Life in Piccolo was typical of any small fishing port of the middle ages. The locals depended upon the sea for their livelihood, whether it was from fishing and the associated trade, or from the travellers that would visit the village looking for accommodation before continuing their journey by boat to distant lands.
Across the Adriatic Sea from Piccolo is the Croatian city of Split, an important hub of the Ottoman Empire. Although some travellers, crusaders and pilgrims stopped over in the village before making the journey over to Croatia, much more dangerous were the slave ships and naval forces of the Ottoman Empire that used Split as a transport hub. These ships would regularly journey near the town as they went on raids across Asia, Europe and Africa, and locals had to be on guard for the slave raids these ships would often carry out on coastal towns and villages such as Piccolo. As it was a coastal town there was a constant steady stream of visitors and travellers coming and going from the village, but the locals were always wary of outsiders.