The Doge's Procession in San Vio Square in VeniceLocal Traditions
The Doge's Procession in San Vio Square in Venice
15th June, the day when we celebrate St Vio (Vito in Italian), was a very important day for the Venice Republic. It was in fact when the discovery of the Plot of Baiamonte Tiepolo was celebrated, a conspiracy organized by some of the most influential families of the city, including the Querini, the Tiepolo and Badoer families, to overthrow the government of the Doge Gradenigo and establish a more popular government.
The plot was discovered just in time and the conspirators were exiled or executed: Baiamonte Tiepolo's house in Sant' Agostino was razed to the ground and the jambs of marble that decorated the portal were symbolically donated to the San Vio Church, to thank the saint for the averted danger.
Every year the Doge went in procession to the San Vio church to remember the event; the houses in front of the church, which looked out on the Grand Canal, were demolished to facilitate the docking of the Bucintoro, the ship of the Doge.
In 1808 the San Vio church was demolished and a small chapel (now deconsecrated and used as a private home was built in its place); marbles that decorate the facade of the house are still those of Baiamonte Tiepolo.
If you would like to discover an unusual Venice, away from the usual and busy tourist routes, you can rely on Francesca! A licensed guide in Venice with a great passion for her work, Francesca has worked with us for a long time arranging private and custom-made tours in Venice.
Venice: The Sacristy of the Church of St. Stephen's
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
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 graffiti of the ancient merchants on Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice
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
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'
In 2005 the film ‘Casanova' was shot in Venice, directed by Lasse Hallström and which starred the late Heath Ledger. Among the many ...View