I finally found you!

I had read about this in Secret Venice a few years ago, but never seemed to be able to find it. Then I discovered I’d been looking in the wrong place!

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Here’s the little scamp: a rat someone had incised into the marble column several centuries ago. I wonder how long that took, and why he (I assume it wasn’t she) choseΒ  a rat to immortalise?

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  1. How delightful to have (and use) the time to seek out the minute detail. A nice contrast with our contemporary murine experience in Waikiki… I had to seek treatment for acute sinusitis and the cost of a visit by a local GP was (drumroll) US$3,275.00 !!! Thank the goddess for travel insurance.

    I’m embarrassed to admit my palpable relief in touching down in Australia – and I’m envious of your long stay in a place where your experience is not manufactured Hollywood style. Still, one lives and learns πŸ™‚

    Negative conclusion – ersatz Polynesia and ridiculously expensive.
    Positive conclusion – Hawaiian geography is actively volcanic and truly amazing.

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  2. Love it. Michelangelo Banksy wus there.

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  3. So sorry they (the tourists) have arrived. I do remember in 2013 around this time….maybe actually the 30th getting off the vaporetto at San Marco (coming from San Marcuola) because on top of the crowd the vaporetto was going exceedingly slow (I think their strike had been cancelled) and it was faster to walk back to my apartment in Castello. It had gotten to the point where I was sure I could swim faster than they were going and since it was December that wasn’t an option for me. It doesn’t help that New Year’s day is on a Friday this year which makes it a nice long weekend for a lot of people and they only have to use a few vacation days to “celebrate” in our favorite city.
    I’m assuming you won’t be joining the crowd in Piazza San Marco for the midnight kiss. Or, maybe you will;-)

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  4. It would be interesting to know the story behind the carving, and was the person able to do it without being spotted. It’s pretty clever.

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  5. At least the person was a competent enough artist that other people in this thread can meaningfully discuss the exact species. If I’d made the carving, the discussion would be more like:
    “It’s a frog!”
    “No, it’s a banana!”
    “Could it be a pencil?”

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  6. Graffiti? Where did you find your Secret Venice hints? πŸ˜€

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  7. Weasels are opportunistic animals. They are survivalists! In the 1940s we had them in the attics in the country homes that my family rented to get away from the city under bombardment ( World War two, yes I am that old! ). The wild weasels came into the attics where Winter fruit were kept and took advantage of the bounty… They came in from the trees surrounding the house and thru the roof. We heard them after dark scurrying about but never caught them. I rather like them. They have been made into pets and called ferrets.

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  8. This is great! It brings the pillar to life

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  9. That does not look like rat to me but like a wild weasel ( asothers said) or a shrew. In Italian I would call it ‘una faΓ­na’.

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  10. Of course I had to look up Rat on Wikipedia since I was there looking at lemmings anyway and most of them (the rats) are pretty cute. Okay, I’m an animal lover but then I think you all knew that.
    I’m kindly not sharing the link to the rat pictures.

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  11. You and Bruce are very shrewed, but personally, I think it’s a lemming….

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  12. Susie L

    That’s a great find, Y! It looks more like a weasel to me…

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  13. Bert

    Half a century ago I went to Lincoln (College) which it has its own Lincoln Imp. It has since been replaced by a new one. The old one is kept behind glass in a cellar.
    I’ve seen the “rat”. Do rats have wiggly tails? The ears and nose don’t look very rat-like, but it’s more like a rat than any other common creature, I suppose. That area at the end of Calle del Traghetto featured in the film “The Wings of the Dove”. Merton and Kate had what is known in these parts as a knee-trembler there.

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  14. What a fun thing to find! And how did the carver manage to do or undetected?

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  15. The real Secret is that it’s not really a rat. It’s a… it’s a… Oh I promised never to tell…

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  16. The RAT has always been the spirit animal of Venice. Long live Ratty!

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    • That made me chuckle, Linda. Today, I went to take out some rubbish to the big bins near the condominium. The lass in front of me screamed and called out “Pantegane!” (Rat). I moved a trifle more rapidly after that!

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      • I looked this up in my copy of Secret Venice and was reminded that even today there are five rats in residence for every Venetian. But I guess the tourists outnumber even the rats except at this time of year. They should be arriving for New Year’s Eve over the next couple of days….tourists, not rats.

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  17. Because of the plague maybe. Venice is the ideal place to do this game of finding small hidden treasures. In my two visits, I was delighted to find a few items from Lover of Venice site as well from BlueOscar and Alberto Toso Fei. πŸ™‚

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    • Those are two absolutely wonderful sources for discovering the unusual in Venice, aren’t they, Emma.

      I’ve neglected your blog for a few days, off I go to see what you’ve been up to!

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  18. A wild rat chase that paid off. Bravo!

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  19. Jane

    Wait….so where was it?

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  20. I love it when this sort of stuff turns up. Did you take a chisel with you to add a bit?

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  21. Do you Know about the Lincoln imp, Yvonne

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  22. We found the rat last year. Secret Venice is great.

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  23. Linda Bailey Zimmerman

    Brava Yvonne!!!

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