In memory of a Venetian patriot

Daniele Manin and the Hotel San Fantin, Venice
Hotel San Fantin
In the Campiello Marinoni, a stone's throw from the Teatro La Fenice, stands a curious building, its walls decorated with cannons and cannonballs.

It was the creation of the engineer Carlo Ruffini, who built it in 1869 as a memorial to the dramatic events that had taken place in the city two decades earlier.
Daniele Manin, Campo Manin, Venice
Daniele Manin
On March 22nd, 1848, the so-called year of revolutions, Venice threw off the yoke of Austrian rule and declared itself, once more, an independent republic. The leader of the revolt was Daniele Manin, a Venetian lawyer and patriot. The Austrians did not take kindly to the insurrection and retaliated with force.
Venice held out for over a year until on August 24th, 1849, the city surrendered. 

Manin went into exile and spent the last years of his life teaching Italian in Paris. He died in exile in 1857. Less than a decade later, in 1866, Austrian rule of Venice came to an end and la Serenissima voted to join the fledgling Kingdom of Italy.

Manin is one of the few Venetians to be honoured in the city of his birth with a statue.


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