Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (/ˌmɒntɪˈvɛərdi/, also US: /-ˈvɜːrd-/, Italian: [ˈklaudjo monteˈverdi] (listen); baptized 15 May 1567 – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer, string player and choirmaster. Continue reading

Teatro di San Cassiano Opera House

The Teatro di San Cassiano opera house opened in Venice, Italy in 1637 Continue reading

Aldus Manutius

Aldus Pius Manutius (/məˈnjuːʃiəs/; Italian: Aldo Pio Manuzio; 1449/1452 – 6 February 1515) was an Italian humanist, scholar, educator, and the founder of the Aldine Press. Manutius devoted the later part of his life to publishing and disseminating rare texts.

Aldus Manutius Invented Typesetting Italics

Aldine Press of Venice, Italy, under the master printer Aldus Manutius printed the first pocket-sized book in 1501 using typesetting italics. Continue reading

Aldus Manutius Published First Editions of Greek Classics

Aldus Manutius was Italy's first important printer to publish the Greek classics in March 1495. Continue reading

First Elected Venetian Doge

Ursus was the first elected Doge of Venice following Venetian independence Continue reading

Marco Polo

Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant, explorer, and writer. His travels were recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde (Book of the Marvels of the World, aka The Travels of Marco Polo, c. 1300). Continue reading

Frozen Desserts Enjoyed by Ancient Romans

Ancient Romans first enjoyed frozen desserts after mixing fruit juice with mountain snow provided by runners. Continue reading

First Major Intercontinental Road was Silk Road (Route)

The Silk Road (route) was the first major intercontinental route that stretched 4,000 miles or (6,400 km) between China and Rome. Continue reading

First Lace factory

Venetian noblewoman, Duchess Morosina Morosini, set up the first Lace factory, while under the direction of Catina Gardin, in 1595. Continue reading