A couple of updates

Some of you may recall this post, from ‘way back in February. I was supposed to let you know if I was able to see the “column of infamy”.


After many visits, emails and phone calls to the office of the Director of MUVE  (Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia), I was given permission by Doctor Tonini to see the column, in the Ducal Palace.

At 10 on the appointed morning, which was just 3 days before I was leaving Venice to return home, I was met by a custodian of the Palace and escorted up stairs, down stairs, through passages and locked doors until we finally reached the magazzino where this relic of history (and lots of other tempting artifacts) were stored. I wish you could see the huge key he used to open the door of the treasure trove!

Tucked away into a dusty corner, not looking at all important, we finally found what is left of the column. It was about a metre high, with steel reinforcing beams visible. The side with the inscription was facing the wall, unfortunately, but what I could see was very faint and worn. I was so aware of the privilege I had been granted to be able to see this column I’d only read about. I hope one day it will be restored, and placed back into the Campo Sant’Agostin.

My only regret is that I was not allowed to take a photo to share with you. But, I have the image of the column in my mind’s eye: that can’t be taken from me.

The other subject is much closer to home, and I’m free to take photos whenever I want to. I have to report that absolutely nothing is happening to this little pupa, but I don’t know how long it should be before the little creature emerges. Is the insect dead? Am I too impatient?







Filed under Atherton, Venice

11 responses to “A couple of updates

  1. You did it! Congratulations, Yvonne. Talk about perseverance! Such a shame that you were not allowed to take a photo. But having the image of the column in your mind’s eye is all that matters. Thanks so much for sharing this delicious mystery. ~Terri


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  3. That’s amazing Yvonne!!! Thanks for sharing the story with us. I wish I had your perseverance : )
    Have a nice day!


  4. Nobody can take it from you and you are the only person I know who got to see it. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.


    • Daniel, it ranks very high in the many wonderful adventures I’ve been so lucky to have in Venice. Doctor Tonini was most gracious in allowing me this privilege.


  5. Read the original post, Darlene, the first link in this post, to refresh your memory.


  6. How long has it been since you first discovered the little pupa? From the date on the post not quite a month. Not knowing what it is (which moth or butterfly) Google won’t let me look up how long it should take. I still suggest taking the picture to your local agricultural extension and see if they can identify it.
    Aren’t those memories in the mind’s eye wonderful….even though you can’t share them?


  7. More! More! Why is it the column of infamy??????


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