June 12, 2013, News, Notes, Tourist Attractions & Destinations, Travel & Tourism, Veneto, Venezia

Venice sights on the clothesline

They are not normally included in guidebooks, but to me Venice sights on the clothesline count among the major attractions of the lagoon city.

Ask any Italian housewife and she will tell you that mechanical driers are a menace designed to ruin the fabric of your clothes. Even the spin in the washing machine should be avoided which explains why the RPM of my Danish washing machine is double as fast my Italian washer. From an Italian point of view laundry should be washed at high temperatures with lots of detergent and hung outside to air and dry. The laundry is not a statement against global warming but a sign of good housekeeping, which is all very well when you don’t need to worry about a cold, rainy climate.

venice sights on a clothesline

To me the outdoor clothes lines have become a symbol of Italy. Especially old cities like Napoli and Venice where colourful garlands of socks and shirt sleeves crisscross the narrow alleys or ‘calle’ that mark the paved back entrance of the houses, while the front door face the canals. Along house fronts strands of laundry connect the windows belonging to one apartment allowing a glimpse of the tenants’ private life to be visible in public. It is not hard to deduct age, family size and social status from the items on a clothesline.

That makes clothesline studies so highly entertaining and recommendable as one of the free characteristic Venice sights.

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21 Comments

June 12, 2013 9:06 pm

Leigh

I can never get enough clothesline shots. I love them and personally I much prefer how the clothes smell if they’ve been dried outdoors.

June 15 2013 10:28 am

admin

Yes, the Italian housewives do have a point. Proper airing makes a difference.

June 12, 2013 9:37 pm

Maria

Fun post and creative theme.

June 15 2013 10:27 am

admin

Thank you:)

June 13, 2013 10:00 am

Stefanie Claus (@azzurrodiary)

So true! I’m glad you chose the clotheslines in Venice – I am happy about any sign that there is live in the city, and not just tourists…

June 15 2013 10:26 am

admin

That's a good point:)

June 13, 2013 2:42 pm

Sophie

Quintessentially Italian, aren’t they…

Though I’m old enough to remember clothes lines here in Scandinavia, too (or clothes carousels). Still see them occasionally in summer.

June 15 2013 10:26 am

admin

We still have them in Denmark, though you don't see clothes hanging outside apartment blocks anymore.

June 13, 2013 9:09 pm

Venice sights on the clothesline | Good Things …

[…] […] To me the outdoor clothes lines have become a symbol of Italy. Especially old cities like Napoli and Venice where colourful garlands of socks and shirt sleeves crisscross the narrow alleys or ‘calle’ that mark the paved back entrance of the houses, while the front door face the canals. Along house fronts strands of laundry connect the windows belonging to one apartment allowing a glimpse of the tenants’ private life to be visible in public. It is not hard to deduct age, family size and social status from the items on a clothesline. […]  […]

June 18, 2013 6:35 am

Mary {The World Is A Book}

I have fond memories of clothes hanging out to dry in the Philippines growing up. I don’t remember having any clothesline shots in Venice but have quite a few in Burano. I may have been too busy admiring Venice’s doors and windows. Fun post, Mette!

June 18 2013 20:04 pm

admin

Thanks. Maybe we should do a blog carnival on clothes drying around the world some day?

June 19, 2013 1:14 pm

Jemma

The clotheslines make Venice more colorful. I think I should already stop using my washing machine and drier. ;)

June 20 2013 17:23 pm

admin

Good idea. Though it makes living in a cold, rainy climate seem even more unfair.

June 20, 2013 1:05 pm

Laurel

What a fun post! I think you can tell a lot by a person’s laundry which is why I hang mine hidden on my balcony. My washing machine in Germany is also much slower than mine was in Canada.

June 20 2013 17:27 pm

admin

Interesting thought, Laurel. I mean, we blog about our innermost thoughts, but won't the neighbours see our knickers:)

June 23, 2013 1:02 pm

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[…] […] To me the outdoor clothes lines have become a symbol of Italy. Especially old cities like Napoli and Venice where colourful garlands of socks and shirt sleeves crisscross the narrow alleys or ‘calle’ that mark the paved back entrance of the houses, while the front door face the canals. Along house fronts strands of laundry connect the windows belonging to one apartment allowing a glimpse of the tenants’ private life to be visible in public. It is not hard to deduct age, family size and social status from the items on a clothesline. […]  […]

June 26, 2013 6:45 pm

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[…] […] To me the outdoor clothes lines have become a symbol of Italy. Especially old cities like Napoli and Venice where colourful garlands of socks and shirt sleeves crisscross the narrow alleys or ‘calle’ that mark the paved back entrance of the houses, while the front door face the canals. Along house fronts strands of laundry connect the windows belonging to one apartment allowing a glimpse of the tenants’ private life to be visible in public. It is not hard to deduct age, family size and social status from the items on a clothesline. […]  […]

August 7, 2013 6:58 pm

Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans

Clothesline sightseeing – that’s such a unique angle! Although I use a dryer, I love the feel and smell of clothes dried on the line better than those dried in a dryer. I’d like to invite you to link up every Wednesday on my blog for Wanderlust Wednesdays. You can submit at the link below.

August 08 2013 17:15 pm

admin

Thank you for the comment and the generous invitation. I'd love to link up, but I am really pressed for time at the moment.

October 11, 2013 1:49 am

Stephanie – The Travel Chica

Never seen this perspective on Venice before. Love seeing a little of the “local” culture in such a touristy city.

October 13 2013 14:53 pm

admin

Twisting views is always a challenge wherever you go, and particularly in a much loved city like Venice.

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