Hidden treasures

The hunchback of Rialto in Venice in San Giacometto Square

Unknown places & works
GobboRialto_big

The hunchback of Rialto in Venice in San Giacometto Square

Next to the Rialto Bridge in Venice, there is an old medieval church (it is said to be the oldest in the city), the church of San Giacometto, which overlooks a famous square, which was once a strategic place, the heart of the financial centre of the Republic of Venice because valuable goods were traded here and countless business affairs undertaken. Given the importance of this square, here, as in St Mark's Square, ‘notices were shouted', that is, the most important decisions of the state of Venice and the death sentences were announced.

There is still in fact the Piera del Bando, a kind of small stage from which the messenger read the documents. To climb onto this stone a small ladder wad used, which is supported by a sixteenth century sculpture, representing a kneeling man and this has always been referred to as ‘the Hunchback of Rialto'.

Those who were sentenced to the flogging penalty began their punishment in the Piazzetta of St Mark's, between the columns which support Marco and Todaro, crossing Mercerie and the Rialto Bridge, whipped and beaten by all those who thronged the streets, until they arrived in the area of San Giacomo of Rialto and in front of the Hunchback, where the torture ended.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: Andrea Palladio’s Tablino at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice

tablino-palladio
Big Names

More than simply the rooms where many masterpieces are exhibited, the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice are a work of art on their ow...

View

Venice: The 'Naval Battle' by Tintoretto at Doge’s Palace

Battaglia_Garda
Historical Curiosities

The ceiling of the Doge's Palace, in addition to being the largest wooden suspended ceiling in the world, is a real trove of painting m...

View

Venice: The origins of the Carnival in Venice

faliero-vitale
Local Traditions

When looking for information on the birth of the Venice Carnival, the first place to head for is St. Mark’s Basilica, the place where...

View

Verona: The Carnival in Verona

carnevale-verona
Local Traditions

When it comes to Carnival, everyone immediately thinks of Venice, but also the other cities of the Veneto region have ancient and charm...

View

Top posts

Venice: The tomb of Doge Andrea Gritti in the church of San Francesco della Vigna

Andrea_Gritti-tomba
Big Names

For the few daring visitors who decide to head to the Castello district, away from the crowds swarming around Piazza San Marco and the ...

View

Venice: Doge Pietro Tradonico and the Island of Poveglia in the Venice lagoon

poveglia-venezia
Historical Curiosities

The Island of Poveglia, in the Venice lagoon, is considered by paranormal experts as one of the world’s most haunted places, normally...

View

Padua: Donatello’s Altar in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua

altare-donatello
Historical Curiosities

When visiting the city of Padua a not-to-be-missed monument is the magnificent Basilica dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, a Francisc...

View

Venice: The Secret Garden of Ca 'Morosini del Giardin in Cannaregio

ca-morosini-del-giardin
Unknown places & works

Venice is a magical city for many reasons, amongst them are its many hidden gardens that few are aware of! One of the most secret and f...

View