An estimated 5,000,000 people emigrated from the Veneto region between 1876 and 1976. In fact, the Venetians are the Italian people who have had to suffer the most from the sadness of separation from the original family nucleus due to emigration.
Poetry of the late 19th century emigrant
Con San Marco comandava/Se disnava e se senava
Soto Franza brava xente/se disnava solamente
Soto la casa de Lorena/No se disna e no se sena
Soto Casa de Savoia/De magnar te ghe voia
I n’à portà na fame roja E ne toca andar via/vaca troja … vaca troja.
When the Venetian Republic commanded/ We lunched and dined. Under France (Napoleon’s) aggressive people/Dinner only. Under Austria (of the Habsburg-Lorraine) / No lunch and no dinner. Under Italy (of the Savoys) / All that remains is the desire to eat. They brought us a damned hunger and we are forced to emigrate/bloody hell … bloody hell!
Venetians in the World
From the last quarter of a century of the 1800s to the middle of the 1900s, for every Veneto surname in the Region there are from four to ten present abroad. The majority of the Venetians, understood as a people, therefore live outside Italy.
Venetians in Italy
As a result of the reclamation policies during the Fascist period, numerous Venetian families emigrated to the Tuscan Maremma, to the Agro Pontino Laziale and to the province of Oristano in Sardinia.
Veneti in Istria
The linguistic, cultural, commercial and food and wine ties between the Venetians of the Italian Republic and the Istrians of the Slovenian Republic and the Croatian Republic are still very strong.
Veneti in Brasil
The richest states of Brazil (San Paolo, Santa Catarina, Espirito Santo, Paranà and Rio Grande do Sul) were largely colonized by families of Venetian origin during the Great Venetian Emigration of the late 1800s.
Venetolandia in Brazil
In the Sierra Gaucha (Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina) lives the largest community of Venetian descendants in the world (65% of the population). There are numerous towns with Venetian ancestry, such as Nova Venezia, Nova Bassano, Nova Padova, Nova Vicenza, Nova Treviso and Nova Trento.
Venetians in Argentina
Many Venetians, at the same time as emigrating to Brazil, moved to Argentina. Some of them entered the city environment, especially in Buenos Aires, others preferred to move to the agricultural communities of Rosario and Santa Fè.
Venetians in Mexico
Collected from the Venetian community of Chipilo, founded in 1882. Originally from the town of Segusino (TV), emigrated towards the end of the 19th century, they are famous cheese producers and furniture makers.
Venetians in Australia
Started after the Second World War, the first, second and third generation Venetian community in Australia at the beginning of the 1980s consisted of 100,000 people mainly present in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Wollongong.
Venetians in Canada and Usa
Having started several times, first during the Great Emigration of the 19th century, then in the 1950s, they proved to be great professionals and successful entrepreneurs.
Venetians in South Africa
The Venetians in South Africa are about 4,500, distributed in the areas of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Welkom and East London.
Venetians in Europe
From 1500 to today, many Venetians work in all European countries, especially recognized for their great dedication to work and entrepreneurial spirit.
The Belluno adventurer Carlo Camillo di Rudio was also in the service of the famous General Custer. He was one of the very few cavalrymen to escape the Little Big Horn Massacre.
Peron, Bolsonaro Putin e Sonia Gandhi
Juan Domingo Perón, son of emigrants who left from Pederobba (TV) and Jair Messias Bolsonaro, grandson of emigrants from Anguillara Veneta (PD), Presidents of the Federal Republic of Argentina and Brazil respectively, are both of Venetian origin. Even Wladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation, according to the Russian newspaper Moskovskij Komsomolets would have his origins in Costa Bissara (VI). Onia Gandhi, born in Lusiana (VI), president of the Indian Congress Party, was the third most powerful woman in the world in 2013 according to the economics magazine Forbes.
Federico Faggin from Vicenza created the world’s first microchip or microprocessor in 1971. Later he will invent the Touch Screen.
Ice cream cone
The patent by Bellunese Italo Marchioni di Peaio was filed in New York in 1903.
The famous “peanuts” were invented by Amedeo Voltejo Obici originally from Oderzo (TV) who emigrated to the United States in 1889.
Emilio Zola, of Venetian origins, born in Paris was one of the most famous journalists and novelists of the last century.
Pietro Cardin, from San Biagio di Callalta (TV), has created one of the major “griffes” of prestige linked to French fashion.