One of things I did ask our guide when we were in Venice, concerned the huge chimney pots that filled the skyline of the city…..her answer, to stop the sparks from spreading and causing fires. Yes of course, houses so close together, fire would spread so quickly. I believe there were great fires in the past “The Great Fire” of 1105, “The Rialto Fire” of 1514, “The Arsenale Fire” of 1569 were all monumental, widespread fires that each destroyed a large area of Venice. So hopefully these chimney pots go along way to help stop fires, although the buildings now no longer have straw roofs…which does help.
Venice October 2016