From the earth to the sky, Venice is an architectural feast for the eyes – even the chimney’s are fabulous. Why the shape? In ancient times many of the roofs were covered in straw, so that a simple spark would cause a fire. For this reason many chimneys were built with a truncated cone or inverted flue making it possible to cool the sparks. Next time you’re in Venice take a wine break at an outdoor café, daydream a little and enjoy the view, and take in the intricate skyline accented by the chimney pots.