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The Rialto Bridge in Venice and the Doge's daughter

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The Rialto Bridge in Venice and the Doge's daughter

There are many stories and legends related to the famous Rialto bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice, but few people know the one that has as protagonist Estrella, the daughter of the Doge Angelo Partecipazio.

In 809 Venice was disputed between the Franks, led by Charlemagne's son Pippin, and the Byzantines, led by Commander Paul.

At that time, Venice was ruled by Doge Obelerio and the seat of government was located in the Malamocco Island, at the edge of the Venetian lagoon. During the contest, the Doge held an ambiguous behaviour, siding with the Byzantines after having supported the Franks, so Pipino conquered Malamocco and forced the Venetians to take refuge in the Rialto islands.

Estrella, the daughter of Angelo Partecipazio, head of the pro-Byzantine faction, went to Malamocco on a gondola in order to convince Pipino not to chase the Venetians to Rialto. Despite her beauty and grace, the girl was unable to convince Pipino... However, his stubbornness cost him dear: the dam he had built to launch his assault troops against the enemy was submerged by the high tide and the Franks had to retreat (also due to the arrival of a Byzantine fleet).

While the fleet in Rialto was cheering Angelo Partecipazio as the new Doge, Estrella landed in Rialto among the shouts of the victors: a stone, thrown by mistake from a catapult, struck the boat and the girl disappeared in the waves. Now the Rialto Bridge stands at the point where she disappeared.

In our section 'Hidden Treasures' you will find many other legends of Venice ... The author of our post is a licensed tour guide in Venice who, on request, organizes exclusive private visits to Venice among legends, mysteries and curiosities!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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