Barbacani Venice

Made of wooden beams or stone

It is interesting to know and explore the ancient history of Venice, not only through the classic tourist routes but also through mysteries, curiosities, secret places, sculptures and capitals leaning out.

Barbacani Venice is an architectural structure used to recover living space without reducing the one available for the pedestrian traffic. Special wooden beams or stone that emerge and sustain at the level of the first floor of a building the ledge of a building over the “calle” or “campo” below. In this way the first floor and all upper floors can make use of a greater area than the ground floor.

Places you can find Barbacani Venice

In Rialto, Calle della Madonna 574, framed on the wall and hidden among the facades of the last houses in Riva del Vin, you can find a Barbacane made of Istrian stone, on which stands the inscription FOR DE IVRISDICIOM DE BARBACANI. This stone was used as a model to the implementation of the wooden reinforcements for the walls, which dimensions were strictly laid down by the authorities to prevent abuses. Other Barbacani Venice better preserved are visible near Rialto Bridge, Calle del Paradiso and near Campo Santa Maria Formosa.