The Compagnie della Calza, their history and customs will take us on a tour of Venice, to the heart of the ever-intriguing Carnival with its endless curiosities. Through the Compagnie’s stories, we will also uncover the flavours of many other Venetian festivities, some long-gone but some still very much alive today.
Pietà is a truly moving institution that has existed ever since it was first established in 1346 to help those children – initially exclusively from poor families – who were abandoned in the streets of Venice, a city that suffered from this plague like many others.
But it is also touching for its extraordinary developments, both involving or not involving music, connected to private and public generosity and, at the same time, for teaching its “daughters” a lot thanks to the work of composers and musicians such as Vivaldi who dedicated almost forty years of his life to them.
The Venetian Carnival is going to start very soon: learn how and why Carnival began in the Middle Ages, read, while eating a ,fritella, about the ceremony of Fat Thursday in Venice and the origin of the ancient tribute of a bull and 12 pigs to the Doge.
This interview is dedicated to those visitors curious to know all about the soul of the lagoon city and of the Venetians who still have a genuine love for it. “Theatre is life and, thanks to Mattia Berto, Venice is alive without a shadow of a doubt! And I, who have always been passionate about theatre, will have the pleasure of taking you around the city with a specially-programmed itinerary.”
An unusual itinerary between theatrical literature and curious tales of Venice in the 18th Century. We visit Ca’ Centani, the Gothic palace where the great Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni grew up, in the district of San Polo. His birthplace houses now an interesting museum dedicated to Carlo Goldoni, giving an idea of life in Venice in the 18th Century with an intact puppet theatre with several puppets, pieces of furniture, clothing and masks.