The stolen treasure of Saint Mark

What the chronicles of the late 1400s 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.