Mr. Allison found "an innumerable multitude of very handsome bridges" in Venice when he traveled Italy in the 18th century's earliest years.
All these bridges spanned the waters elegantly, of course, in a single arch, and no handrails rose to disturb the picture on either side — "a great inconvenience," Joseph Allison suggested, "to a city less sober than Venice."
It's a good thing, too, then, that those masks for carnival (about which festival the famous traveler will have something to say later in his book) leave tiny holes through which one can glance:
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