The lazzaretti in Venice were the Venetian republic’s response to the emergency of the plague, and an efficient response too.
In 1793 a ship from Nauplia in Greece brought cheese and the black plague to Venice. Twelve persons died.
Venice is normally a crowded place, and that is how most people know it. What most people don’t realise, however, is that important elements of Venice and its history are actually outside the city, in the surrounding lagoon.
A photo gallery of some of the many photos I have from the island of Poveglia in the Venetian lagoon.
The island of Poveglia is now famous for ghost stories made up by American television. However, there’s a lot more to say about the island than fictitious stories of ghosts and crazy doctors.