A feature film to tell the traces left by the Serenissima over the Mediterranean on occasion of its 1600 years of history

14 December 2021

From Istria to Dalmatia, from Cyclades to Cyprus, to the hinterland of the Friuli and Lombardy. Many places prove the glorious Venetian supremacy, both by sea and by land, 1600 years after the foundation of the city.
In order to retrace and discover the traces of the Serenissima hidden in the architecture, in culture, and in gastronomic traditions belonging to the cities dominated by Venice during its empire. Then,  Belle Époque Film decided to realise a feature film,  Il Leone di Venezia sul Mediterraneo (The Lion of Venice over the Mediterranean Sea). The film travels through again the sea and overland routs belonging to the Serenissima. The whole history is told by a voice-over, by showing the Venetian maritime power passing different cities along the Mediterranean, from Italy, to Slovenia, to Croatia, to Montenegro, to Albania, to Greece, to Turkey, and to Cyprus.

The film is entirely realised by the directors undertaking personally this long journey, so as to prove the Venetian passage through the Mediterranean. Therefore, they decided to show people the result of this work, produced in 2005.

The documentary is organised in 7 episodes, lasting 10/15 minutes each. They will be published from December 10 every ten days, until February 10 on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/tizianobiasioli) and on the website www.leonevenezia.eu.
Not only architecture and art, but also spoken language and everyday life showing the traces of the Venetian domination over the Mediterranean. For example, traditional Venetian recipes are still present in numerous cities once dominated by the Serenissima. Just thinking about the salted codfish which is still prepared by adopting the same preparation in the two Adriatic shores.

Il Leone di Venezia sul Mediterraneo is a review concerning art, culture, civil architecture, religion, and military under the wing of the Lion of St. Mark. This fact demonstrates that the Mediterranean is a sea able to connect and not to divide people. Indeed, it carries out important evidence about the history of Venice within the cultural, historical, artistic, and linguistic (dialects) substratum of all cities which have been in touch with its long domination.