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Vere da pozzo (Torcello)

First, I'd like to say Bon Voyage and safe travels to Kathy (Trekcapri) who leaves for Scotland tomorrow! Have a great time, and I can't wait to read all about it (and see your photos).

Back to my ramblings about my day at Torcello (at the pace I'm going, it's going to take me a month to blog about that one day!).

There are a bunch of these old well-heads on Torcello, and several of them have cool carvings on them. This cube-shaped one with a Greek cross on each side is probably the oldest vera da pozzo in the lagoon (eighth century or so).


Many of the well-heads in Venice have carvings of water jugs on them, and several on Torcello did too~


I like the tree on this one~


Faded saint next to a water jug~


Green Torcello~


Another water jug~


Interesting contrast between my photo and a vintage postcard. Not sure when the photo on the post card was taken, but the other two big stone vessels next to the well-head weren't there and neither were the trees~



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Comments (15)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, thanks so much for the Bon Voyage. :)

I am so happy I get to read this wonderful Torcello post before I leave. And Annie feel free to blog for a month because we enjoy reading your posts on Torcello.

It's funny but I thought I visited Torcello in 2007 but reading your posts I realize that I missed so many wonderful things. This is a great photo collection of well heads. I also like the one with the tree. And I love the camparison of your photo to the old post card. So interesting.

Thank you so much again for the Bon Voyage. If you're going to continue to post about Torcello, I'm going to have to definitely check in on you from Scotland! Take care and have a wonderful evening.

Cool photos! Interesting to compare your photo to the vintage photo.

Barb Cabot:

You amaze me with all the interesting things you find to post. My daughter is taking a group of her University students to Venice this weekl. I've forwarded your blogsite to her for reference. Just so interesting.


Great photos, Annie!

I love the comparison with the postcard, it really demonstrates how some of these structures really don't change.

Another interesting post. If I learn anything from your posts, it's to 'look again' at everything in Venice. I think I get so overwhelmed by the beauty of the art and the ambience of this enigmatic city. Now, I will be on the hunt for well-heads (like that word better than cisterns).... mahalo, M

Nice photos, Annie.


Annie, I too LOVE your Torcello posts! I have never been there, but now I want to go!

Another fascinating Torcello post! These vere da pozzo are just gorgeous.

Thanks for your comments everyone. Some of these have been stuck in the "to be published" file while our blogs were down. Glad to finally be able to publish them!

That first well-head caught my attention instantly. Is it the only square one that you've seen? It doesn’t have the grace the round ones have but I'm attracted to it.

I'm really looking forward to visiting Torcello on my next trip and using your entries as my guide. I'm hoping to be in Venice next year but it all depends on the schedule of my French class.

Love the vintage photo!

Maria, there is another square one in Venice, in Castello, with a relief of John the Baptist on it. I'll post a photo soon.

I hope to be in Venice next year too. Hope we both are able to get there!


I am absolutely besotted with the pozzi in Venice, never get tired of looking for and at them!

I am also besotted with your blogs on the churches in Venice .. so much to see, so little time.

Blessings to you.

Yvonne, thank you! I love looking for the pozzi too. Happy holidays!

Vere da pozzo is great! I love the waterjug marks in the stones :-)


These are awesome structures of wells. I miss those days where you can just drink the water coming from a well. Those days when we still have clean water.

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