Da Romano, the home of artists and painters
Burano, island of fishermen and lace makers was an island off from the world at the end of 800.
There were no steamboats in those days, and people moved with paddle boats.
The first painters arrived thanks to the Biennale in Venice.
This major event was organized in 1895 to celebrate the 25th year of marriage of Queen Margherita and King Umberto.
So Venice became a magnet for painters, artists and cultural movements.
The selection to participate was strict and many young artists were discarded to give more opportunities to already famous names. So many of these “waste” leaved a classic and formal Venice and they discovered Burano, a virgin area, characterized by enchanted atmospheres and magical sunsets.
Romano has always been a lover of art, so he immediately welcomed these young artists, feeding them with “what was there,” as he used to say, becoming in a short time confidante and friend.
One of them, to return the favour, for his great hospitality and welcome, gave him a picture to hang on the walls of the restaurant. Soon the room was filled with paintings, they are now about 450 “hung on the walls such as stamps in an album”
We recall Mario Vellani Marchi, Umberto Maggioli, Felice Carena, Guido Tallone, Umberto Lilloni, Arturo Martini, Filippo De Pisis, Ugo Valeri, Giudo Cadorin, Anselmo Bucci, Juri Ravenna, Ardengo Soffici, Beppe Ciardi, Giuseppe Novello, Carlo Crispini, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Lucio Fontana, Italico Brass and many others.
In addition to the paintings we jealously keep a collection of 26 “big books”.
They are albums that collect drawings, dedications and autographs of the greatest of ‘900 characters who passed through trattoria da Romano.
Some of these are Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin, Maria Callas, the Duke of Edinburgh, Enrico Fermi, Indro Montanelli, Keith Richards, Eugenio Montale, Luigi Pirandello, Federico Fellini, Giulietta Masina, and many others.
BURANO – ROMANO
A student from Galzignano wrote her dissertation in 2010 on these books, called “The Romano Barbaro’s books”.
For these reasons, the Trattoria da Romano has been included since 1970 in the Italian Historical Places. The Italian Historical Association was founded with the mission of enhancing the heritage in the name of the culture, tourism and Italian hospitality and ensure that it will remain for the future generations.
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