Palazzo Loredan Robbed: On December 27, police discovered that nearly $2MM worth of furniture, antique glass, jewelry, ceramics and paintings were snatched from Palazzo Loredan on the Canal Grande in Dorsoduro. The palazzo’s owners, the Gaggia family, were spending Christmas at their country home near Belluno when the burglary occurred. The loot – quite bulky – is presumed to have been spirited away by boat. Police speculate that the thieves knew the Gaggia’s habits well. No sign of forced entry was found. As yet, there are no hot leads, though possible witnesses have been questioned.
Toddler plunge: A 4-year-old German child fell into the Rio Novo after slipping between the pilasters on a bridge. A boatsman was nearby and plucked the toddler out of the drink, whereupon it was hustled off to Da Ivano restaurant and dried off. Comment: This is my nightmare … I have a 4 and 2 year old … we’ve discussed leash technology.
New Year’s Tourism Down: In past years, the tendency was for New Year’s revelers to stay a few days in Venice after the 1st. Not this year, according to the hotel association. Not only that, but there was a 20% vacancy rate (considered high), and more action at the lower-priced 2-star hotels.
Shopping Madness Begins Early: The annual season for “saldi”, or shopping sales, commenced yesterday in Venice, as throughout the Veneto, four days early this year. Small lines of bargain hunters were seen outside some of the hotter shops in the city.