Fun Facts About Venice

Fun Facts About Venice

Whether you already visited Venice, or you’ve yet to visit this beautiful city, it is quite well known, and it probably conjures up an image of romance, canals and beautiful architecture.

However, there’s a lot about Venice that people don’t readily know. Check out our list of fun facts about Venice. How many did you know? How many were a surprise?

Venice is famous for its gondoliers.

Around 200 years ago, there were thousands of gondolas in Italy. Today, there are about 400 gondolas here. Amazingly, Venice only got its first female gondolier in 2010.

Venice is also famous for her canals.

There are 177 canals in Venice. These are the main transportation and communication routes. All the buildings have their entrance gates on the canal side. The Grand Canal is Venice’s most famous canal, which splits the city in two.

Venice is famous for her beautiful canals. It’s a great place to get lost!

High tide in Venice is known as Acqua Alta.

It is caused by two mischievous winds – Sirocco and Brora - which funnel waves from the Adriatic to the Venetian lagoon. Acqua Alta can look very picturesque, but can be quite a challenge for the locals. However, we are used to it as it’s been happening here since the 13th Century.

Venice at high tide – a floor made of water on Saint Mark’s square.

Historically, Venice is a place of sanctuary.

Those seeking refuge from the savage barbarians after the fall of the Roman Empire founded Venice. It then grew to be one of the most powerful maritime powers in history.

Venice was once a country. A republic in its own right.

It’s now part of Italy, obviously, but as we mentioned above, it was once one of the most powerful maritime powers, ever. By the 7th Century, it was a republic. Its wealth and prestige came from its trade links across the Adriatic and Mediterranean.

Find the cursed Palace.

Venice is famous for its beautiful architecture and glorious palaces. But, for one palace – Ca’Dario - there is a darker side. Since it was built in the 19th Century, each of its owners has met their end early one way or another. Locals believe that it may be cursed.

Venice’s church towers had a dual role as lighthouses.

They were usually used to call the faithful to service and to sound the time. However, the city that’s built on the sea also used them as lighthouses to guide ships. Fireguards were also stationed at the top of them, too.

The Campanile at Saint Mark’s Square – was also a lighthouse.

Venice is home to one of the narrowest streets in the world.

Caletta Varisco is just 53cm wide in parts. Seriously.

The first woman to ever graduate from University was from Venice.

Her name was Elena Piscopia and she was born in Venice in 1646. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Padua.

In keeping with the theme of firsts, Venice is home to the first ever casino.

The first European ‘gambling house’ was founded in Venice in 1638. It was set up by Venice’s Great Council to try to control illegal gambling during the Carnival Season.

Planning a trip to Venice Italy?

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We look forward to seeing you in Venice soon!

The team at Venice Events.