Calle Larga XXII Marzo in VeniceHistorical Curiosities
Calle Larga XXII Marzo in Venice
Calle Larga XXII Marzo near St Mark's Square is the preferred street by lovers for luxury shopping, as it boasts the most important boutiques of Venice. Its name is linked to a very significant date in the history of the city: March 22, 1848. For many years the city of Venice was under the strongly anti-liberal Austrian rule.
On March 22 the Venetian people revolted, demanding the release of two patriots, Daniele Manin and Niccolò Tommaseo - the Austrians were expelled from the city and Venice was proclaimed again a Republic, with President Manin. The rebellion was, however, quite unfortunate, because just 16 months after the Austrians took the city by starvation and the Venetians, besieged by land and sea, were forced to surrender.
Nevertheless, the expulsion of the Austrians on 22 March 1848 was fundamental to the cultural renaissance of Venice, bringing its annexation to the Kingdom of Italy in 1867. So in 1881 the old Calle San Moise (because it led to the nearby church of San Moise), became Calle Larga XXII Marzo, when the ancient street was widened by demolishing several old buildings.
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