The pincia is the tasty traditional Venetian bread pudding that typically uses stale bread, sometimes polenta, dried fruits, nuts and spices including cinnamon or nutmeg! This dish is usually served over the Christmas holidays.
Vivaldi was “maestro dei concerti” at the Ospedale della Pieta where he started teaching the violin in the early 18th century at the orphanage. The museum behind the building is open by appointment only, and costs a mere 3 euros to enter! If you are in Venice on a Monday or Wednesday, be sure to include visiting this lovely museum in your list of things to do for the day.
The Vivaldi Museum has many original documents and music sheets on display for its visitors to admire as well as learn more about the history of the Pieta Orphanage. Be sure to take an appointment as it is not open to the public full time!
Much of Constantinople was vandalized and looted by the Venetian and West European Crusaders in 1204 during the Fourth Crusade, known as the “Siege of Constantinople”. The Venetians had their revenge because of an incident in 1182 regarding the massacre of the Roman Catholics who were living in the Byzantine Empire.
The city of Venice was involved in the Crusades War during the High Middle Ages Period until the Late Middle Ages. In the 12th century, just after the First Crusade, the “Siege of Sidon” took place with the help of the Doge of Venice at the time, Ordelafo Faliero. Norway and Jerusalem captured the cities of Syria by the coast with the assistance of the fleet of 200 Venetian ships.