Unconsciously following the route that Aurelio Zen takes when returning to his native city, I encountered not the “wedge-shaped campo”, but an altogether differently shaped opening, with an altogether different piece of Venetian building at the other side. What purpose the stilts that supported the upper floor? Even Acqua Alta does not justify such a precaution.
Michael Dibdin describes the area thus:
…midway between the station and the slaughterhouse, and most local men worked for one or the other.
I can’t imagine the appeal of this building to either profession.
- Zen and the Art of Political Corruption (susanonthesoapbox.com)