A Dragon and Three Glass Umbrellas

Marforio, an iron dragon and three glass umbrellas, Venice
It is a perfect visual aid for anyone trying to navigate their way through the labyrinth that is Venice.

High up on the corner of the Marzaria, where it debouches into Campo San Salvador, is an arresting artefact from the age of Art Nouveau. It takes the form of an iron dragon, which holds in its mouth three colourful glass umbrellas. The artefact originally belonged to a leather goods store called Marforio. The shop, which also sold umbrellas, started business in the 1870s, but closed down at the end of the twentieth century. 
Marforio, dragon umbrellas, Venice
Photo credit: Alinari


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