The Gothic courtyardA precious and private corner
Calle Bembo ends with an ancient wall that conceals the Gothic courtyard of the bed and breakfast B&B Ca' Pier. In Venice, space has always been a luxury, many houses occupy places that were originally courtyards, gardens and allotments. The Gothic courtyard of B&B Ca' Pier is one of the few that have been preserved over the centuries.
The bell on the side of the entrance door is in the shape of a lion's head. Representations of lions are recurrent in the B&B Ca' Pier as in the whole Venice. Inside the courtyard two small limestone lions guarding the front door. Upon the entrance door there are two herms, one female and one male, on the top of the lintel is placed a devotional marble sculpture to protect the door.
From the entrance, looking to the right, you can see the small garden with ornamental plants, in the center of which is placed a mirror in the shape of a window, an usual solution in the secret gardens of Venice.
The B&B Ca' Pier Gothic courtyard is rich in marble sculptures and ornaments.
On the right, in garden soil is placed a bas-relief depicting the Saint Mark lion. In the center of the garden part of a column supporting a hexagonal marble newt mortar, decorated on the sides with lions' heads in relief. On the left, next to the staircase there is a marble sculpture of a man bent under the weight of a basket.
At the center of the courtyard there is a Venetian Gothic style wellhead, remarkable for the exquisite workmanship. On the left side, the porch is formed by two Verona red marble columns supporting the terrace on the first floor, enclosed by balustrade with marble columns and pillars.
On the opposite wall to the entrance of the courtyard there is the Gothic original stair, leading to the terrace and the entrance of the house. The stair retains the original marble bench and is supported by an ogival arch. The steps and handrail are also made of white marble, two small lions are placed at the beginning and the end of the handrail, to protect the house. On the wall above the first step of the ladder, a niche holds a glass mosaic portrait of a saint.
The staircase leading to the terrace, one of the happiest of the courtyard, sunny in winter and cool in summer. A lush jasmine covers part of the courtyard, the slope of the Gothic stair and propagates up to the terrace.
"Stones of Venice"
The venetian wells filtered and collected the rainwater. Private wells had a great value, often they was decorated with a very elaborate wellhead.
The Saint Mark winged lion was the emblem of the Republic of Venice for ages. The image of the lion is very loved by Venetians, it decorates precious jewels and humble t-shirt. Evidence of the past, lion representations are common both in public and private spaces.
Start from the Renaissance period the trend to decorate the italian gardens with allegorical representations of fantastic or monstrous creatures.
In Venice is very popular the character who carries on his shoulders a burden. In the Rialto market still exists a statue curved supporting a small scale. On ancient time, from here were announced laws.
The handrail of the Gothic staircase retains two small lions guarding the entrance to the house.