Hidden treasures

The Sconta court known as the Arcana di Corto Maltese in Venice

Unknown places & works
Corte_sconta_arcana

The Sconta court known as the Arcana di Corto Maltese in Venice

For fans of the famous comic strip of Corto Maltese, Venice looks like an enchanted place where you can experience the greatest adventures. For example, the adventure of Corto Maltese in China and Siberia (‘Fable of Venice', Hugo Pratt, 1976) begins in a charming and little corner of Venice, near the Saints John and Paul Basilica: Court Botera.

The name used in the comic book is far more fascinating - Court Sconta (i.e. hidden) called Arcane-but this does not change the ambience of the place.  This court owes its name to a workshop of botteri, that is, where barrels were manufactured. It has at its centre a well curb, an outdoor covered staircase, a round walled arch in Venetian-Byzantine style (of the 13th century that served as access to the Contarini Zoggia Palace that stood here in ancient times), some columns that support the porch and a series of porticoes ranging from the entry to the court itself, and to the nearby canal.

Botera Court has in fact almost maintained its original appearance, and probably for this Hugo Pratt chose it for the adventure of his hero, but because of the many visitors (who are not always respectful), its inhabitants have decided to close it with a gate. Be patient and wait for someone to allow you to enter...

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Treviso: Roncade Castle

castello-roncade
Unknown places & works

For most visitors, including lovers of art, Veneto is the region of the Villas, fairy-tale holiday destinations and farmhouses, which h...

View

Venice: The head of an elderly woman at Corte del Teatro in San Luca

corte-teatro-san-luca
Unknown places & works

Behind the famous Teatro Goldoni in Venice, near the Grand Canal, there is a tiny Corte which is very hard to find... And hides several...

View

Vicenza: The bell tower of Thiene

Thiene_campanile
Unknown places & works

Among the numerous bell towers dotted around in Veneto, there is one that boasts a unique feature: it is the civic tower of Thiene - an...

View

Venice: The island of Saint Francis of the Desert in the Venice lagoon

San-Francesco-del-Deserto
Unknown places & works

If you are looking for a place to meditate, away from clamour, St. Francis of the Desert is an island that is right up your street! The...

View

Top posts

Verona: The jousts in the Verona Arena

arena-di-verona
Historical Curiosities

The Verona Arena is undoubtedly the symbol of the city in the Veneto region, and one of the most famous Roman monuments of Italy. All t...

View

Padua: The Museum of the History of Medicine in Padua

Museo-di-storia-della-Medicina
Unknown places & works

If you are tired of the usual museums filled with paintings and sculptures, you might find the Museum of the History of Medicine in Pad...

View

Treviso: The 'Barco' of Caterina Corner, Queen of Cyprus, in Altivole

barco-altivole
Big Names

One of the most charming figures of the history of Venice is certainly Catherine Corner, queen of Cyprus (1454-1510). At the age of 18,...

View

Venice: The Sirens and the lace from Burano in the Venice lagoon

merlettaie
Mysteries & Legends

The island of Burano island in the Venice lagoon is definitely a magical place: filled with small colourful houses, delicious cookies, ...

View