The narrowest street in Venice and its mysteries

Tuesday, the 3rd of November.

Finally free from my exams (God help me with the results), I decided to have a look around and spend the rest of the day with myself, wandering around Venice. I had a few destinations in mind, among which the narrowest street in Venice, or “calle” using the local word.

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This street is located in the sestiere of Cannaregio, past the buzzing paths crowded of tourists, after a series of intricate alleys. The place gets more and more deserted, until you reach it: Calle Varisco, the narrowest calle in Venice.

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The dead-end (or should I say water-end?) street is just 53 cm wide and is surmounted by little arches, whose aim and meaning were to represent both the property by the same individual or family of two neighbouring buildings or to underline the kinship between the two families living in the connected buildings.

According to legend, it is not possible for a murderer to walk the calle without being crushed by the walls, which would near to one another until they manage to kill him or her and, by doing so, punish his or her impure soul.

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