photo by Sean Antonioli In the Castello district, on the fondamenta just east of Piazza San Marco, between the Rio del Vin and Rio dei Greci canals, there is a most dramatic and impressive statue of Vittorio Emanuele II.
This statue was sculpted by the famous Italian sculptor in 1887.
Vittorio Emanuele II was the first king of a United Italy. His reign lasted from 1861 until his death in 1878. Prior to that he had been king of Piedmont, Sardinia and Savoy, beginning in 1849 and spanning until his coronation as king of all Italy.
This isn't the only statue in honor of Italy's first king. There are several of them in other cities in Italy. One of the most well known dedications is the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome.
This shot, taken by Sean Antonioli, is a great silhouette image.
I'm guessing Sean got up pretty early to get this photo.