In the first half of the seventeenth century, Venice began a new chapter in the history of art. It invented the public opera house and gave instrumental music its pedigree. For more than a hundred and fifty years, La Serenissima transformed the art of Euterpe. In taking the names of the two composers who inaugurated and concluded that golden age, the Monteverdi Vivaldi Festival aims to tell a story that was written by many creators, and is scattered with masterpieces that are often overshadowed by The Four Seasons. A centre providing resources and promoting the dissemination of information and knowledge, the Venetian Centre for Baroque Music carries out fundamental work in the fields of research and interpretation. Punctuating its editorial activities, an international festival is scheduled each year, along with an academy for young artists, with the aim of reviving those unknown gems, which deserve to be well known the world over.