Within the sq. of Campo dei Mori in Venice there are three stone statues positioned within the. Legend has it that the three brother retailers had been cursed and turned to stone, along with their camel.
In Venetian legends, there are a lot of tales of individuals being cursed, usually by greed, and that is one in every of them.
Round 1100 AD there have been 3 wealthy retailers named Rioba, Afani and Sandi making an attempt to promote material by Palazzo Mastelli at Campo dei Mori sq..
Sior Antonio Rioba collectively along with his brothers got here from Morea which was the Venetian title for the Peloponnese in Greece. They had been very wealthy silk and spice retailers of the Mastelli del Cammello household who constructed your entire space and had a home close by named ‘the Home of the Camel’. They had been known as Mastelli as a result of they had been recognized to have ‘Hundreds of tubs of gold cash’.
Nonetheless the material they had been promoting was poor high quality in comparison with the value they tried to promote it for. In some variation of the legend, Sior Antonio Rioba and his brothers had been additionally bankmen that scammed their prospects by excessive priced loans.
They tried to rip-off this native previous girl to purchase one in every of their materials one they, or give her a mortgage, relying on the variant of the legend. They informed her that this strange material was one of the best yarn in Venice and the Lord might flip them into stone in the event that they didn’t inform her the reality. She was not too long ago a widow and took over a tailoring workshop, and he or she knew what a superb high quality material was. When she came upon their plan, she cursed the cash she gave them by praying to Mary Magdalene to assist her. This turned the three males, together with their camel, into stone and are nonetheless standing there to at the present time.
Within the nineteenth century, one of many statues misplaced his nostril and was changed with a nostril of iron. Venetians consider that should you contact the nostril of the statue of Sior Antonio Rioba, you’ll have good luck in enterprise.
It’s mentioned that typically at night time, you’ll be able to hear Sior Antonio Rioba lamenting about his grief, and should you put your hand on his stone chilly chest, you’ll be able to nonetheless hear a coronary heart beating ceaselessly confined to his nook at Campo dei Mori.