On the 25th of September 1679 Stefano got appointed Ministro di Sanità (Minister of Health), also called Soprastante (Superintendent), at the Dogana dell'Isolo. There were at that time two Customhouses in the city of Verona: the main one, Dogana dell'Isolo, located between the bridges Pignolo and delle Seghe on the minor branch of the river Adige, intended to be used as the checkpoint for all of the goods imported from central Europe, and the second one situated at the Ponte Navi on the right side of the Adige (used, on the contrary, for those goods coming from Venice). Nowadays we can easily understand the importance of such a role – and certanly it has been essential at that time, when the memory of the Black Death was still vividly imprinted in people's mind – to be in charge for the operations of gathering, sanitizing and sorting all of the goods traded with the northern European countries in order to guarantee the efficiency of the trading system and at the same time to prevent or reduce any risk of epidemic from diseases coming from different parts of the World.
Stefano was re-elected four consecutive times for this role, office that he kept for 14 years – until 1693, as it is stated in his death certificate.
Let us now come to Giuseppe. He was born on the 22nd of April 1658 and he got baptized in the church of S. Maria in Chiavica two days later. As mentioned before, he was the sixth one out of nine brothers, the youngest one is Felice, who will be Giuseppe's close companion during his entire life. It is interesting to see how the lives of these two brothers got interconnected to each other. They both shared the same passion for music and figurative arts, as Pellegrino Antonio Orlandi states in his L'Abecedario pittorico in 1704. Giuseppe apparently showed more of an inclination for painting during his childhood while the brother, Felice, a predisposition for music. But later on, it seems that the two brothers interchanged with each other the paintbrush and the violin.
(Felice) Parve da giovanetto portato dal capriccio al suono, e Gioseffo il fratello maggiore alla pittura, ma riuscendo all'uno, ed all'altro stranieri que' principi cambiarono partito, applicando Gioseffo al violino, in cui riuscì quel famoso Sonatore tanto acclamato dalla Germania, e dall'Italia, che gode le opere sue stampate, e Felice attendendo la pittura nella scuola di Gio: Gioseffo dal Sole, al giorno d'oggi maneggia con franchezza i pennelli in Bologna.
[(Felice), when he was a child, showed an aptitude for music, while the older brother Gioseffo a predisposition for painting, but since they both found themselves extraneous to those disciplines they changed party in such a way that Gioseffo committed himself to the violin, for which he turned out to become that famous performer so much acclaimed in Germany and Italy – which benefits from his printed compositions, and Felice learned painting at the school of Gioseffo dal Sole, handling nowadays the paintbrushes with frankness in Bologna]2
According to the information given by Padre Martini about Giuseppe Torelli in his Catalogue of the Accademici in Bologna, Iseppo took his first steps in his music education in his hometown.