Shoo-devils

Scacciadiavoli, the campanile of San Bartolomeo, Venice
Tucked away in a dark, narrow alley behind the church of San Bartolomeo is a striking image of an old man's head. But this is no ordinary head; this is a scacciadiavoli. 

The head, with its long protruding tongue, guards the entrance to the church's bell tower. Scacciadiavoli (literally, shoo-devils) were commonly placed in such places to frighten away devils and other malevolent spirits. 

The orange fuzzy foam dates back to the last but one carnival! 

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