Casa della Marinarezza, Castello 1411-68

Here’s another in the scintillating series based on Venice Domestic Architecture (Trincanato and Salvadori).

Anyone who has taken a vaporetto toward the Giardini vaporetto stop has seen this, if they were being alert and didn’t have their noses buried in some electronic gizmo.

Did you know you were gazing at something built in the 15th century? Typical, you guys just never pay attention in class, nor do you do your homework. It’s the naughty corner for each and every one of you.

So, what we have here is a group of residences granted free (not today, I hasten to add), to sailors who had “distinguished themselves” for services to the Republic. There are 3 parallel blocks of 3 stories. The front bit, with the 2 distinctive arches, was added in the mid 1600s.


Here is the view enjoyed by the residents when they leave their (now expensive, no doubt) apartments, to walk onto the Riva dei Sette Martiri. Not bad, eh?


If they look up as they walk toward the Riva, they’ll see some evidence of the structural elements of this building. (Always look up – repeat that mantra, class.)


If they look back, they can check to see that their laundry is still secure on the line, and say good-bye to the neighbourhood cat.



To quote Signora Trincanato, “The jambs of the mullioned windows are in carved stone“, and darned beautiful, as opined by me.


I’m not sure when the shrine was added.


Right next to it is a memorial to men lost forever to families and the city. I like the little perpetually glowing lamp.


This door lintel displays the old method of house numbering. It’s so satisfying to find these, in many areas of Venice. It also shows the date (1645) in Roman numerals.



And, for those members of the class who get all soppy over chimneys, here are two, just for you!



Well class, do yourself a favour, next time you’re in Venice. Walk through the arches, look around. Soak up the atmosphere of long ago Venice. And, say hello to that cat.


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41 responses to “Casa della Marinarezza, Castello 1411-68

  1. vera ersilia

    Bellissime immagni. Io son torinese però adesso vivo nel Far West degli Stati Uniti ( aimé !…). Il tuo blog mi recherà conforto. I thank you for your visit to my blog!! Vera


  2. Fascinating, personal & humourous: thanks for another great post! love walking around Venice in your blogging company!


  3. Beautiful images. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Caroline,
    Once I’m living there you have a cat sitter! Unfortunately it will be a few years yet.


    • Caroline

      Thanks Michelle! But what’s keeping you? It’s important to do what we want to do while we still have our health, as we never know what’s round the corner. Carpe diem!


      • It’s called paying off the credit card debt so I can actually apply for the visa to live there. Lucky Caroline and Phil didn’t need a visa but those of us from the US (and Australia) need a visa.
        So I am living very frugally but in I hope about three years you will have a cat sitter living in some part of Venice.
        My Italian teacher taught me a phrase :Io ho sogno nel cassetto di prendere residenza a Venezia un giorno.
        (the colloquial translation is “I have a dream in my heart to live in Venice one day”)…it’s literal translation is to have a dream in a drawer.
        I know I’m destined to live there it just takes time.


        • Caroline

          Michelle, we can relate to the “paying off the credit card debt” bit! We got round that one by getting ourselves made redundant 🙂


  5. Liz

    I love the way the laundry is hung above the street. What a lovely looking street.


    • It’s so nice to walk around in Venice and inhale the smell of the laundry, Liz. Mind you, it’s not so nice when the humidity sits at 100%, trying to get things dry.


  6. We don’t know what we’re missing if we don’t look up! Lovely post.


  7. Well that was a lovely walk. I felt like I was right there alongside you. Thanks Y!


  8. They have the best laundry views in the city! I have walked by there so many times taking photos of the beautiful laundry and wondering if it were possible to rent an apartment there. Never wandered in but will do so next time. Had I known there was a cat there….well, you would not have been able to keep me out.


  9. Indeed I saw this unique building from the boat but have never been there to see it. Well, next time. Thanks for the info.


  10. Perhaps a bloggers get together in Venice is in order. I am up for flying 6000 miles to greet a cat.


    • OK, and I’m up for flying gawd knows how many kilometers! I’ll be there in May next year … my butt will have forgotten by then what misery I put upon it!


  11. Caroline

    Great pictures of some of (to me) the most interesting buildings in town. I don’t know if any ever change hands – I get the impression that they are still handed down through families, and indeed we have an older Venetian friend who used to live there but moved out to a rented flat to give her son his own space!!

    It is indeed a fantastic view from the calli and must be also from the front flats themselves – *when* there isn’t some tycoon’s ‘maxi-yacht’ parked in front, towering over the whole lot 😦

    What a lovely cat – is he friendly?


    • When I tried to rent an apartment there (through Alvise), he found it had just changed hands, Caroline. It would be wonderful to think that they stayed in the families through all those centuries, it’s hard for me to get my head around that idea.

      Yes, they do get those maxi-yachts there, and do those floating hotels (eg Michelangelo) moor there, too?

      The cat was a little wary, but not hostile.


      • Caroline

        Ah, interesting, so they do change hands sometimes. It does seem to be the way here, that people inherit properties & even if they don’t want to live in them, they keep them rather than selling them as nearly always happens in Britain. I think there are good and not-so-good aspects to this – not so good when it means properties just standing empty all the time when other people need somewhere to live. (The IMU tax was supposed to help deter this, but didn’t seem to.) As you know, where we used to live, most of the flats around us were empty all or most of the time.

        Boats like the Michelangelo sometimes moor down there, I think, although normally further up towards S. Marco or at the Stazione Marittima. But at least they are quite low, aren’t they, so don’t impinge on their neighbours as much.

        Right, not worth going over in the hope of a cuddle, then, I suppose!


      • Have you given more thought to adding a feline to your apartment?


        • Caroline

          Yes, still planning to, when all the to-ing & fro-ing is over. We’ve also yet to work out what we’d do with him/her when we go away in future.


  12. Jo

    I had always meant to walk through those arches – definitely on my list now.
    Many thanks Yvonne for your lovely photos.


  13. Hi, today is such a bad november-like day here in the lagoon that I don’t think the cat is showing his red fur at the window. Anyway, I can try to see him this evening when I go back home, and say him hallo from you 🙂


    • Buongiorno, Winckelmann. I think Venice believes I’m still there, and continues to let the rain fall down, as it did earlier this year! Yes, please say ‘ciao’ to il gatto.


  14. LOVE the second photo – what a view! 🙂


  15. Love the streetlamps, the washing lines and, of course, the cat :0


  16. Hi Yvonne 😀
    Hello Cat !! There ! No need to go to Venice now !
    Oh ! Got to get the washing in before it rains. Thanks for the reminder !
    Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


    • Ciao, Ralphie! But, have you done your homework? There could be a test any day now. Don’t plan on playing hookie, either. How are you those cats? Cheers. oxo ❤


      • Homework ? I’ll pass easily. Answer: Venice is wet ! Now for some hookie 😉
        The cats are asleep as it’s noon and hot. I may join them in their basket for a siesta 😀 xox ❤


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