Dining in the district of the Courtesans

7 05 2011

In the Republic of Venice, prostitution was tolerated and even incentivated.

In the 14th and 15th centuries, Venetian courtesans were obliged to live in restricted areas: one was placed near Rialto Bridge and it was called “Castelletto” and the second one, named “Carampane”, was in the San Polo district.  This name derives from Ca’ Rampani, the houses owned by the Rampani family where the courtesans used to stay. The term “carampane” was also used to define the prostitutes themselves.

In this area another element reminds what this district was famous for: the Bridge of the Boobs (Ponte delle Tette), where the courtesans where allowed to show their brests to attract men and try to to contrast homosexuality, which was unaccepted by Venice government.

Ponte delle tette

The Bridge of he Boobs in Venice

Near the bridge, there is one of the best restaurants I’ve never been so far: Antiche Carampane.

It is sited in a quiet and characteristic calle (venetian street), out of the most touristic areas.

Antiche Carampane

Antiche Carampane restaurant

The price may be a little high, but the food I had there was excellent and also the atmosphere is really nice.

The menu includes almost exclusively fish and the variety of dishes is more or less the same you can enjoy in many other restaurants in Venice, but the taste and the quality of food was special!

Trattoria Antiche Carampane
San Polo 1911 – 30125 Venezia

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 Polo, 1911 – 30125 Venezia

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