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Watches - Brief history of Time in Venice

On Thursday, March 9 at 6.00 p.m. the Hotel Saturnia & International will host clocks and watches experts Franco Nube and Francesco Zane, who will speak of the famous Venice watches.

How was the time in Venice set in the past centuries? If we raise our heads or we get in the churches and palaces, we can see a number of watches belonging to different eras and contexts. We already know some of them, or we think we know them well: the clock tower at Saint Mark’s square, the San Giacometto clock close to Rialto bridge, green street clocks installed in many places in the city; others like, the ancient Church of San Geremia, are much less known. But how do they work? Why are they there? Who installed them and when?

Two Venetian expert scholars will help us to satisfy our curiosity: Franco Nube, old watchmaker who has spent his life in his laboratory among the sophisticated mechanisms that mark the passage of time, also taking care of maintenance of the clock tower. Joining him, Francesco Zane, another great lover of antique watches, which has produced several publications. He was responsible for the restoration of the fourteenth-century clock kept in the Church of San Geremia.

The meeting will be introduced and coordinated by Leopoldo Pietragnoli, journalist and scholar of the history of Venice.

Free entrance - reservation required by March, 6 by email or at 041/5208377

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