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5 Fun Facts about Venice, Italy

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Almost everyone I know wants to visit the city of Venice in Italy for a number of good reasons.

Venice, Italy

Some want to experience Italy’s well-preserved culture, others to tie the knot (yes, couples do go to the so-called “City of Romance” to get married), and some to simply have a wonderful time exploring the city’s laidback lifestyle. Aside from the wonderful things stated above, what made Venice more interesting and well-known around the world is the fact that it is surrounded on all sides by water. So what are you waiting for? Read on and I’m sure these fun facts are more than enough to make you want to go to the “Queen of Adriatic”, Venice!

1. Geographically Unique

Venice captured the impression of a magical floating city by setting wood pilings on the 118 submerged islands in the Northern end of the Adriatic Sea. 400 foot bridges and 170 boat canals connect the city to make it easily accessible to the local populace.

Fun fact: Many famous people in history were born in Venice including the playwright and famous lover Giacomo Casanova, the explorer Marco Polo, and composer Antonio Vivaldi.

2. Get Lost on a Scenic Maze

Venice can be compared to a one big adventure. Once you are caught in the winding and seemingly endless streets and bridges of confusion, you would have no other choice but to keep on walking— which is actually a good thing! There’s no better way to explore Venice than getting lost and be surprised in what it has to offer at your every turn.

Fun Fact: Breaking away from the sea of tourists flocking at the city center in Piazza San Marco and heading for the narrowest alleyways is the greatest way to discover Venice! Don’t forget to bring a good map though.

3. Gondola, Gondole! (Gondola, Gondolas!)

Taking a trip to Venice and failing to ride a Gondola is like going to France and ignoring the Eiffel tower. These traditional and symbolic boats have been used as transport around the narrow Venetian waterways for more than 10 centuries. Evolving and perfected through time, Gondolas are designed to be easily operated by a highly-skilled oarsman known as a Gondolier.

Fun fact: Only 3 to 4 Gondolier licenses are issued annually. To qualify, applicants must be able to finish an extensive training after passing a rigorous exam. There are only 400 licensed Gondolas operating in Venice today.

4. Venice’s Cursed Palace

Ask your tour guide or anyone who knows the city well about the eeriest place in Venice and I’m sure they will point you at Ca’Dario, a Palazzo with an attractive Venetian Renaissance architecture along Grand Canal. The series of unexplainable deaths which seem to affect all of its owners first started way back when the structure was built in 1847.

Trivia: It has been said that the latest victim of the curse is John Entwistle, famed bass guitarist of “The Who.” John was leasing Ca’Dario during his untimely death in 2002.

5. Rialto Market

The Pescaria (Fish section) and Erbaria (Vegetable and Fruit section) make up the whole of Rialto Market. This is the place to go if you want to see the local lifestyle or buy a newly-caught fish from the Adriatic Sea, garden-fresh vegetables, and colorful flowers in Venice. It is best to walk around Rialto Market early in the morning, when the crowds are thin.

Fun fact: Remember to never ever touch the produce!!! This does not only apply in Rialto market, but in the whole of Italy. Ask the vendor of what you want and they’d be more than happy to give their best products to you.

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Photo of Venice by Barabeke

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Venere Travel Blog writer allan dumayas

Allan is a visual artist and freelance writer based in Manila, Philippines. He loves to incorporate art and writing by playing with words and turning them into "picturesque" paragraphs. He also fancies traveling and eating bizarre foods and is always in search of a good drinking buddy.

24 responses to “5 Fun Facts about Venice, Italy”

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  1. im itlalian says:
    June 29th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    hiiii i love ITALY YAY ITALY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Benie says:
    July 19th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    thanks 4 the info!

  3. deneal says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    hey, thanks for the info- i’ve never traveled to italy before but i always dream of going there:] it looks lovely and reminds me of places out of fairytales and dreams. it’s a remarkable city that is hard to believe is real.

  4. Allan Dumayas says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Italy, especially Venice is one of the most romantic places in the world. It’s one of the many must visit places before you die. thanks for reading my post and leaving a comment!

