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Discovering Antonio Vivaldi with online tours

Can you hear the echo of Baroque music still today? Antonio Vivaldi is one of the most famous composers in history and lived mainly in the beautiful Venice of 1600-1700, in a city that was the hub of art in those years.

1.Brief historical notes

Vivaldi was born in Venice in 1678, at the beginning of his life he studied to become a priest, never forgetting his passion for music, especially for the violin. He begins composing very early, creating a large cultural background. In fact, he has more than 500 works of him, but nowadays he is best known for La Primavera. He is not only a skilled musician, but an excellent businessman. His concerts are sold for gold and, thanks to his skill, he manages to raise a nice nest egg. Yet, he will eventually die in poverty and, like many Baroque composers, his name will fall into oblivion. He will only be rediscovered in the 20th century, and will become one of the most famous composers in the world, and the Four Seasons of him also known by those who do not know Baroque music.

2. The places dedicated to him

2.1 Baptismal font in the Church of San Giovanni in Bragora

This church, which is located in Venice and more precisely in the Castello district, still has the baptismal font where, on May 6, 1678, Antonio Vivaldi was baptized. In addition to a painting of his and a copy of his birth certificate, the Church also features excellent examples of Venetian painting. We refer you to this page for more information about the Church of San Giovanni in Bragora.

2.2 The Olympic Theater of Vicenza

In this splendid Vicenza theater, built by Andrea Palladio in 1580, the year of his death, to be concluded in 1584 thanks to his notes. Here Vivaldi, in 1713, staged his first theatrical work: Ottone in Villa, which prompted him to create other works. A game of perspectives never seen before, where shows are still staged today. In 2020, on the occasion of Vicenza in lyric, another work by Vivaldi was performed, namely the Olimpiade. For even more information, we leave you the website of the Olympic Theater.

2.3 Schloss Belvedere in Vienna

It was in Vienna that Antonio Vivaldi died, about a month after his arrival, in 1724. Full of debt up to his neck, he also knocked on the doors of the Schloss Berlvedere, but no one wanted to have anything to do with that now penniless composer . Built to serve as the residence of the then Prince Eugene of Savoy, the palace is an example of Baroque architecture and its façade is amazed by the attention to detail and the magnificence that shines through every brick. Inside it now houses an art exhibition and you can discover it on their official website.

A real royal residence, which however did not give help to Antonio Vivaldi, who, after numerous doors in his face, died penniless.

3. Our Virtual Tour

If your thirst for knowledge and inspiration is great, to explore these and other places in the life of Antonio Vivaldi, we refer you to our virtual tour dedicated to him. Through his stories, you will be led along the places of his life, and you will discover a side of him that you did not know yet. Explore the 360 ​​images of each stage, let yourself be inspired by his words and set off on a one-of-a-kind journey.

4. Curiosity

Antonio Vialdi was called The Red Priest, because of his studies as a clergyman and, above all, because of his thick red hair. For this and other curiosities about composers, read here.

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