in fact, urged on by the pope's words, had put himself at the head of the crusaders with a retinue of 120 Pisan ships, a Genoese escort and militia from all ov

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