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The three wellheads of the San Trovaso Church

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The three wellheads of the San Trovaso Church

In the charming Dorsoduro district in Venice, there is the ancient church of Saints Gervasio and Protasio, called San Trovaso in Venetian dialect.

The area around the church is very interesting: we can in fact find one of the few remaining dry docks in Venice, the ancient workshops where the gondolas and other typical lagoon boats (all strictly handmade) are built and repaired, but also three wellheads, a definitely unique circumstance.

The biggest of the three is the 16th century one with  cylindrical shape, positioned in front of the main facade of the church (San Trovaso Square and is one of the few raised squares in Venice, because originally it was a cistern to collect rainwater); the second, dating from the 15th century and hence with a Gothic style, shows the coat of arms of the Giustiniani family who built it; the third well-head is not only the oldest (14th  century), but is also at the centre of a terrible history.

On 14 June 1779 the bust of a man was found on the inside.. A few hours later the other body parts were found in several places in the city. Those responsible for the crime were identified and arrested almost immediately: they were the victim's wife and her lover, a young man from Udine who worked in the city. The following year, they were executed in St Mark's Square.

Venice holds many more curious anecdotes. Little-known facts, legends and mysteries await you in the lesser known streets, to give you a unique and highly interesting visit ! Discover a less touristy Venice in the company of our local guides!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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