The Bianca Cappello's home in the San Polo district in VeniceHistorical Curiosities
The Bianca Cappello's home in the San Polo district in Venice
Close to the Rialto Market in San Polo, near the former St Aponal church there is a crooked bridge, also called 'Bianca Cappello', because it leads to the 16th century Cappello' palace, where Bianca was born, in 1548.
Famous for her beauty and refined skills, at only 15 years of age she ran away from her father's palace with a young Florentine who worked in the nearby Salviati bank (next to the Palace is in fact Banco Salviati street). On her Arrival in Florence and seeing that her husband had lied about the true extent of his wealth, the noble young woman tried in every way to return to Venice, but in vain. She was however, able to gain access to the Medici court and become the mistress of the heir to the throne, Francis I, who was married to an Austrian princess.
When the Grand Duke became a widower in 1578, he married Bianca who became the Grand Duchess. The beautiful Venetian was never loved in Florence and had a terrible enemy: Ferdinand, the brother of the Grand Duke, to ascend to the throne (Francesco had no male heir), in 1587 poisoned his brother and sister in law. The truth has been discovered only recently, thanks to modern scientific investigations on the remains of the two spouses.
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