On the south wall of the Doge’s Palace, you will find a unique sculpture of a face, below which an inscription reads: “De nontie secrete contro contrabandieri et transgressorio in ogni sorte di ogli” which translates from old Italian to: “Secret accusations against smugglers of any event.” This “mouth of truth,” as it was sometimes called, is a representation of a Venetian letterbox, which allowed citizens of Venice to anonymously lodge complaints and report crimes to the government. Venetian letterboxes were found throughout the city, and took on many different appearances, often depicting mythological figures. The Epcot version gets its inspiration from Bacchus, the god of wine.
Just a few feet away, a mysterious, yet enchanting female bust seems to guard a secluded staircase, just another of the many thoughtful tributes to the enormous cache of art treasures found throughout Italy. Viva Italia! Viva Imagineers!
Take a look at some other sights around Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort: