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What happened on April 4 in Venice

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What happened on April 4 in Venice

According to the Venetian Liturgical Calendar, today is St. Isidore of Seville’s Day.

He is the Patron Saint of the Art of Segadori de l'Arsenal.

In 2021 it’s EASTER SUNDAY.

Visit of the Doge to San Zaccaria, where he would bring the Ducal Horn with him, in memory of the first one donated by the Nuns of San Zaccaria.

 

- April 4, 1423: Doge Tommaso Mocenigo dies aged eighty, and remains famous for his spiritual testament in which he describes in detail the prosperous conditions of the Republic, the number of its ships, the flourish money and trade activities of the Serenissima and he advised against the appointment of Francesco Foscari as his successor, considering him a fatuous, ambitious and war-prone man, nor should his famous recommendation be forgotten: 'Vardè el mar e lassè la terra!'.

 

-April 4, 1536: Marin Sanudo, the chronicler belonging to the Veneto Patriziato, dies in Venice; he called himself 'Afamato curioso di notizie', and as such he collects a large library of manuscript books to expand his historical studies. He was the author of "Itinerary for the Venetian mainland", the result of direct observations; a 'Life of the Doges', from its origins to 1494, and the Diaries, the work that made his name famous. Started on January 1, 1496, written day by day 'with effort, sweat, vigils and continuous investigations after having seen, understood and heard the truth not only of this city but of the whole world', the Diaries cover the time until September 30, 1533. The original manuscript consists of 58 large volumes, with about 40,000 pages written in plain but expressive prose. The best eulogy to Sanudo's precious work was written by himself: "No writer will ever do a good thing in modern histories if he doesn't see my daily diaries first." Taken away by Austria in 1805, Sanudo’s Diaries were returned to Venice in 1866: they are kept in St Mark’s Library.

 

- April 4, 1617: the sacred image of the Madonna Nicopeia is solemnly raised on the new altar of St Mark’s Basilica.

 

- April 4, 1806: the scholar Carlo Gozzi, Gaspare's younger brother, dies in Venice, he used to say: 'My family is a hospital of poets'. His numerous dramatic tales enjoyed great success among German romantics. Marfisa bizzarra is a satirical poem against the customs of the eighteenth century; Memorie Inutili is a witty and colorful autobiography; Augellin belverde satirizes French rationalism and Turandot inspires the homonymous work by Giacomo Puccini.

 

- April 4, 1873: the Lagoon Navigation Venetian Society is established in Venice; according to the statute: 'The main purpose of the society is the exercise of steam navigation in and out of Venice'In 1890 it took over from the French company "Compagnie des bateaux Omnibus" which had inaugurated the Vaporetti service (there were 8) along the Canal Grande, then in 1903 the Municipality took direct control of the service through A.C.N.I. (Azienda Comunale di Navigazione Interna) which will later become A.C.N.I.L. (Azienda Comunale Navigazione Interna Lagunare) on January 1, 1930. Finally, on October 1, 1978, by merging various companies (ACNIL SVET and SVA), the current A.C.T.V. (Azienda del Consorzio Trasporto Veneziano) was founded.

 

- April 4, 1932: Compagnia Adriatica di Navigazione is founded, following the merger of several pre-existing companies, including San Marco, Puglia, Zaratina. The initial fleet was comprised of 33 ships, and the chosen symbol was the Lion of St Mark’s on a white/red background (the colors of Bari), the headquarters were in Campo San Luca. In 1936 it was transformed into Società Adriatica, the headquarters were moved to the Zattere in Palazzo Molin. In 2004 it was fully merged into Tirrenia.

 

 

 

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

 

Venice, 4th April 2021

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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