|The Beaked Doctor, Tom and our guide, Matteo|
BTW - If you've read or want to read Dan Brown's newest book Inferno, it takes place part of the time in Venice, and the "Beaked Doctor" is an interesting part of the story.
WHAT IS THE BEAKED DOCTOR ABOUT? It's actually a long nose on a mask that appears like a large bird's beak. It was developed to help doctors in the 17th century treat plague victims. The entire outfit, mask and robes are called "The plague doctor's costume." It was to protect doctors from inhaling airborne diseases. The costume, originating in the 17th century, consisted of an ankle length overcoat and a bird-like beak mask often filled with sweet or strong smelling substances (commonly lavender), along with gloves, boots, a brim hat, and an outer over-clothing garment
|A street in Dorsoduro|
WALKING THE STREETS OF DORSODURO
We walked through hidden streets and over many little bridges,as canals are the streets of each island. Dorsoduro is one of the six sestieri of Venice, in northern Italy. Dorsoduro includes the highest land areas of the city and also Giudecca island and Isola Sacca Fisola.
The island was filed with small shops and restaurants. It was interesting to see that the water levels in the canals were right up to the doorways of many buildings.
|Water levels are at doorstop height|
We stopped at University Ca'Foscari Venezi, where Matteo explained erosion that has occurred and all of the restoration that has been ongoing throughout the city's structures for hundreds of years.
Since its foundation in 1868 it has been housed in the Venetian Gothic palace of Ca' Foscari, from which it takes its name. The palace stands on the Grand Canal. The institute became a university in 1968. It currently has eight departments and almost 19,000 students
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