Welcome to our category „Venice from A to Z“. While waiting for the Architecture Biennale in Venice to start – and to inform you about many peculiarities of the lagoon city before you visit our Meeting Point – we would like to present to you our Venice ABC in the following weeks and months.

Enjoy reading!

 

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…like Water Taxi

Water taxis are the limousines of Venice: With their spacious leather-upholstered cabins, open-air seating in the stern, and private captains to chauffeur you up the Grand Canal or on a high-speed run between the airport and your hotel, they offer an experience that you won’t forget in a hurry. Unfortunately, you won’t forget the price in a hurry, either. During the time of the Meeting Point, you can use the free POINTS of contact Water Taxi shuttle between the Biennale grounds and the Palazzo.

 

…like Water Supply

The drinkable water problem was of primary importance in Venice from the first moments of his life, and lasted throughout its millennial history. When the people of the mainland, under the pressure of barbarian invasions, took refuge on the lagoon islands, probably they had first taken advantage of rivers entering the lagoon. We know for sure that they also got water from natural wells of rainwater. With the transfer of the government seat in Rialto, to avoid the expense of transporting fresh water from wells of the coast, they began to realize one or more tanks for public use in the houses courtyards, cisterns that collected rainwater after being filtered by a layer of sand. At the beginning of 1300 in the city there were already hundred wells. But the steady increase in population and commerce determined a consumption of such water that the cisterns were no longer sufficient. Thus in 1540 the Senate decreed the creation of the Seriola Canal in order to bring water from the River Brenta to the edge of the lagoon. The carriage was made by special boats called “burchi”. Involved in this transport were the “acquaroli”, an association formed since the fourteenth century, housed in a modest building near the Church of San Basegio. The water could be sold in small quantities, along the streets, by the “bigolanti”, shouting “acqua mo”. These hawkers brought fresh water directly to homes or shops who asked for. In the eighteenth century the “bigolanti” were about a hundred people (mostly women) and acquired the right to sell water with an annual contribution of 20 shillings paid to “acquaroli”. After the war a new water pipe was completed, which ran over a length of more than 20km to S. Giuliano. 

 

POINTS of contact offers a legendary Meeting Point for architects during the opening week of the Architecture Biennale (23.–28.5.2018). Read more