This part of Dorsoduro is one of the rattiest, least prettified corners of Venice, long a neighbourhood of fishermen, dock workers and sailors, it also contains one old palace, the Gothic Palazzo Ariani, with a lovely six-light window facing the intersection of Rio di San Sebastiano. Today it houses the Istituto Tecnico Vendramin Corner.
In the derelict campo behind Angelo Raffaele, just opposite there is a pretty Istrian stone well-head, one of the few wells with a story: it was dug with funds left in Marco Ariani’s will; he died in the great plague of 1348, convinced that it was caused by contaminated water.
vaporetto San Basilio.
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