In the image below, you see the fish shape of Venice in the upper left hand corner, with the Lido to the right of the “tail” of Venice.
The last time I visited Chioggia, I got off the vaporetto at Pellestrina and spent some time just walking along the sea wall (murazzo) enjoying the quiet and sunshine. You can see what a narrow sliver of land Pellestrina is, with the Adriatic to the right, and the lagoon to the left.
Much of Pellestrina’s seafront is lined by a remarkable feat of 18th-century engineering known as the murazzi. These massive sea walls, designed to protect Pellestrina and keep high seas from crashing into the lagoon, represent Herculean handiwork from a preindustrial age.
Embedded into the wall is this incised marble with information regarding the massive structure. (Latin scholars, your help is sought to interpret the message which has come to us from centuries past.)
I was charmed by examples of recycling employed in the construction of the wall. I wonder where these lovely fragments came from, originally? Do they represent attempts to repair damage to the walls at some stage in its history?
I’m really looking forward to getting back to Chioggia, and also exploring more of the murazzi in Pellestrina or Malamocco.