Chimneys and altane

We all know what chimneys are, but the term altana (altane in the plural), may not be so familiar. I’ll let the photos of them provide the description for you.

Altana and chimney





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18 responses to “Chimneys and altane

  1. Arved, thank you for your nice words! I notice it is a lot warmer in Venice now, are you enjoying that?


  2. Oh great, the show is going on!! Aren’t they wonderful, all these different chimneys? I love them. Nice you made a series from it, and even nicer this blog didn’t die with your return, Yvonne. Greetings from Venice


  3. Michelle

    Oh, no, now you have me looking at new cameras!


  4. I think a lot of people know more about the history of Venice than that of their own city, Suzzanna. And I definitely include myself in that number.


  5. The chimneys are great, and I always enjoy the history behind all the things that make Venice unique.


  6. 24X optical! Wow! It takes beautiful pictures, but it must be the hand behind the camera after all!


    • Camera technology is pretty amazing these days!

      There’s such a funny photo on Facebook today, taken in Venice, of a fellow whose knees are just about buckled with the weight of all the lenses, etc., he is hauling along. If I find it again, I’ll send it to you, Daniel


  7. Hi, Daniel

    It surely is different, trying to get good photos on the dark winter days! My camera is a Panasonic DMC FZ40, which I set on automatic. It has a 24X optical zoom. I am pleasantly surprised with its performance. No, I don’t use a tripod. I think I added some fill light to the first and the second last photos, using Picasa.


  8. Yvonne,
    great pictures! Thanks for posting.
    I believe I recognize a couple of the chimneys, although it’s hard to tell because most likely they are not unique in design.
    What camera/lens did you use to take the pictures? I imagine they were quite far way, still they photos came out perfect. Did you use a tripod? I took similar pictures with my Canon Rebel EOS with a long lens but the pictures came out so dark that they are worthless. The light didn’t help for me this winter. Only one day was truly sunny.


  9. Michelle

    One of the first things I fell in love with on my first visit to our beloved was those chimneys. And then I saw people out on those lovely plant covered “decks” on the roofs of palazzos. Wow, was I in love or what.
    And yes, the women did go out there in huge crownless hats with their locks soaked in something other than lemon juice spread out on the brim of the hat to bleach in the sun.
    I used to dye my hair a shade of red called “Venetian Titian” it was such a lovely shade and it was by L’Oreal…because I am indeed worth it.;)


  10. Weren’t the altane originally where the Venetian ladies went to bleach their hair. They’d put lemon juice on their locks and hope the sun would do its trick. Many Venetian woman were brunettes and when they bleached their hair it would turn red….that’s where the term Venetian red came from.


  11. Exactly, Melissa. In nice weather, you’ll see people up there sunning, eating, drinking, watching regatas, (depends where they live, of course), drying clothes, etc.

    I’m so happy (not), to be back here for all the fun and games.


  12. Melissa

    Like a little sundeck? Thanks for continuing to blog, so much nicer than turning on the tv to all the political upheaval at the moment!


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