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The heart of bricks in the sottoportego of the Priests in Castello in Venice

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The heart of bricks in the sottoportego of the Priests in Castello in Venice

Near the church of San Giovanni in Bragora Castle there is a sottorportego very famous amongst lovers: indeed there is a red brick heart and when touched it makes love dreams come true within the year.

Legend has it that a fisherman named Orio lived here. One day while fishing he heard a voice calling for help; amazed he discovered that his net had caught a mermaid, named Melusina. The two fell in love, but she had been hit by a curse and every Saturday she turned into a terrible snake.

The only way to overcome the curse was for Melusina to be married and she would then become a human. Orio took her back to his house and they had three children, but after a few years Melusina fell ill and died. Orio was in despair but when he would return home from fishing he realised that everything was mysteriously been tidied up: he found a snake in the kitchen and killed him, and since then the house was always a mess, because the snake was actually Melusina who returned from the depths to help his family.

In memory of this beautiful love story a red heart was put where their home was.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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