Hidden treasures

The Bianca Cappello's home in the San Polo district in Venice

Historical Curiosities
Palazzo_Cappello

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.

Would you like to discover the most secret parts of Venice and the forgotten stories? Thanks to our tour Your Own Venice you can agree with the guide a customized tour itinerary to meet the darkest and most amazing side of this amazing city!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Verona: Villa Mosconi Bertani in Valpolicella

villa-mosconi-bertani
Historical Curiosities

If you are passionate about wine and history, you cannot miss out on a visit to Villa Mosconi Bertani in Valpolicella (province of Vero...

View

Venice: The Sacristy of the Church of St. Stephen's

sacrestia-santo-stefano
Unknown places & works

In one of the most beautiful and sunniest squares in Venice there stands the imposing Church of St. Stephen, erected at the behest of t...

View

Vicenza: The Bridge of the Alpini in Bassano del Grappa

Ponte-degli-Alpini-Bassano
Historical Curiosities

If you are passionate about bridges, you cannot miss out on a visit to the Bridge of the Alpini in Bassano del Grappa, in the Province ...

View

Venice: The boats of Venice’s Lagoon

barche-veneziane
Local Traditions

Those arriving in Venice for the first time often think that the famous gondolas are the only boats plying the city’s canals... In re...

View

Top posts

Verona: The Sigurtà Park in Valeggio sul Mincio

sigurtà
Unknown places & works

Sigurtà Garden Park is a 60 hectare-large natural park located in Valeggio sul Mincio, in the province of Verona, about 8 km from Pesc...

View

Venice: The graffiti of the ancient merchants on Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice

Fondaco_dei_Tedeschi
Historical Curiosities

Each building located along the Grand Canal has an amusing story or a mystery to tell... After having been the Post Office building for...

View

Padua: Padua, the Iliad, the Aeneid and Dante's Inferno

padova-antenore
Mysteries & Legends

What do the Italian city of Padua and Dante's Inferno have in common? Apparently nothing, but if you dig in the medieval legends you wi...

View

Venice: The Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice as the film set of 'Casanova'

Sala_Capitolo
Film Locations

In 2005 the film ‘Casanova' was shot in Venice, directed by Lasse Hallström and which starred the late Heath Ledger. Among the many ...

View