Corte San Marco, Dorsoduro

Yet another of the little jewels from Venetian domestic architecture (Trincanato and Salvadori) are these dwellings to be found in this corte.


 Trincanato says “24 small houses, built in 1529 with a bequest of Pietro Olivieri made to the members of the Scuola di San Marco.”

As I recall the well was hexagonal in shape. Those masegni (paving stones) look to have been around for a few centuries.


This inscribed marble will give some of you an hour or so of deciphering fun!


The dwellings were originally built as working-class housing, and they still retain a humble appearance.



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30 responses to “Corte San Marco, Dorsoduro

  1. I love the flower on the well head ~ how gorgeous! Beautiful scenes as always, dear Y. I hope all’s well in your world. Sorry for being AWOL. There’s a little something for you by means of apology over at my place. 🙂


    • What a nice surprise to find you at the door, Shell. Come on in, I just baked some cookies!

      I approve of the offering on your blog, and I note you have pleased a few of us. I did like the link to Hugh. 🙂


  2. Lovely photos Y. It was very nice of them to hang those pretty green and pink linens up for you! I might have to get my mitts on that book.


  3. Bert

    On my first visit there, the whole place was being dug up to lay new drains or cables or some such. But my next visit was in November, last year, and I took a couple of photos almost identical to yours, Yvonne. The plaque is dated 13 September 1759.


    • I had noticed that date, Bert, but Signora Trincanato unfortunately made no reference to it in the excerpt. If I got busy and translated that particular marble, all would no doubt be revealed.


  4. Just got email that my copy is on the way. I’ll let you know when it gets here.

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  5. I did it cara Yvonne…..I bought a copy. YES!!! Great post!!

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  6. I received a copy of that little book in Venice from a friend, and treasure it! 😉

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  7. Corte San Marco is a beautiful little neighborhood! Built in the ’20’s, almost 500 years ago – and in far better condition than far too many neighborhoods built in the 1920’s…


    • I really covet the hard copy Italian edition, Randallo, but it wouldn’t get anywhere near the use the little book does! I especially liked the well head, and the paving in that corte.


  8. I love the 14th century laundry on the line. Should be dry by now ! xox ❤


    • Ralphie! You were in the Spam folder in between an ad for Viagra and another that promised me wealth untold. Phew, you keep interesting company.

      You’re the only one who recognised the age of that bed linen. I’ll collect it and send it to you when I’m next there, as your prize. It may be a bit faded by then. Cheers oxo ❤


      • Thank you for unspamming my comment. Yes, it was interesting, but listening to hours of sales pressure gets boring after a while.
        I have no need of bed linen. A bed would be handy 😉 xox

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  9. Fabulous pics. I love the colours.


  10. I’m looking for all these places on the map. Is it worth a day trip to Padua whilst we as in Venice?


    • Hi, Andrew. How long will you be in Padua? If you can spare the time, it’s certainly not a long trip to Venice by train.

      I’d suggest walking from the station into Campo Santa Margherita (it’s not far!), and starting from there. There are lots of good little bars and cafes to keep your blood sugar level high! There are a number of the dwellings I’ve mentioned, in and around the campo. Walk to the Zattere and enjoy a stroll along the broad fondamenta there. (Again, more bars and ristoranti!)

      Depending on your time in Venice, and the hordes you might encounter, a vaporetto trip the length of the Grand Canal is a nice way to see many of the palazzi, and to appreciate how busy that water way is. It’s not a pleasure if you’re crowded into the vaporetto like a sardine. If you want to see the Piazza San Marco, try to go in the late afternoon, after the cruise and tourist bus mobs have left.

      Please feel free to ask questions, there are a number of people here on my blog who will give all sorts of tips.


      • Thanks very much Yvonne. We have 5 days in Venice and thought to sacrifice one to Padua. As we have been to Venice before we will not spend too long in PSM. I like to go out very early before the crowds. We have booked a water taxi to our hotel (arm and a leg job) so I guess we will see a lot of the GC anyway. I want to go to Burano and Murano as we didn’t last time. I’m very excited 😜


      • I’m so sorry, Andrew. I had it all back to front! (Darned one-eyed Venetian fans.)

        Yes, it’s worth going to Padua, I believe. The Scrovegni Chapel, the Basilica and just the general city will repay you for a quiet, slow visit there. It’s pedestrian friendly, which is a treat.

        I look forward to hearing about your visit. Are you going elsewhere in Italy?


  11. Jo

    Yvonne, can you please tell me where I can obtain a copy of this booklet – it is fascinating to be able to date the buildings and to find out their history.
    Thanks for keeping us so well informed!


  12. Fascinating insights to a beautiful area of Venice, thanks!


  13. Very interesting architecture. All Your photos are so beautiful.

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