Fiat Lux! Let there be light! The history of public lighting in Venice
Settore Cultura, Servizio Centro Culturale Candiani and Circuito Cinema - Comune di Venezia in partnership with Museo italiano della Ghisa e Archivio Fotografico Giacomelli
In Venice in the Middle Ages, you could pay a lantern-bearer, or còdega in Venetian, to accompany you at night and ward off thieves and evil spirits. Later, in 1128, under Doge Domenico Michiel, a few small lamps began to appear, placed on the walls of the houses and intended to burn all night so as to “give courage” to such wayfarers who were able to catch sight of them even from a distance. Venice, along with Turin, was one of the first cities to have an early form of public lighting. Since then, various technologies have illuminated the city: fire, oil, gas and electricity, but always shrouded in an aura of mystery and uniqueness. "Fiat Lux!" intends to narrate the origin and history of public lighting in Venice, both with texts and historical and contemporary photos.
The location of the event will be at the Candiani Cultural Center or at Forte Marghera.