Venice and its Chimneys

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Almost everything, in Venice, hides curious peculiarities, ingenious mechanisms and often innovated technology and architecture. Since we love to give good suggestions, we definitely recommend lifting your eyes up and looking up at Venice. One of the first things you’ll notice in fact are the many different chimneys – in all different forms and dimensions – on the roofs of the many homes.

Take a closer look at some of the many different chimneys taken by a quote from the offices of tourism in Venice:

“The magnificent chimneys in the shape of trumpets, similar to medieval towers put there as a backdrop to every Mary and crucifixion, remain there in idleness and little by little they shatter, until disappearing in the landscape.” (Iosif Brodskiji, Fondamenta degli incurabili).

When strolling about the city, gaze up towards the sky and you will see a large number of chimneystacks of various forms that capture your attention. They are minor architectural works, structural elements, with a precise function essential to citizen’s background. There are about 7.000 chimneys and they are all testaments to the gradual historical-architectural formation in Venice.

You will see many different examples: an upside bell shaped chimney on the Dario Palace; a double or triple forked shape in Fondamenta della Misericordia; a trunk and corn-liked shape that you can see well from the Ponte dei Pugni in San Barnaba; cylindrical or squared smokestacks, some covered with slate from Istria in Campo Sant’Agostino; a pyramid like or smashed trunk can be seen from the Pasqualigo bridge in Santa Maria Formosa; ones with the top shaped as a die on the Rio of San Stae; from the Zecca you can see a beautifully made marble stack in Piazza San Marco, work of Jacopo Sansovino; from San Fantin you can see a chimney in the shape of a bell tower on top of Palazzo Papadopoli.   

In the paintings of famous artists such as Carpaccio, Bellini, and Canaletto we can find a realistic depiction of a Renaissance Venice. In each opera the many chimneys of that era are still present and embrace the same fascinating architecture today.

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