whole island looks like a garden rather than a cemetery owing to its almost

Whole island looks like a garden rather than a

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whole island looks like a garden rather than a cemetery, owing to its almost magic and not at all gloomy environment. Touristic destinations are represented by the tombs of well-known people such us Sergej Djagilev, Igor Stravinskij and Ezra Pound. MAZZORBO It is a minor village which at present is unnoticed by the tourists going to Burano and Torcello. This island, inhabited by some hundreds of people is, in fact, connected to Burano by means of a long wooden bridge and almost everybody considers it as a part of the latter. Actually ‘Maiurbium’ – this is its Latin name – means ‘major town’ just for the important commercial function that long ago such island had. Though much narrower than it is nowadays, in the past it had five parishes and five monasteries: consider that the monasteries of the lagoon rarely were small suburban structures but they often were large buildings providing for the education of the Venetian nobles’ and patricians’ children; at the same time
84 84 Isole Minori they were keepers of of works of eminent artists, such as Paolo Veronese. Though the monasteries and palaces haven’t been resistant to the passing of time and the action of man (see Napoleone Bonaparte) something has escaped ruin: St. Caterina Church (Roman-Gothic of XIV century) and some Gothic style houses which are lined up along the main canal. A little curiosity: the belfry of the church contains the oldest bell in the lagoon, dating back to 1318. At present the island – saved from desertion – has got sport facilities and gardens; whereas most territory is cultivated.
86 86 TRAVELLING IN THE TASTE Venice is not only the Venetian symbol of Culture and Arts, but also the one of gastronomy. Venice cuisine comes from rural origins, but the trades with Far and Middle East, during the golden Age of the Repubblica have enriched the variety of its recipes. It can be said that Venice Republic played an important role for the enrichment not only in local cuisine but even in the european one, because after the fall of Byzantium, Venice became the Eastern Door. The most of european countries used to add spices in order to preserve the food, while Venice used spices to invent new dishes and new tastes. When venetian galleons come back home after a very long trip were full of salt, pepper, ginger, curcuma, candy and fresh nutmeg, galanga from India and even saffron from China: these spices unknown until that period were able to excite the fantasy of venetian cooks: in this way was born an art of cooking unique in the world.Venice acted for many centuries as “mediator of the Universe”, because it was a world market where you could find everything that was sendable in those years. The city had the trade monopoly on spices, taking advantage of western people’s desires. Venice became also the capital for sugar trading.

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