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Baiamonte Tiepolo conspiracy against the Serenissima

15 June 2013

Among the Venice events in June 2013 there is a new one: the fascinating historical re-enactment of the Baiamonte Tiepolo Conspiracy.

On 15 June 1310 Baiamonte Tiepolo, a member of one of the most powerful families of the Venetian Republic, organized a revolt against the Serenissima with the support of Querini and Badoer families, long committed to resize the excessive power of the patrician class.

Spread over several areas of Venice, the conspiracy had to converge in St. Mark's Square to attack the Doges Palace and kill the Doge Pietro Gradenigo.

One of the conspirators, however, warned the Doge before dawn and while Venice was in the throes of a severe storm, the conspirators were divided into two groups and set out for St. Mark's Square. The first group, led by Querini, found the Doge assisted by the Dandolo and Giustiniani families waiting for him. Taken by surprise, the men did not hesitate to flee. The second group, led by Baiamonte Tiepolo, almost came to a fight, but the fortunate intervention of the vecia col morter (old woman with mortar) and the death of the standard bearer of Baiamonte Tiepolo sanctioned the final defeat of the rebels.

The historical re-enactment as part of the Venice events calendar 2013 aims to present the dynamics of the conspiracy on the day of the victory of Venice over Baiamonte Tiepolo.

The event was conceived and organized in order to bring back to life the atmosphere and the events that took place in Venice on that distant day... a herald in costume accompanied by some participants will retrace the locations where the conspiracy of Baiamonte Tiepolo took place centuries ago telling the events that occurred in old Venetian and English.

Starting from 10.30 am, the historical re-enactment will move in line with the true events and will touch some of the most evocative areas of Venice: Mercerie dellOrologio, very close to the Clock Tower; Ponte dei Dai, the point where the group led by Querini was driven back by the supporters of the Doge to the cry Dai! Dai! (Come on! Come on! which is where it is claimed the name of the bridge comes from; Rialto Bridge, at the time it was made of wood, burned by the conspirators to delay the arrival of the Doges troops; San Luca Square, to admire a flagstaff erected by the Venetian Republic in memory of the victory against the conspirators.

The raising of the flagstaff and the award of the Vecia del Morter 2013 prize will close the event in San Luca Square.

One of the most exciting historical Venice events in June 2013, an exciting day to relive the events of the distant 15th of June 1310 in different areas of the old town ... a unique experience to discover Venice through its fascinating history.


By Insidecom Editorial Staff