Well, I never!
Well-heads are a common feature in most Venetian campi and recall a time, before the arrival of piped water in the 19th century, when rain water was collected in vast underground cisterns. Water was a precious commodity and the well-head was kept locked and only opened for a limited number of hours each day. The key was usually kept by the local parish priest.
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