So this post is our light-hearted view of Venice in Italy.It has some of the interesting stuff, a few trivial facts, and our thoughts on this captivating city of weaving waterways.
Let’s start with the Truths about VeniceThe enchanting city of Venice is nestled in a lagoon within the Adriatic Sea. It is located in the beautiful Veneto region in the northeast of Italy. Strolling the lanes of Venice is like wandering through an open-air museum.
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The magnificent city of Venice was founded in the 5th – century. Its years of ancient history can be found along every narrow alleyway and around every hidden corner.
Venice and its Lagoon was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Venice is still monitored closely by UNESCO, especially around the concerns of over-tourism, which is causing severe damage to the city.
Incredibly Venice is built on a group of 118 small islands and has over 400 bridges linking them together. It felt like we wandered over most of them after three days.
During the Middle Ages, Venice became a vast influential power within the maritime industry.
Venice’s main cemetery lies on its own island, ‘Isola di San Michele’, located between Venice and Murano. You can hop off the Vaporetto and make a visit.
Fra Mauro, a Venetian Camaldolese monk and cartographer, created one of the most significant historical maps of the world in the mid-15th - century. Marking the end of Bible-based geography.
The beautiful island of Murano is world-renowned for its production of glassmaking. Venetian glassmakers moved to Murano in 1291, and their legacy ensures that glassmakers have continued to create the most spectacular pieces of work to this day.
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Venice Up Close
Venice is the perfect location for an Italian mini-break, especially in spring. There are so many delightful piazzas to discover, meandering canals to stroll along and incredible architecture to admire.
There is much to love about Venice, the “City of Bridges”.
Venice is incredibly easy to explore on foot as long as you don’t mind criss-crossing the maze of charming bridges and getting lost in the labyrinth of enchanting lanes. But hey, that’s the fun of Venice.
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So, what’s this Venice Trivia then?The ancient city of Venice, with its captivating air of mystery, breath-taking Venetian architecture and an overriding lure of style and elegance.
Did you know?
- Giuseppe Cipriani, the owner of Harry’s Bar in Venice, invented the bubbly cocktail the Bellini. The delectable drink is served in a Champagne glass, made up of 2 parts Prosecco and one part peach puree.
- From 2023, day-trippers to Venice will have to pay €10 a ‘tourist tax’ to enter the historical city. You will be required to book in advance; in other words, “if your name’s not down, you’re not coming in”.
- That Venice’s world-famous annual masked carnival finishes at midnight on Shrove Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent, Ash Wednesday.
- The remarkable explorer and merchant Marco Polo was born in Venice in 1254. Also, the Italian adventurer, author philanderer Giacomo Casanova was born in Venice in April 1725.
- Ponte dei Pungi, the Bridge of Fists, is where for many centuries, rival Venetian clans would come knuckle to knuckle with each other and typically end up in the canal. This unusual tradition ended in 1705 when, unfortunately, one confrontation ended in a bloodbath.
- You thought there were a lot of gondolas today; well, in the 1500s, there were around 10,000 different types of gondolas. Towards the end of the 19th – century, there were an estimated 4,000; now there are roughly 400.
- The family-run Domenico Tramontin & Figli gondola boatyard, founded in 1884, is still building and repairing gondolas today. It’s fascinating to watch.
- There are beaches in Venice. Head to the Lido di Venezia where the Venice Film Festival is held annually, and you’ll be topping up your tan with sand beneath your feet
Venice is famous for?Well, to be honest, Venice doesn’t really have a specific dish of the city per se; however, we’ve certainly had some lovely foodie experiences.
Food and drink
If you're lured by beautiful architecture and meandering waterways I urge you to visit Venice. I found this DK Top 10 Pocket Travel Guide invaluable, they're extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into a voyage of discovery.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our wanderings around Venice, now you can grab the revised copy.
See & Do in Venice
In the movies
Where we stayed in Venice
Value for Money
Our value for money index.
Don't forget we're Londoners, and that means our baseline is quite high.
What to experience in Venice
- Venice is somewhat unique in the fact that you have to walk everywhere, although, to be perfectly honest, it’s the best way to discover the beating heart of a location. Don your comfy shoes and wend your way aimlessly through the narrow winding streets.
- Ensure you visit the Rialto food market, on the banks of the magnificent Grand Canal. The bustling market can also boast of having the astounding backdrop of the Rialto Bridge; food shopping doesn’t get much better.
Venice Visitor Info
- For more information on Venice, why not check out the Italia tourist board website.
Getting around town
What's it like discovering the city? Is it walkable? do you need to use public transport? did we leave with weary feet?
As you would expect, the streets amongst the lagoon islands of Venice are pedestrian-only. To experience Venice from a different perspective, enjoy a Gondola ride through the captivating canals.
To visit Venice’s outer island, hop aboard a Vaporetto. I highly recommend planning your journey earlier in the morning as these convenient waterbuses can get pretty busy if you are heading to Murano and Burano.
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