HIDDEN TREASURES

Anecdotes and Curiosities about Venice and other cities in Veneto: history, secrets and legends

Discover a different side of this wonderful Italian region

Hidden Treasures is a weekly column on venetoinside.com dedicated to those who wish to learn about legends, secrets and mysteries of the lesser-known sights of Venice as well as off-the-beaten track locations, amusing anecdotes related to the other main cities - Verona, Vicenza, Padova, Treviso and Belluno – and the picturesque towns of our region.

Our stories aim to accompany you in the discovery of the most interesting aspects of Venice and Veneto related to history and folklore, mysterious places and famous works of art, monuments and ancient traditions! We will reveal the hidden treasures of Venice that make up the most mysterious and fascinating character of the city as well as the mysteries of the lagoon and original tales, all based on a foundation of historical fact, without forgetting the intriguing anecdotes on the other pearls of Veneto, such as Treviso, Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Belluno, picturesque villages, the awe-inspiring Dolomites, Lake Garda... Week after week we will disclose the most captivating secrets of our land combining art, culture, tradition, mystery and legend!

Hidden Treasures is a true tourist guide to the secrets and mysteries of Venice and Veneto ... Make yourself comfortable! Exciting reading awaits you with stories and legends never told before which will excite your curiosity and encourage you to visit the places you will learn about...

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The Historical Regatta and Women in Venice

The Grand Canal in Venice has witnessed numerous regattas since the 1300s, and since then there have been scheduled races for women. If you visit the Querini Stampalia Fondation Museum in Venice there is a room which hosts more than forty pictures, by Gabriel Bella (1790), that show several scenes of Venetian life, including a race of women. The scene takes place near the Basilica della Salute, in front of St Mark's Square, and you can see a procession of gondolas with felze, the old coverage of these vessels, and the coloured peote, used by sailors; in the lower left corner you can also see the Bissona boat of the jury (an 8 oar, carved and decorated rowing boat). The palaces on the Grand Canal are decorated with carpets, curtains and drapes for the festival. Among the various boats there are also two ballottine, so called because they were used for hunting waterfowl in the lagoon, hitting it with slingshots (ballotta in Venetian means in fact ball). The ballottine served as the security service during the races: those who did not obey the injunction to make way to the competitors were hit with the slingshot. If you are interested in history, traditions and culture of Venice in the past, the House Museum Querini Stampalia is the place you are looking for... This unusual museum, which is still little known but very charming, will let you enjoy the everyday life and privacy of one of the greatest dynisties of the Serenissima, the Querini family. It is one of the favourite museum by the Venetian people, the perfect place to experience an intimate visit far away from the mass tourism that has already swarmed Venice.

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