11.654. This number doesn’t refer to the palazzi in Venice or their chimneys, but to the number of courtesans that lived and worked in Venice in 1509.
From Castelletto to San Cassiano
The courtesans carried out their work near the Rialto bridge in an area called “Castelletto” but in the 15th century they were dislodged and forced to live in the area around San Cassiano. There the girls/women showed themselves sitting on the windowsill, showing their bare breast, or even standing completely naked at the window to attract potential clients around the Ponte delle Tette (“Breast Bridge”, called like this because of the described practices).
It is said that there was even a law that permitted the prostitutes this practice to dissuade the male citizens from sexual practices with their consexuals and to increase their interest in the fair sex.
Piacere, mi chiamo Beatrice!
I grew up in the heart of the Alps, in Innsbruck, and decided in 2012 to move from the snowy Tyrolean peaks to the Venetian lagoon.
The travel-bug bit me during an Erasmus stay in France and so I decided after my University studies to start a backpack adventure through Canada.
After one year I said “good bye” to the American continent and moved to Venice (What you do for love!) and searched for a possibility to combine my passion for languages, travelling, culture and reading.
The solution? Four years ago I passed the governmental exam here in Italy to become a licensed tour leader and then a tour guide. Since then I’m guiding visitors through this fascinating city.