Ever wonder how the piles that define Venetian parking places were once driven into the soft canal bed? (When you didn’t have the mechanized version handy, I mean.)
Easy: you found a big strong he-man, gave him an attrezzatura (implement) created just for such a task, and…
Keep in mind that that there are estimates of up to a million piles beneath the Salute, each one driven in place by a batipali.
I am sure these guys were all happy to see the hydraulic pile drive come along, but personally, I’m sorry I missed this. At least we have the enduring image).
Photo courtesy Arzanà.org