/ Monday, September 17th, 2007
  • The Italy pavilion is inspired by the romantic city of Venice, Italy . Architectural elements of the city are found in the reproductions of the Campanile tower and Doge’s Palace. There is an open air market surrounded by olive trees, kumquat trees, citrus and Mediterranean plant life. There are also Ventian-style bridges, sculptures, and gondolas on the lagoon, all accompanied by soft music playing in the background.
  • The 83-foot bell tower in the World Showcase’s Italy pavilion is an authentic replica of the original Campanile in St. Mark’s Square in Italy. The angel atop the bell tower was created used a model of the original and, also like the original, is covered with real gold leaf. Unlike the angel in Venice , however, the Epcot version is also topped with a lightning rod.
  • The placement of Doge’s Palace and the Campanile of St. Mark in the Italy pavilion are reversed from where they actually stand in St. Mark’s Square in Venice . Both the Palace and Campanile are exact 1/4 scale replicas of the original buildings.
  • The Piazza San Marco in Venice is dominated by the city’s most important historical sights – the Doge’s Palace and the Campanile.
  • The Campanile is, by far, the tallest building in the city of Venice . From the top of the bell tower, you can enjoy incredible views of Venice , the lagoon and the peaks of the Alps . Originally the Campanile was built as a lighthouse to assist navigation in the lagoon. It was from the top of the Campanile that Galileo demonstrated how his telescope worked to the Doge in 1609. However, on July 14, 1902, the foundation gave way and the Campanile collapsed. The structure was rebuilt on the original spot exactly as it was
  • The original Doge’s Palace in Venice, Italy was constructed between 1309 and 1424, and was designed by Giovanni and Bartolomeo Buon. It was, at one time, the seat of government, the Palace of Justice and the home of the Doge of the Republic of Venice . The "Doge" was title of the leader of Venice . Doge’s ruled from 697 A.D. until about 1789 A.D.
  • Located in the central plaza of the Italy pavilion, known as the "Plaza del Teatro," you can find the "Fontana de Nettuno." This fountain contains the image of Neptune, the God of the Sea, and was inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Fountain of Trevi, located in Rome, Italy. The original famous fountain is often recognized as having been seen in Federico Fellini’s classic film, "La Dolce Vita."
  • According to the menu in L’Originale Alfredo di Roma, Thomas Jefferson brought spaghetti to the United States in 1786. Although Thomas Jefferson brought in a copper pasta maker and regular shipments of noodles from Italy , commercial production didn’t begin in the U.S. until the mid-1800s, and its popularity wasn’t fully established until the turn of the century. Oh, and if you want the best fettucine Alfredo this side of Florence , the Pasticceria can’t be beat. It’s the house’s signature dish. Buon appetito!
  • You may see Pinocchio show in Italy with Gepetto, and the two may even break into song, (sung in Italian, of course). It makes sense, since Pinocchio was written by Tuscan writer Carlo Lorenzini (under the pen name of C. Collodi), and was first published in Rome in 1881. Actually, Pinocchio in Italian means "pine eyes." (Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy )
  • If you’re not a fan of "traditional" classical music, you may have been tempted to make a run for the hills when you saw the costumed trio prepare for their performance outside the Italy pavilion. Well, if you did, you missed something extraordinary.
  • "Nova Era" performs classical music with a modern twist. They feature original and well-known classical pieces from Bach, Vivaldi and other great composers. However, these timeless pieces are custom arranged and supported by Techno, New Age, and dance beats, which clearly set their distinctive sounds apart from anything else you have ever heard, and their performances are both visually and musically captivating. The trio includes a dynamic Oboe, seductive Violin and a tranquil Cello, and is backed by a high-energy rhythm section, consisting of drums, percussion, electric bass and keyboard.
  • Nova Era performed at Italy pavilion of World Showcase from September, 1999 until September, 2000. They have since gone on to perform for corporate events, and public venues around the world.
  • One of the statues on top of the columns at the square’s entrance shows Theodore and the Dragon. The other statue is of the Lion of St Mark, protector of the city of Venice.