Italy has a long history of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Vesuvius erupted in AD 79 and engulfed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum
Venice was a port city – a cosmopolitan city, known for tolerance, every winter in the days leading up to Lent, the Venetians held a series of parties and balls. These events became grander and grander with every passing year. Costumes were elaborate and masks were essential. The idea of a ‘masked ball’ originated in Venice, a city known for spectacle, ceremony and drama. In the days of ‘Carnevale’ you could be whoever you wanted to be.
Venice – the story of Tobias and the Angel, by artist Antonio Guardi – a popular bible story in the 15th century.
Paolo Pelosin – paper maker in Venice – Paolo Pelosin runs Il Pavone – high quality hand made paper products in historic Venice. Next time you are passing pop in and make a purchase.
Maps are a rich source of information including history, geography and landscape. To study a map carefully is to learn about a region or an area before setting foot in it.