Hidden treasures

The Fontego Megio (Depot of the millet) on the Grand Canal in Venice

Historical Curiosities
Fontego_del_megio_Venice

The Fontego Megio (Depot of the millet) on the Grand Canal in Venice

Food has always been a very important issue for every government and even the ancient Republic of Venice had to deal with it on a constant basis.
 
The Venetian State was always concerned with supplying the population with bread, even during time of famine, and this created the need for special deposits, called Fonteghi, to store foodstuffs.
 
On the Grand Canal, for example, in front of the Casino of Venice, there is the Fontego Megio; it was built in the 1400s for storing grains (mainly millet) and served as a reserve for any food crises that could also lead to social unrest. Documents show that in 1559 there was a terrible shortage of flour and the population, hungry and angry, began to assault the bakers. Fortunately the government of the Republic of Venice, having carefully stowed the grain in the warehouse, opened its doors to avoid the worst!
 
The building, given its practical function, is rather simple in brickwork, with three portals, slightly backward to make it easy to load and unload the grain. Nowadays it is no longer used to store grain, but instead it is used as a primary school.
 
Are you passionate about anecdotes, curiosities and mysteries of Venice? Thanks to Francesca, the editor of our section and licensed guide, you can organize the most unusual and curious tour itinerary dedicated to the city on water. Contact us now for the availability of our brilliant guide!
 
By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Padua: Jacopo Marcello, the Captain who shouldn’t have died

ca-marcello
Big Names

Ca’ Marcello in Piombino Dese, Italy is a beautiful eighteenth-century Venetian villa still inhabited today by the Marcello Counts, a...

View

Venice: What’s the traditional Redentore food?

sarde-saor
Local Traditions

The number one traditional celebration, celebrated every year the third weekend of July, Redentore gives thanks for the end of the terr...

View

Venice: The village of Dolo and its inhabitants

Dolo
Figures of speech

In the province of Venice there is a small village, Dolo, which doesn’t have a great reputation... The dialect expression ‘Ma te vi...

View

Venice: The crypt of the church of San Simeone Piccolo

san-simeone-piccolo-venezia
Unknown places & works

As soon as you leave the train station in Venice, you will see the imposing dome of the church of San Simeone Piccolo, renovated in the...

View

Top posts

Padua: Prato della Valle in Padua

prato-della-valle
Historical Curiosities

Probably only the inhabitants of Padua and a few other people know of a particular record their city is boasting about: having the larg...

View

Treviso: Castelbrando in Cison di Valmarino

castelbrando
Unknown places & works

The province of Treviso offers its visitors many places steeped in history and imbued with charm ... One of these is definitely Castelb...

View

Venice: The tomb of Antonio Canova in the Frari Cathedral in Venice

Tomba_Canova
Mysteries & Legends

When visiting the splendid Frari Cathedral in Venice a pyramid can be seen in front of the church… Why is such a ...

View

Venice: The Empress Sissi in Venice

Sissi
Big Names

The Empress Sissi (1837-18989), the wife of Austria Emperor Francesco Giuseppe of Habsburg, has remained in the collective imagination ...

View