"Avanti! Avanti! (Forward)" Did I just hear a battle cry from the past? As my waterbus approached the Rialto Bridge on the grand canal, I found myself thinking about the time in history when Venice was a maritime power (13th-15th century).
Rapidly expanding its territories in its heyday, Venetian Republic fought many wars. The area near the Rialto Bridge must have seen a lot of activities back then as merchants came to a market here from different corners of the world.
In this regard, nothing much has changed as many people are still visiting here from all over the world. And the nearby market is just as busy. In this peaceful time, if there's anything close to a war, that may be when one tries to board a very crowded vaporetto (waterbus).
"Avanti! Avanti!" goes the voice of a conductor telling passengers to move forward to make room for more passengers.
Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy III
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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)