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.
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.