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Alleys of San Polo

Posted by Avital Pinnick on December 27, 2016

The neighbourhood around the Rialto Market in San Polo, Venice, is a warren of tiny alleys. The arches overhead, with weeds growing out of the cracks, seem to serve no structural purpose. I was told that they signified ownership; if someone owned two adjacent buildings, an arch would be built between them to show that they had the same owner. You often see these arches at the entrance to a small square which, in Renaissance times, often belonged to an extended family. (That also explains the impressive churches found in tiny, out-of-the-way, courtyards.)

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The bridge at the end of the Fondamenta Riva Olio (by the Grand Canal) ends at a wall that forms one end of the Pescheria (fish market). In this photo, you can see the arches of the fish market on the left.

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If you walk in the colonnade behind the tourist shops of the Rialto Market (yes, the stores with the scarves, souvenir magnets, leather bags, and San Marco banners) and look up, you’ll see these old, unprotected frescos over walls covered with graffiti. The sheer volume of artwork in Venice is staggering. I took these photos in the morning, before the shops had opened, so it wasn’t too crowded.

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Detail of fresco and groin-vaulting.

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Return to Venice

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 23, 2016

Venice is one of my all-time favorite cities. I never get tired of it. We went for five days last month and did not manage to see or do everything we wanted. We’ll have to go back again!

Ca’ d’Oro on the Grand Canal. It’s been converted into a museum and does not allow photography, but you can take pictures on the balcony and the areas outside the gallery itself.

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We rented a flat in Campo S. Marghareta in Dorsoduro. I photographed this bubble-maker in nearby Campo S. Barnaba, just across the canal.

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Still-life in the Rialto fish market:

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