Sant’Anna, Castello

I went back to Castello again, for a most satisfying wander through the far north-east portion of this sestiere. What a treasure trove for the snoopy enquiring mind.

Today, I’ll concentrate on Sant’Anna, now a deserted church, with a convent and grounds converted to flats. Have a look at the excellent summary on the Churches of Venice link:  I particularly liked the bit about the convent being prosecuted (twice) for carnal acts.

Here is what you see, if you poke your head around the gates from the Fondamenta S. Anna.

Chiesa Sant'Anna



Then, walk down a path, look to your left, and there is the old cloister, now converted to flats. But, there is a vera da pozzo, a clock and church bell, old columns, enough to keep you busy for a while.

The top of the well head had a perforated pattern, and you can peek through the holes to see reflections in the water below.

I had to tear myself away from that photographic fun.

On the way out, I met one of the resident cats.

And, here is the rest of the party pissotte from yesterday, also from San Polo.

(PS There’s a bonus photo after these pissotte.)

San Polo

There were new icicles under that bridge in Castello. I was amazed at how much water the stones of the bridge must absorb and release, to allow the formation of these stalactites. (That’s what the Venetians called them, this morning.)


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16 responses to “Sant’Anna, Castello

  1. julie

    Love those Icicles on the bridge ….

    Just as cold here back home Yvonne

    Keep warm xxx


  2. Bert

    It was underlined, but I ignored it. :”>


  3. Bert

    From what I have seen of some bridges under the course of restoration/reconstruction, a lot of utility pipes are carried over the canals under the steps of the bridges. I wonder if those stalactites could be the result of a water pipe cracking and leaking.
    There are so many stories about the nuns of Venice. Casanova had a tale to tell about a nun at Santa Maria degli Angeli on Murano. And even worse happenings at Le Convertite on Guidecca. Fra Giovanni Pietro Leon gave new meaning to ‘a burning passion’.
    Did the larger bell drop a clanger? 🙂


    • That could be, Bert, regarding the icicles. This was the only bridge were I noticed them (but there are a LOT of bridges in Venice). There were icicles on both sides of this bridge, both days. Who knows??

      I asked the larger bell, and it said “No, certo, no.”


  4. Andrew, add that to our list of mysteries. Try to get there when you’re next in Venice, and see if you work it out. I don’t think they’re in operation anymore, but who knows?


  5. Andrew

    How does the double bell work? I wonder what it sounds like.


  6. Michelle

    Nuns had really changed by the time I went to Catholic school…or at least we were led to believe they had.


  7. Susie L

    Absolutely fascinating Yvonne, our Intrepid Reporter!

    Those church doors look as if they could be kicked in very easily, don’t they? And thank you for the link, more fascinating reading. BTW, I hear the nuns at San Zaccaria were quite popular as well…

    So Linda and I both recognized those pissote! They are rather hard to miss…


    • Susie, are you encouraging me to get into that church? You could be named as an accessory before the fact. We could share a cell out on Giudecca, perhaps.

      I tnink the nun-like life was not by choice, for some of those young ladies!


  8. I love the old doors, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be so enamored if I had to deal with opening and closing them everyday. The reflectionn pictures are beautiful.


  9. Yvonne are you staying warm enough?
    Is the pisotta on the calle leading into the San Toma vaporetto stop? It looks familiar.


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