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Ritrovamenti alle Penitenti

Ritrovamenti alle Penitenti

Durante i lavori di recupero dell’intero complesso del Pio Loco delle Penitenti sono venuti alla luce dei ritrovamenti unici nel loro genere, tanto da spiccare, non solo per il loro stato di integrità, nell’intero panorama europeo.

The foundations of Venetian palaces

The foundations of Venetian palaces

The traditional construction method in Venice consisted in driving piling into the earth, in order to consolidate the ground by increasing its density and giving greater stability to the foundations under the buildings.

Findings in the Campo della Pescheria

Findings in the Campo della Pescheria

The island of Rialto is one of the most ancient areas of settlement in the historic city of Venice. It was here that, from the earliest origins of the city, important commercial and economic activities were located.

Venetian wells

Venetian wells

Venice’s underground does not have easy-to-reach water tables. Up to a century ago, fresh water was drawn from the springs on the mainland and transported in casks to the lagoon by boat. This supplemented the traditional rainwater collection system built in the campi and campielli.

The “comune marino”

The “comune marino”

The words “common high tide”, “common marine” or simply “common” indicated the height that must be referred to, for example, when setting the foundations of a building six feet “below the common”, dredging the bed of a canal five feet “below the common” or establishing the upper edge of the embankments at two feet “above the common”.

The stairs at La Salute

The stairs at La Salute

Every step of the two staircases on the bank of La Salute was built, for reasons of economy, by assembling smaller stone elements into one larger one.


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