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Hidden history

Long live the doge

Viva il doge – Long live the doge – the writing on the wall celebrating the election of Andrea Gritto as doge in april 1523

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Hidden history

An ancient game board in Venice

Every stone in Venice tells a story. Recently I stumbled upon a stone telling a story of gaming. It had incised a Nine men’s Morris game board

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News from Venice

‘New’ frescoes in the Torcello basilica

Recent maintenance work on the Santa Maria Assunta basilica has uncovered ‘new’ frescoes. Hitherto unknown, they can throw some fresh light on the earliest history of Venice. The ‘new’ frescos are from the 9th/10th century CE, so they are actually quite old. The frescoes appear on the side walls, above the current ceiling, which dates […]

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Lazzaretti

Antonio Moro and the Somachio

Lazzaretto Nuovo — the plague island For three centuries it was the main quarantine station guarding the city of Venice from the bubonic plague. Merchandise as well as people were kept in quarantine, and the goods underwent a series of treatments to cleanse it. The people doing this risky work, referred to with the Venetian […]

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News from Venice

Venice is in corona virus lockdown

I’m not doing any walks for a while here in Venice, as we’re all in corona virus lockdown. We’ll all need to sit this crisis out, and hope for the best. Hopefully, this will soon be over and we’ll be able to travel and meet again without fear.

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The Venetian Lagoon

Poveglia – a photo gallery from the island

A photo gallery of some of the many photos I have from the island of Poveglia in the Venetian lagoon.

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Boats and boating Lazzaretti The Venetian Lagoon

Poveglia – more than ghost stories

The island of Poveglia is now famous for ghost stories made up by American television. However, there’s a lot more to say about the island than fictitious stories of ghosts and crazy doctors.

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Hidden history

The mysterious hooks of fortune at San Canciano

A bridge at San Canciano is called the “bridge of the hung and quartered”. Nearby hangs some hooks on the wall, but nobody knows what they were for.

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Hidden history

Fondamenta de la Tana

Fondamenta de la Tana and Rio de la Tana seem inconspicuous but the name reveals ancient trading connections to the Black Sea.