Hairy guy

I first heard about these hairy guys Homo silvanus (Man of the Forests), through Bert (Venice Daily Photo). There are said to be two of these to be found in Venice. I have only seen this one, and I like him very much!

In Dorsoduro , near Campo San Trovaso

I’m just a hairy guy
I’m hairy noon and night
Hair that’s a fright
I’m hairy high and low

Lyrics from Hair

The other one, which I’ll have to seek out, is high up on the wall of the Palazzo Bembo-Boldù, in the  Campiello S. Maria Nova, Cannaregio. The Palazzo itself is from the end of the 14th century, and is now apparently a hotel. You can read more about our lovely hairy guys in Secret Venice, by Thomas Jonglez and Paola Zoffoli. I highly recommend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in Venice.

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13 responses to “Hairy guy

  1. Anna

    Hey
    Peter Ackroyd’s Venice on Studio channel on Foxtel , Fridays at 4 pm

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  2. I sure hope they are compatible types, Andrew, and will appreciate our wonderful city, and their guide. My fingers are crossed. (Makes it darned hard to type.)

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  3. Andrew

    In one hour’s time we are giving lunch for the people who I am taking to Venice in 3 weeks. I’ve only met one of them before; the rest are his family. Hope we all get on! A bit nail-biting.

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  4. Andrew, Andrew!! I would be double delighted to meet you folks. What a great idea you just had. I’ll practice with the “spriss” every day until you get there, OK?

    PS Bring that blasted contract with you!

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  5. Now you’re scaring me, Andrew. I’ll be there for 3 months from mid-November. I can’t afford to duck into Florian’s every time I get cold …

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  6. Andrew

    A hairy suit would be perfect for Venice in winter. I have never been so cold as I was at Carnival in February 1994. So cold in fact that we had to go into the nearest cafe for a hot drink – unfortunately it happened to be Cafe Florian so it cost a bomb.

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  7. I’m hyperventilating for you, Barb! Get a photo of the one in Cannaregio, if you can, please. Grazie.

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  8. Barb

    Just printed out your posting of those “hairy fellows” and I will be hunting them down! Five more days…

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  9. Oh, Sheila, it isn’t long now …

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  10. Secret Venice, Cafe Life, Venice Osterie & Venice Walks (On Foot Guides) are the books we’re taking (along with the computer to access to Randy’s blog!) Can’t wait!

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  11. The only hanging out they do these days, is on the walls of a palazzo.

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  12. djones47

    And just where do these guys find forests to hang out in?

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