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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...

The Fontego dei Tedeschi from the nineteenth century to the present day

In 1806, in the Napoleonic era, the Fontego lost its function as a building dedicated to commercial activities and the property was transferred to the state property. The building first became the land customs office,...

The Fontego dei Tedeschi in the Gothic period

The complete refurbishment of the building took place in 1341. Over time, based on the changed commercial needs, the Fontego underwent some extensions in 1372, through the purchase of adjacent buildings, including a...

The Fontego dei Tedeschi: the thirteenth-century factory

The first Fontego dei Tedeschi was probably built by the Republic between 1222 and 1225 in the area of ​​San Bartolomeo overlooking the Grand Canal. The location appears strongly connoted by the port nature of the...

The sestieri of Venice

In the city, the civic numbering is unique for each district, with some exceptions for the larger areas in the islands not connected by bridges, and reaches four-digit numbers, up to almost 7000 in Castello. This...

The great painters in Venice from the 1300s onwards

After a long period characterized by the domination of Byzantine art, in Venice from the fourteenth century onwards it was possible to witness a gradual approach to Western art, developing what would later become the...

Is reaching zero COVID-19 possible?

Most scientists agree that stringent control measures, involving efficient contact tracing, testing and isolation, together with social distancing and mask wearing, are required to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2. ...