Numerous artworks remember the important intermediary role of Venice during the peace negotiations between Pope Alexander III and Frederick I. Barbarossa, but did you know that the pope lived at first unrecognized in the city?
The first night in Venice
It’s under the sotoportego de la Madona that the legendary pope is said to have passed his first night in Venice on his flight from the imperial spies. He then continued working another six months “undercover” in the kitchen of the Convent Santa Maria della Carità (today known as the Accademia Gallery) when his true identity was discovered and revealed by a French monk.
Thanks to the Doge Sebastiano Zani the peace treaty between Pope Alexander III and Frederick I was signed in 1177. The pope thanked Venice for its help with commercial privileges and, amongst others, a ring that still plays an important role in one of the most important festivities of the city on the water: the Festa della Sensa.
You recognize the sotoportego thanks to a wooden panel and a tiny statue (of the Madonna and the pope) that remember the first night of the pope under this sotoportego. Next to the sotoportego you find the Calle del Perdon and a cross carved into stone at the very beginning and at the end of this calle: Pope Alexander III decided that everyone who would recite a Pater Noster and an Ave Maria in this Calle (walking between this two crosses) would receive eternal indulgence.
Piacere, mi chiamo Beatrice!
I grew up in the heart of the Alps, in Innsbruck, and decided in 2012 to move from the snowy Tyrolean peaks to the Venetian lagoon.
The travel-bug bit me during an Erasmus stay in France and so I decided after my University studies to start a backpack adventure through Canada.
After one year I said “good bye” to the American continent and moved to Venice (What you do for love!) and searched for a possibility to combine my passion for languages, travelling, culture and reading.
The solution? Four years ago I passed the governmental exam here in Italy to become a licensed tour leader and then a tour guide. Since then I’m guiding visitors through this fascinating city.