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Cold Venice and the frozen lagoon

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Cold Venice and the frozen lagoon

If you are in Venice at the moment and it feels really cold, do you know that in the past the temperatures were so low the Laguna froze on more than one occasion!

Like, for example in December 1708, when King Frederick IV of Denmark and Norway visited Venice. According to a popular legend it was his arrival from the cold north which brought the unusual snow and frost. In fact, on that occasion, the Laguna totally froze, and for a few days, it was possible to reach the mainland with wagons and sleighs!

To get an idea of how the lagoon was at this rare event, you can go to the Gallery of the Querini Stampalia Foundation, where a painting by an anonymous painter from Veneto titled 'La laguna ghiacciata alle Fondamenta Nuove nel 1708', is exhibited.

The Querini Stampalia Foundation is the only example of a noble Venetian Palace which has preserved its collection of works of art and its library over the centuries. In addition, the gardens and the ground floor were restored by Carlo Scarpa in the 1960s.

This museum is the ideal place for those wishing to visit an authentic aristocratic residence in Venice.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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