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Well (like a basket)


One of the things on my "want to see" list was this unique 15th century well-head that's carved to look like a basket. I'd read about it in a couple of books, and it was funny because it was very close to the B&B where I've stayed three times but was in a dead-end corte that I'd never visited. It's so very cool-looking and is a perfect example of one of the things I love about Italy...anything can be art and even utilitarian objects can be beautiful. By contrast, the well in my yard here in NC is less than inspiring. :)

You can find this one in Corte Gregolina in San Marco.


And here are a couple of other unique well-heads. Most of the vere da pozzo in Venice are white but these are made from red marble from Verona.



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Beautiful photos, Annie. I especially like the centre vera da pozzo made from Veronese marble.

A city-state so devoted to beauty that even its wellheads must be works of art, is my idea of civilized!

Nice photos, Annie. The basket weave design is quite unique. I went thru my Venice pictures to see if I had a photo of any of these wells. I have one that looks like the second well but I'm not sure it's the same one. I believe mine was located in the ghetto.

Sandra, I agree about "civilized"!

Maria, I'll have to check when I get home but I think that second pink one was close to the church of Santa Fosca in Cannaregio.

These are really wonderful! Such beautiful yet useful structures.

Some more great photos...one of the things I love about Venice is that you happen on to this wonderful 'treasures' at the end of their winding 'streets' ... bene! Thanks for allowing me to reminisce. Menehune

Those are really cool wells. I remember being really intrigued by them during our visit.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, I enjoyed looking at your wonderful photos and seeing how unique and really beautiful these wells are. I'm so glad you found it. Very cool looking.

Thanks for this very interesting and wonderful post Annie!


Love that basket weave one. Maria and I were noticing vera da pozzo on our wanderings last October, and had you in our thoughts while doing so!

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