Palazzo Ca’ Dario
The House that kills
Its spectacular marble staircases and the formidable asymmetrical facade will probably mislead you. Palazzo Ca Dario was written about by John Ruskin, and immortalized by Monet and it is in fact a truly remarcable Palazzo on Venice’s Grand Canal.
However, this palace is sadly known also for its bloody fame. Since 1494 Ca’ Dario witnessed mayhem, lost fortunes, and disgrace: several of its owners died in tragic circumstances..
The last owner has been Raul Gardini, died suicidal in 1993, and since then no one else owned the palace.
Could it have something to do with the Gothic marble-encrusted all-seeing oculi windows that compose the formidable facade?
St. Mark’s Baker
Around 1507 the baker Piero Tasca found a noble on the ground, daggered to death. Wrongly accused for his murder, the poor baker was tortured and forced to confess a crime he hadn’t committed. He was therefore sentenced to death, but after two weeks since the execution the actual murderer confessed.
Since this sad fact the judges were always reminded by the formula “Recordève del poaro fornareto” (= remember the poor baker) before sentencing someone to death, in order to be sure not to make such a tragic mistake again.
Really! This sentence is still in use (for sure my granma does!!)
St. Mark’s Rosebud
Every year, on the 25th of April, in St Mark’s square there is the Bocolo (= rosebud) celebration. Venetian men give a rosebud to their beloved ones, but where does this tradition come from? The legend says that Maria, the Doge’s daughter, was in love with Tancredi, but their relationship wasn’t approved by the Doge. To prove his valour, Tancredi decided (under Maria’s request) to go fight the Arabs in Spain with Carl Magnuns army.
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