In Venice, the plague was a scourge that lasted until the end of the 18th century. The Venetian Government adopted ingenious remedies and social policies that were, at that time, cutting-edge; nevertheless, victims numbered in the hundreds of thousands. What might be visited by a curious tourist today in Venice that is connected to the plague?
Professor Giuseppe Jona: a remarkable example of a Venetian citizen during a dark period in the 20th century
Professor Giuseppe Jona was a remarkable Venetian citizen in a dark period. After having graduated in Medicine at the University of Padua, he worked as a physician at the Venetian hospital, he taught Pathological Anatomy in Padua, he became a Chief Physician in Anatomy and Medicine in Venice, he was President of the Ateneo Veneto and in 1940 President of the Jewish community.
The Venetian language is an important part of the identity of Venice and of its cultural heritage.
It’s been spoken for hundreds of years in everyday life and it boasts a literary tradition of its own.
During the 19th Century American and English collectors fell in love with Venice and decided to live in their palaces along the Grand Canal. Many of these visitors started a collection of Venetian art pieces and handicraft objects like glasses, velvet and damask, but also paintings of important old Venetian masters.
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.
Walking into a mask shop in Venice means being transported into a magical world: discover with us the history and secrets of Venetian masks!