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The view of a Venetian festival

How did the Venetians celebrate the "San Pietro di Castello" festival in 1700? Honestly, I do not know.
The festival on the small island has been taking place at least since 1758, the date on which the painter Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto, represented its folklore. When Canaletto painted his painting about it, the scene was most likely depicted from the other side of the bridge, which connected the island with the land as nowadays. He painted the scene with some moored boats, many people engaged in chatting and an awning in front of the Basilica, similar to the current ones (although smaller) where people usually can get typical food for the occasion. Probably the atmosphere in the past was more formal than now. When I went there it was not formal at all. Although in the past there were certainly no platforms (or maybe yes), electrical fryers and plastic plates, was there fried fish as tradition requires at least? Well, of course there was plenty of wine and music.
Okay, this is the current celebration version.

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