Arco della Costa
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Pete
Fredericksburg, VA1,201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
I’m surprised, my tour guide mentioned the connecting alleyway between Piazza Erbe and Piazza Signori, but not the bridge. I’m so happy I got a photo of the bridge. The bridge was essentially a safety net for the magistrate and legal personnel from any of the potential danger on the street below (especially at night). It was a connection between their residences and the law offices. It probably proved very useful for disturbing the public and drunkenness, during the middle of the night.
Written 31 May 2022
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,864 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
You will find it just in the center of the city in Piazza Erbe. There is an interesting leyend about this place
Written 19 September 2020
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j l
New York City, NY2,140 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
I was told it's an artifact brought back by Crusaders in Medieval time. It's some kind of whale bone. It's very easy to miss because it's high up on the gate.
Written 2 November 2016
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,682 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
This monumental arch provides an entrance to Piazza dei Signori coming from Piazza del Erbe. I never would have noticed the whale bone hanging from the arch if I hadn't read about this detail. It appears to be a rib and has been suspended there since at least the mid-1700s.

Stories abound about why the bone is there and whether it really came from a whale. The one that makes the most sense to me is that it is a whale bone and was primitive advertising for an ancient pharmacy below. It was believed that powdered whale bone had curative properties.

Aside from its unusual detail, this arch is not especially interesting. Historically, however, the bridge above the arch connects two buildings that allowed judges in the Venetian era to travel to and from court without going to the street, where they might be approached by corrupt individuals.
Written 5 January 2017
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JohnCarter
Halesowen, UK4,977 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
This is not an attraction as such, but you cannot score it low as it is such a nice arch! You pass it on one of the routes to and from Piazza Erbe. It is really just part of the overall beauty of this wonderful area of a great city.
Written 21 July 2015
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Dan T
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Surprised I didn’t get hit on the head by the bone as I walked underneath! Amazing that this has hung there for 3 centuries without falling!
Written 12 August 2019
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Aleksandar
Belgrade, Serbia8,215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
One can easily miss the whole thing, since the arch is pretty, but do not stands out too much, and you have to get close to notice the whale bone hanging from it.
Very interesting site, some sort of a quirky story.
Written 11 November 2017
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MikiIvo
Munich, Germany297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
We had to dig a bit in order to find some information about this landmark and here what we found out. The Arco della Costa, is actually a connecting bridge between the Domus Nova and the Palazzo della Ragione. During the Venetian era it allowed the judges, appointed by the central government of the Venetian Republic, to travel from their residence (Domus Nova) to the city court (Palazzo della Ragione), without having to go to the street where they could be approached by corrupt or not good-intentioned people.
It owes its name to a whale rib or perhaps ichthyosaur, which has been hanging there for centuries. There is not a certain story why it has been hung there and despite all the theories and interpretations this is a mistery. The bone is in its position at least since the seventeenth century.
According to some stories, it is a kind of relic carried from the Holy Land by crusaders of Verona and placed there as a trophy. Others believe it could be a fossil, perhaps found in the mountains around Verona and believed to be a bone of some mysterious monster, put in the center of Verona as a superstitious protection of the city. There are two other similar bones: in the Cathedral of Verona and inside the church of Santa Anastasia.
Written 27 May 2016
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Derek_Law
Glasgow, UK168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
One story is that it will fall on the head of the first virgin to walk underneath - and hasnt happened in 500 years!
Written 30 May 2023
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Pittsburgh, PA122,855 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
A Beautiful arch that everyone looks up at a whale bone hanging from the arch. I don't know the significance of the bone hanging from the arch but people come to see it.
Written 1 November 2017
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