This week my students have been studying various empires in their World History class. I’ve been trying to help them prepare for a test (I’m an academic resource counselor besides being an English teacher), and they’ve had all these names like Busbecq and Ottoman and Kublai Khan. But you know how people are generally only interested in the things that connect to themselves? Well, all I could think about was Marco Polo, the Venetian explorer who traveled to and through those lands. I wonder if he’s on their test?
The photos show Polo’s former house in Venice, which is now the Teatro Malibran, with its two entrances. It’s water-side entrance, with the white facade, faces Palazzo Bragadin, where Casanova used to live. Its land entrance, with the yellow facade, faces an apartment where Casanova used to live. So you can see why I care.