Hidden treasures

Murder at the Venice Casino

Mysteries & Legends
Casino_Venezia

Murder at the Venice Casino

Loredan Vendramin Calergi Palace, home of the Venice Casino, is one of the most beautiful Renaissance style palaces on the Grand Canal.

The history of this building, however, is marred by a terrible crime, which took place within its walls in 1658.

At the beginning of the 1600s its owner, Vettor Calergi, having no heirs, left the palace to the three children of his sister, who had married a man from the Grimani family. These three brothers were bad people and during a night in 1658 they kidnapped Francesco Querini Stampalia, their arch enemy and brought him into the palace.

After a series of tortures, the prisoner was killed (according to tradition, mauled by a tiger), but the government of Venice discovered the crime and the three Grimani were banished forever from the territories of the Republic, and the wing where Querini had been murdered was demolished and in its place a column of infamy to remember the event was built.

However, in 1660 the three Grimani brothers managed to return to Venice, giving the Republic 7,350 ducats to support the war against the Turks and thus, and rebuilt the destroyed wing and everything was forgotten... The power of money!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Treviso: Roncade Castle

castello-roncade
Unknown places & works

For most visitors, including lovers of art, Veneto is the region of the Villas, fairy-tale holiday destinations and farmhouses, which h...

View

Venice: The head of an elderly woman at Corte del Teatro in San Luca

corte-teatro-san-luca
Unknown places & works

Behind the famous Teatro Goldoni in Venice, near the Grand Canal, there is a tiny Corte which is very hard to find... And hides several...

View

Vicenza: The bell tower of Thiene

Thiene_campanile
Unknown places & works

Among the numerous bell towers dotted around in Veneto, there is one that boasts a unique feature: it is the civic tower of Thiene - an...

View

Venice: The island of Saint Francis of the Desert in the Venice lagoon

San-Francesco-del-Deserto
Unknown places & works

If you are looking for a place to meditate, away from clamour, St. Francis of the Desert is an island that is right up your street! The...

View

Top posts

Verona: The jousts in the Verona Arena

arena-di-verona
Historical Curiosities

The Verona Arena is undoubtedly the symbol of the city in the Veneto region, and one of the most famous Roman monuments of Italy. All t...

View

Padua: The Museum of the History of Medicine in Padua

Museo-di-storia-della-Medicina
Unknown places & works

If you are tired of the usual museums filled with paintings and sculptures, you might find the Museum of the History of Medicine in Pad...

View

Treviso: The 'Barco' of Caterina Corner, Queen of Cyprus, in Altivole

barco-altivole
Big Names

One of the most charming figures of the history of Venice is certainly Catherine Corner, queen of Cyprus (1454-1510). At the age of 18,...

View

Venice: The Sirens and the lace from Burano in the Venice lagoon

merlettaie
Mysteries & Legends

The island of Burano island in the Venice lagoon is definitely a magical place: filled with small colourful houses, delicious cookies, ...

View