Old words hidden on a bridge parapet

2 June, 2009

Looking carefully at the iron parapet of the Borgoloco bridge (close to Santa Maria Formosa) you can see these three letters: W V E.

borgoloco parapet

borgoloco parapet

In Venice it’s said that it means W Vittorio Emanuele II, the King of Piemonte (1849-1878) and then of Italy, when Italy was created in 1861.
Venice became part of Italy in 1866, the bridge is surely oldest, but we don’t know when the parapet was build,  so we don’t know if these letters was a bravery act towards the Austrian or a celebration.

One Response to “Old words hidden on a bridge parapet”


  1. Well, if it were today, you could be sure it was an act of defiance … would the same psychology apply back in the mid-19th century, I wonder?


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