You can learn so much about a city’s culture and history by visiting its main centre; in Venice, Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) is the main historic plaza home to many famous landmarks and monuments.
The four orphanages in Venice all were conservatories for girls who were not supported by their parents; the young girls were profoundly talented in their music and were taught to play a number of instruments including the violin, the flute, the cello, and many more.
Venice in the 18th century was thriving in its classical Baroque music. If you visit the Italian city, be sure to book tickets to see a Vivaldi concert and be taken back in history.
In the 12th century (1162), the Carnival of Venice began after a successful victory of the Republic against the Patriarch of Aquileia when people on the streets began to dance and reunite in St Mark’s Square.
The festival received this official title in the Renaissance period. In 1797, however, the festival was outlawed by the King of Austria.
The celebrated colourful event was re-launched in the late 20th century (1979) when the Italian government made the decision to restore and return this historic and cultural heritage aspect of Venice. If you are in this charming city doing some sightseeing and exploring, make sure you visit the carnival which is held every year.
In the late 19th century, Mark Twain, the famous American author who wrote the world-renowned “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, came to Venice and dedicated most of his chapter in “The Innocents Abroad” on the urban Venetian life with reference to the traditional gondolas and their “captains”.
Witness the winner of the Historical Reggata become a part of Venetian history when you are in Italy on vacation in September.
The first Historical Reggata rowing boat race is the “Youngster Rowers” for men on pupparini boats with two oars.
The second race that you will witness if you attend this traditional event in Venice is the women’s race on the mascarete rowing boats.
After this comes the men’s race on heavy caorline rowing boats with six oars; these boats are no longer a part of the various boats used in Venice as these used to be used as a form of river transportation.
The last race of this Venetian event is the “Champions’ Race” which uses gondolini boats with two oars (these are similar to the gondola, however slimmer).