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The Tits Bridge and ‘Carampane' in Venice

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The Tits Bridge and ‘Carampane' in Venice

In San Polo in Venice, there is a bridge with a very unique name: the Bridge of Tits. In fact, near the bridge there were several brothels and prostitutes often came to their windows ‘exposing the goods'. At the time of the Venice Republic this was a red light neighbourhood, regulated by the government in a very precise way.

It seems that the government of the Republic imposed prostitutes to show their breasts to entice passers-by; homosexuality was widespread among Venetians and the government tried various ways to counter it.

Also, not far away is the Rio terà of Carampane, another name connected with the oldest profession in the world. In fact, there stood the homes of Mr. Rampani, which were used as a hospice for old and retired prostitutes. In Venetian means ‘house', and so from that moment on, the word carampana indicated an old untidy woman, a term which still used today.

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By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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