Two years before

Monday, August 21st, 2023

Two years before Antonio Vivaldi's birth, his parents, Giovanni Battista and Camilla Calicchio were married, as recorded in the Marriage Register kept by the Bragora Church. On Sunday 29 November 1676 Gabriela Antonia, the couple's eldest child, was born, but died 18 months later. Two 'curiosities'. The first testifies that Camilla was already pregnant at the time of the wedding, which explains the 'hurried' ceremony not in the church of their parish, but at Giudecca. The second: one of the two witnesses, the gondolier Andrea Vedova, was nicknamed 'Tremamondo' ("the world trembles"), almost as if to anticipate the earthquake that saw the birth of the Red Priest.

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