This is the
first thing you absolutely need to know before entering Venice, this will help
you understand so many why.
buildings of Venice were built on a swamp, but how is it possible that after
centuries these buildings still stand on stilts? Yes, because Venice is an
immense pile dwelling.
In fact if
we turn Venice upside down we would see
millions of wooden poles, just like a forest with many trunks without branches.
This is why
Venice is unique in the world, it is actually built on stilts.
think that 11,000 poles were planted just to build the Rialto Bridge
of pine, oak or larch, were driven up to 7.5 meters into the bottom of the
canal in a mud called caranto, one next to the other. On top of the poles, two layers of 5 cm wooden planks were laid on
which the stone foundations were then erected.
remained stuck in the caranto in total absence of oxygen, therefore they
underwent a process of mineralization that managed to keep them intact for
centuries until today.
So, when you see a building that is a little
crooked it is possible that part of the foundation has given way under the
weight of the building.
can say …… floats … ..
The house construction began at the water level .
You can see a white stone at the water level. This stone is the Istrian Stone,
which was placed between the foundations and the habitable part to prevent
humidity from rising from the bottom upwards.
was built on more than 100 islands connected by over 400 bridges between them.
This is the
first thing to know about Venice, now you can enter but be careful, walk
lightly, as if you were walking on a roof of old tiles …….