A French couple have mapped 700+ well heads in Venice. I have no idea how long this labour of love might have taken them, and I guess not many of us will be able to duplicate their work! They are a never ending source of interest to many people; I’ll be looking out for any I haven’t seen before on my next visit to Venice.
Most of them have plain metal tops bolted on. This one boasts an elaborate, artistic example
This shows a more typical metal top
I had tried on 2 previous visits to Venice, to gain access to the courtyard where this vera da pozzo is to be found. Finally, on my 3rd attempt the security guard relented. Was it my tears?
The courtyard mentioned above is at 168, Rio Tera Lista Spagna. The former Palazzo Sceriman, it now is the home to Veneto Regional offices
Here is the link to the French site. It is about more than vere da pozzo, by the way.
And, an article I wrote for Italian Notebook, about this topic: