Cold Venice and the frozen lagoonHistorical Curiosities
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 Fondazione Querini Stampalia is the only example in Venice of a noble Venetian Palace which has preserved its art collection and its library over the centuries. Moreover, it offers a fascinating mix of ancient and contemporary art and architecture thanks to the recent restorations that have involved great figures, such as Renzo Piano and Mario Botta. Have we intrigued you? Visit the Querini Stampalia Museum, it is one of the places not to be missed for those wishing to experience the real Venice!
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