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The legendary origin and foundation of Venice

There are not many cities that can be defined as legendary, but Venice and its history have succeeded in the enterprise, starting from their birth. What, then, is the legend? It is a short story that arises when...

The Grand Canal that Canaletto and Guardi could have painted if they had been Irish

There is the Grand Canal portrayed from dozens of angles and panoramic points, first by the great 18th-century Venetian landscape painters such as Canaletto or Francesco Guardi, then by professional photographers or...

Artworks safe from climate change with the new Louvre Conservation Center

Protect artworks from climate change. In an era in which the certainty of an increasingly critical climate has become a reality, where the risk of more frequent and more intense flooding forces all coastal realities to...

How is an illuminated manuscript made?

All over the world, in cultural archives and in private collections, there are precious witnesses of what can be placed at the dawn of modern publishing: manuscripts. In Italy, some of these can also be consulted...

Venetian rowing: a question of levers

One thing that immediately catches the eye of those who go to Venice for the first time and wander around the lagoon is the way in which the local population conducts non-motor boats. It is the so-called Venetian...

Pinna nobilis disappearance alarm also along the Venetian coast: now your help is even more important

The loss of biodiversity has unfortunately become one of the great issues and one of the great challenges of the new century, which affects everyone because we too depend on it, our very survival depends on it....

The Corno Dogale

Among the particularities that distinguished the doge from all the other sovereigns there was also his headdress: in fact, he did not wear the crown but the horn, a kind of cap of Byzantine origin that took different...

Postcards of the Doges

In its over a thousand years, 120 Doges have alternated to the government of the Republic of San Marco who, with the institution of the Ducal Promission (1192) and from the end of the 13th century, were elected with a...

Dogal elections in the Republic of Venice

History of the customs elections. From arengo to balotin Established in 697 the office of doge, except for an interruption (737-742), it remained uninterrupted until the end of the Republic (1797); let's see how it...

Ecosystem services: when Nature is our partner

Although we experience this kind of partnership with Nature every day, almost all of the times and for almost all of the people living on this planet, the definition of ecosystem services is unknown. Yet, every time...

The plague, the epidemics of the past in Venice and the lazzaretti (hospitals) as an efficient prevention solution.

During the Middle Ages of the plague we got sick for no reason and in the same way we healed randomly. What is the plague? The word "plague" has origins from the Indo-European word pes, mortal breath, which does...

The sixteenth-century Fontego dei Tedeschi

The Council of Ten in February 1505 entrusted the task of reconstruction to Giorgio Spavento, proto of the Basilica of San Marco and to Francesco Garzoni, Provveditor al Sal, the specific administrative supervision of...