  5. Karen Underwood says:
    June 19th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I’ve always dreamed of taking a vacation in Italy. Venice looks so romantic. Hopefully one day my dream will come true.

  6. versa says:
    July 6th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    boooooooring…..

  7. david says:
    July 18th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    hi, venice is very beautiful

  8. Chocoholic says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Hey thanks. I have this assessment and I have 2 have an Italian Brochure and it’s on Venice. You have been a great help and some day I dream of going there myself! :)

  9. zohreh naraghi says:
    September 10th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    i would like to go italy esp venice.

  10. bob says:
    November 10th, 2011 at 1:21 am

    hi every one i like pizza ! :P

  11. Becec says:
    November 25th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I’ve been to Venice and all that you siad is true

  12. Frenchie says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I am going to Venice at the end of next July. What kind of weather should I expect? what is the must see in Venice. I have 2 12year old girls, what will be a fun thing for us to do together. Something we will talk about until next year vacation? I want to have a whoah factor and enjoy the senic streets…. Gondola is a must, how much can I expect to pay for a party of 4?
    Thank you for any info you can provide me…
    Frenchie

  13. Daniele says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Hi Franchie, these articles could help you find more informations.

    http://www.venere.com/blog/activities-kids-venice-10722/
    http://www.venere.com/blog/venice-5-not-to-miss-10643/

    Don’t hesitate to contact us!

  14. fred says:
    April 26th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Maybe Ca Dario is cursed, but John Entwistle died in Las Vegas of a massive heart attack following a cocaine overdose. Maybe he was leasing the property at the time, but he was thousands of miles away! Anyway, fun stuff.

  15. Rob says:
    June 2nd, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Ciao :) I am processing photos I took in March and some are from atop Campanile di San Marco. I have never seen this before so I have been inquiring about it. The city site is not functioning very well and the e mail is not functioning at all. My question is about submarine S 513 which is on top of a building which appears to be about 2Km from the port; however it is difficult to give the exact distance. I have learned the submarine is named Enrico Dandolo – completed 1968 – decommissioned 1993 – named after Enrico Dandolo Doge of Venice. But why is it atop this building? I find no museum which mentions it. Thank you for any assistance you may provide my curiosity.

  16. hi says:
    June 7th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    hi omazing comments like totally!!

  17. HAI says:
    January 17th, 2013 at 3:35 am

    whaddup. im doing venice for a project. very helpful :) :P :D

  18. SassiItalyTours says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 2:23 am

    “Only 3 to 4 Gondolier licenses are issued annually. To qualify, applicants must be able to finish an extensive training after passing a rigorous exam. There are only 400 licensed Gondolas operating in Venice today.”

    A small industry they are *very* protective of!

  19. Aria says:
    April 1st, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    So cool thanks for the info

  20. J Halliwell says:
    August 5th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I would like to stay in Venice for 2 to 3 Days after a Cruise. But am not able to walk with my Suitcase so is there a way I can get to a Hotel from the Ship without lugging my Luggage. Plus could someone recommend a Hotel that neither needs walking with my Luggage both from the Ship to the Hotel & from the Hotel to the Airport.Any help would be appreciated. Thank You

  21. Philip Benis says:
    January 1st, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I am Philip Benis, a Yoga Teacher from Pondicherry, India. In 2012 October I had a chance to see this wonderful city. People from the village where I run a goat farm training are unable to believe that a city can be in water. Only when they saw my photos they beieved. Great city. People are also cordial.

  22. bea ramirez says:
    March 1st, 2014 at 4:10 am

    i wanna go to italy <3

  23. talkalot says:
    March 10th, 2014 at 5:33 am

    same as chocoholic i have to create a broshure for school. so helpful!!:) anything for the carnival?
    #thanks#dream home

  24. Corinna says:
    March 26th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Great tips for visitors! Venice means walk a lot, getting lost and wondering trhough the ‘calli’ (narrow streets are called this way) …but don’t forget to ‘andare per bacari’ to taste the real essence of Venezia, try the best Spritz and eat like a local! ;)


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