Barbacani are wooden beams that are used to gain horizontal space in upper floors, without encroaching on the narrow alleyways of Venice. You will notice examples of them in a number of locations around Venice, but you will have to remember to look up.
In Rialto, Calle della Madonna 574, you can find a barbacane made of Istrian stone which was used as a model for the wooden reinforcements for the walls. The dimensions were laid down by the authorities to prevent abuses.
And now, friends (and relatives), I’m taking a break from the world of blogdom. I don’t know when/if I’ll be back. Perhaps during my next visit to Venice, I’ll be inspired with things to share.
For now, consider this my swan song. 🙂