The word graffiti derives from the Italian word for scratch; as early examples were scratched into the plaster coverings of buildings across the ancient world, or in some cases into the stone itself.  Though they were carved several centuries later, the discovery of runes inscribed into the marble of Hagia Sofia by the elite bodyguards of Byzantine Emperors is evidence of their Scandinavian origin.

Back in Venice the origins of the writers are probably even more diverse though less historically significant; unless Robert, Alessandro, Vicky, or Jose amongst others have a story they’d like to share…



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