Venice

Venice, Italy

In an earlier post, I featured masks from the annual Carnival of Venice. In the background of a few of the photos was the beautiful, extraordinary city of Venice so it was only a matter of time before I returned to this unique ‘lagoon’ city. Venice has over 25 miles of canals and is a car-free zone. Transportation is all by water, whether the water-buses, water-taxis or the famous gondolas. If it has one major problem, there are too many tourists in the busiest times of year. Yet, who doesn’t want to see this land of enchantment?

This 5-minute video is a personal look at Venice. Here’s a 3-minute video featuring the food of Venice, really fun. Finally, we’re back with Rick Steves again and a 24-minute video of all aspects of Venice from history, to monuments, to traveling the canals. 

FunFacts about Venice: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges, of which there are 400. The islands are located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon, an enclosed bay that lies between the mouths of the Po and the Piave rivers. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Source)
  • Here is how Venice was constructed, quote: Venice, Italy, is known by several names, one of which is the ‘Floating City’. This is due to the fact that the city of Venice consists of 118 small islands connected by numerous canals and bridges. Yet, the buildings in Venice were not built directly on the islands. Instead, they were built upon wooden platforms that were supported by wooden stakes driven into the ground. (Source)
  • The name, Venice, is from the ancient Veneti people who lived in the region almost 3000 years ago.
  • Venice has many nicknames including, quote: “Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” “City of Masks,” “City of Bridges,” “The Floating City,” and “City of Canals.” (Source)
  • Venice was a powerful Mediterranean maritime power in the 15th Century.
  • Venice was the birthplace of Antonia Vivaldi. His most famous work is the Four Seasons.
  • Venice has over 400 bridges.
  • St. Mark’s Square is the center of Venice.
  • The winged-lion is the symbol of Venice.
  • 25 miles of canals crisscross the city of Venice all leading to the Grand Canal.
  • The foundation of Venice consists of millions of pilings all driven into the clay below the water.
  • In 1630, when the plague roared through Europe, Venice leaders voted to build Santa Maria della Salute in hopes of averting further catastrophe. The church is a landmark and quite beautiful.
  • Venice is a city of palaces and the biggest, best and brightest face the Grand Canal.
  • The Rialto Bridge is one of 4 main bridges that cross the Grand Canal. The Rialto is the commercial center of Venice.
  • Giacomo Casanova is one of Venice’s most famous sons. He was born in Venice in 1725, was a friend to Mozart and eventually wrote the Story of My Life which is considered a clear reflection of life in the 18th Century.
  • Venice suffers flooding during the seasonal acqua alta when unusual high tides reach the northern Adriatic Sea.

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