anfora [Italian]

In Venice, 15ᵗʰ – 19ᵗʰ centuries, a unit of liquid capacity mostly used for wine, about 518.4 liters. It descends from the Roman amphora. opens a new page containing a chart that shows relationships between this unit and other units in its system The anfora is the largest Venetian wine measure Doursther discusses, but by the end of the 19ᵗʰ century the barila is the largest unit Nelkenbrecher reports in discussing the Venetian wine trade.

Doursther, 1840, page 14.
Nelkenbrecher, 1890, page 827.



Chongnio 1 1/3 di vino di Firenze fa in Vinegia anfora 1.

One and one-third Florentine cogni of wine is one Venetian anfora.

Chiarini, 1481. Borlandi, page 28.


Amfore una fa bigonzi 4; Bigonzo uno fa quarte 4; Quarta una fa sichii 4; Et uno sechio fa lire 4.

One anfora is 4 biconcia; one biconcia is 4 quarte; one quarta is 4 secchi; and one secchi is 4 lire.

Bartolommeo di Pasi.
Tariffa de' pesi e mesure con gratia et privilegio.
Venice: 1503.
As quoted in Edler, page 29.


Vino vi [in Venice] si vende ad anfora la quale è bocte una un terzo di mena e ogni anfora è iiij bigonce.

In Venice wine is sold by the anfora which amounts to 1 and a third botte di mena, and each anfora is 4 biconcia.

Chiarini, 1481.

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