We heard that Otranto had been regained. There were rejoicings, bonfires, etc.
We received news of the Peace.(1) There were bonfires and great rejoicings.
(1) The peace between the Venetians and the Lega Santissima (Most Holy League).
29th December. The new Signori were drawn by lot, which is a fresh way of choosing them. The First Gonfaloniere is one of the Corbizi, this news being receive joyfully, seeming to promise a popular and more impartial government.
25th February. We heard that the King of France had taken Naples, and how he had entered it on the 21st without a blow. The King of Naples took refuge in the Castel dell' Uovo. This news was proclaimed here with great rejoicing, with drums and fifes, and the shops were shut. There were many bonfires and lights(1) on the towers, and other manifestations, to commemorate such a conquest.(2)
(1) These pangeli were pieces of stuff swimming in oil or dipped in grease, and placed in flat round tins.
(2) This is confirmed by a decree of the Signori on this date, which besides commanding the shops to be shut, also orders processions to be made on three successive mornings.