A visitor to Venice in 1513 wanted to see the galleys of the Arsenal, the
treasury of San Marco, and the library of Marino Sanuto (1466-1536), thus
nicely paying respect to the maritime, religious, and literary aspects of
the city. In April 1530, Ferrante Sanseverino, the prince of Salerno and
reportedly "a studious man," expressed a desire to meet three Venetians:
Pietro Bembo, famous for his poetry; Giovanni Soro, the state secretary in
charge of ciphers; and Sanuto, because, claims the diarist, "of the fame I
have as a historian."