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What happened on April 18 in Venice

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What happened on April 18 in Venice

According to the Venetian Liturgical Calendar, today is San Perfetto’s Day.

 

- April 18, 1001: Doge Pietro Orseolo II secretly meets Emperor Otto III at night, who arrived from Pomposa accompanied by the Venetian deacon Giovanni, author of the famous Cronaca.

 

- April 18, 1766: the Onigo Theater in Treviso opens to the public, enlarged on a project by the famous architect Galli Bibbiena, the inaugural show is the musical opera 'Il Demofoonte' with a libretto by Pietro Metastasio.

 

- April 18, 1797: with the Preliminaries of the treaty between France and Austria signed in the castle of Leoben, in Styria, Napoleon exchanges the Republic of Venice, which is about to revolt, with Belgium and Flanders.

 

- April 18, 1839: premiere of the opera 'Marin Faliero' at the Teatro di S. Beneto in Venice, with music by Gaetano Donizetti and libretto by Emanuele Bidera; music critics write: 'Despite the beauty of the music, the outcome was not the most splendid', the librettist has altered the story by throwing a 'dark light' on the ancient Venetian government and they regret that the protagonist has made the figure of the Doge 'clumsy, faltering, comical'.

 

- April 18, 1848: the government of Daniele Manin announces that the Swiss Federal Directory has expressed the official recognition of the new Venetian Republic.

 

- April 18, 2004: the Massimiliana Tower is inaugurated in Sant'Erasmo after major restorations. The tower was part of the defensive system of the Lagoon, as in the first half of the 19th century, since the outer dams of the Lido did not yet exist, Sant'Erasmo was directly on the Adriatic Sea. The tower is a type of artillery casemates of the Austrian Empire, designed by Archduke Maximilian Giuseppe d'Austria-Este (hence the name), the lagoon tower was used until the end of the Second World War, even by the Germans, who in April ‘45, damaged it with explosives when they abandoned ir, leaving it in ruins until it was restored in 2004.

 

Taken from 'Almanacco di Venezia -1600 anni ab Urbe còndita' by Andrea Gersich and Edoardo Rubini

 

Venice, 18th April 2021

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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