The 'Talking' Statues of Venice

In the Campo dei Mori, in the sestiere of Cannaregio, stands Sior Antonio Rioba, a statue who finds a place in every Venetian's heart.
In the Campo dei Mori, in the sestiere of Cannaregio, stands Sior Antonio Rioba, an ancient stone statue who finds a place in every Venetian's heart. 

Rioba was one of three brothers who, in 1113, arrived in Venice from the Morea (the name the Venetians gave to the Greek islands of the Peloponnese). He is often described as Venice's very own Pasquino (the most famous of Rome's 'talking' statues or statue parlanti). 

In an age before newspapers, views and comments (often facetious in tone) on current events were often attached to the statue.  
The so-called gobbo (hunchback) is also very well-known and can be found in the campo outside San Giacometto.
However, Sior Antonio Rioba was not the only statue in the city to enjoy this role; he was assisted by the Gobbo di Rialto and the Maròco de le pipone. The three statues were, in effect, the social media of their day. 

The so-called gobbo (hunchback) is also very well-known and can be found in the campo outside San Giacometto. The bent figure, who is not, in fact, a hunchback, supports the platform on which officers of the Venetian Republic once stood to read out proclamations etc. 

However, the Maròco de le pipone is a much less familiar (and much smaller) figure, even though he is to be found much closer to what was once the heart of political power, namely the Palazzo Ducale. 
The Maròco de le pipone is the name given to one of the carvings at the base of the column which supports the bronze statue of the winged lion in the Piazzetta San Marco, Venice.
The little melon seller is one of the tradespeople and artisans, who are carved into the bases of the two columns in Piazzetta San MarcoMaròco de le pipone sits at the base of the grey column, on which stands the winged lion of Saint Mark. 

Sadly, the passage of time has not been kind to the frutariol (fruttivendolo/fruiter) or his fellow traders. 

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