San Marco’s basement stands on the mud of Rivoalto’s island and the legends about Venice history.
While the resizing of eastern Roman’s Empire at the beginning of IX century, the Dodge Giustiniano Partcipazio thought necessary to update those traditions acquired from that culture, in order to build up the people spirit of belonging to the Republic of Venice.
The sunset of Byzantine influence, pushed Venice on the search for Its identity, starting from the patron of the city.
St.Mark, already venerated by the population, perfectly matched this role, mirroring Venecian’s values and devotion.
The stolen treasure of Saint Mark
What the chronicles of the late 1400’s report is perhaps one of the most sensational attempts at theft in the history of Venice.
Before the arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte in Venice, the Treasures of Saint Mark held priceless valuables from all over the known world, and in 1494 a man thought that he could steal them.
This is the story of Stamati Crassiotti who devised a plan to steal the Treasure of Saint Mark.
Of the many petty thefts that occurred daily in Venice, Stamati probably thought that the risk he ran for his plan to work was pretty small compared to the prospect of a life lived in unbridled luxury that so many riches would have granted him.