Whe Biagio begged him to release the girls, Satan said he would consent, but only if Biagio's arms could embrace the entire world. Magically, the fisherman's arms flew from his body, and, assisted by cherubim, circled the globe. Satan, stunned, disappeared, leaving Biagio and the girls unharmed.
Another piece of memorable Venetian graffiti, this time not far from the church of San Canciano. Scratched into a column, the graffiti commemorates the "great freeze" of 1864, when "people could walk across the ice as far as the island of San Michele". Supposedly, the ice on the lagoon was so thick that year it could bear sledges.
The Venetians loved nothing better than to see, and to be seen; how else to explain the extraordinary number of spyholes around the city? This tile can be found on the first floor of the Casa Goldoni, and was used by the owner of the house to see who was arriving at the gate below.
This wooden door at the Hotel Metropole is part of what was once a "foundlings' wheel", set in the wall of a former convent on the site. Parents would abandon their children in a kind of rotating cradle, which then brought the foundlings inside.
The garden of the former Palazzo Rizzo-Patrol, now the Hotel des Doges, is home to an old icehouse which is almost hidden away behind shrubbery. Built from brick, it would have been filled with blocks of ice and used to keep food for the palace cool.
When visiting the fish market, it's also worth casting a glance upwards to admire the ornately carved columns around the exterior. They are decorated with all kinds of sea creatures, from lobsters, to squid, to seahorses, while one shows boats laden down with vieri (the large baskets traditionally used to carry fish to market).