The Devil is in the Detail

Ferro di poppa, Gondola, Venice
The other day I spotted this beautiful example of a ferro di poppa, which is the iron decoration at the stern of the gondola. This is what it normally looks like (hence my delight at what I saw).
The ferro di poppa is much smaller than the more familiar ferro di prua (in Venetian, fero da próva or dolfin),  which is fixed to the prow of the gondola. 
Ferri di prua, Venice
The ferro di poppa, which is also known as il riccio di poppa (as it is thought to resemble a curly (riccio) tail), is hinged to enable the gondola to pass under a low bridge in the event of a high tide.   


  1. That's just beautiful. I'm glad you spotted it.


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