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Another detail of significance: the bridges of Venice originally had no parapets. The parapets which you see were added long afterwards their building to prevent too many people from falling into the water!
This type of accident was so common that Il Gazzetinno, the newspaper of Venice, had in the past a daily chart which listed the names of people who had fallen into the water the previous day. There is one remaining bridge in Venice without parapets, it is in the sestiere of Cannaregio and spans over the rio of S. Felice: The Bridge of Chiodo. It is also necessary that you know that the bridges of Venice are also places of life.
If you notice, you will see that day and night, people stop on the top of bridges, to have a rest, to look at water, to smoke a cigarette, but also simply to speak to each other, as if they were better up high?
We even lived just beside a bridge in Venice and all the day and night we could note these behaviors of stopping atop the bridges. For this reason, I will share a small amusing anecdote.
Every night, at about 10 pm, a Venetian of about sixty years old came home after having obviously drunk too many glasses of ombra(wine). And systematically he stopped at the top of our bridge, faced the rio and ranted in loud voice for a good dozen minutes. The echo of his voice, amplified by water and facades of houses undoubtedly delighted him. Then, extremely satisfied he went home only to begin again the next night!,,,,,,,,,,(this is also Venice)
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