Venice used to be a scarcely lit city and along the "calli" the only
lights used to be the "cesendeli", candles lit to the many sacred images hanging
on the walls.
As the number of aggressions was rising up, around 1450 a law was established
which compelled everybody to carry a lamp after sunset, while walking through
That's the origin of the myth of the "codega", a sort of night-guide, who used
to bring people back home from theatre or a party with his lamp.
The word comes from the Greek word "odegos" (guide) and also in most recent
times "codega" was the name for those people welcoming customers with an
umbrella in case of rain or for those who used to bring girls back home from