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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37 thoughts on “Venice

  1. I’d love to visit Venice one day. So far, the closest I’ve come is riding the gondola at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas (haha).

  2. It was interesting watching the videos and learning some things about Venice I didn’t know about. Venice looks like an interesting place to visit. Love the pictures!

  3. Beautiful, not sure I would like to have to get around by boat all the time. Thank you for sharing, loved the videos and photos.

  4. Venice is such a beautiful, lively, colorful, rich city. My daughter received her proposal of marriage there!! Was quite a fun time as her parents we were texting across the world our permission! Such special memories!

  5. I cannot even imagine how glorious Venice must be. To think of the history and the pride of the people is truly staggering.

  6. I love the sunset pictures! Venice was an amazing city to visit and explore, but I gotta agree, it’s hard to find a time that isn’t packed with tourists. So much history walk alongside. I hope to go back someday.

  7. The pink-toned buildings at sunset is my favorite.

    I believe on the other post, I mentioned I have one of those masks brought back by my brother. I have two younger brothers, the middle was in the Army and stationed at the Air Force base nearby. The youngest visited him while he was there. I had young children at the time, so no money or time to visit.

    denise from maryland

  8. I agree with the comments that have been posted, do I won’t repeat them.

    But, the one thing I’ve always wondered is: How come multiple children and adults don’t drown every day?

    Maybe they do, but not reported since it would be bad for the tourist biz.

  9. Auto correct is my nemesis!!!!!
    Three times I had to retype “thing” because it kept changing to THONG!
    Not going to bother changing the little blips… auto correct wins this round.

  10. Venice is absolutely beautiful and an absolute heartache for me. It is the one place my brother planned to visit…sadly he never made it. One of his daughters went after he passed beyond the veil, taking some of his ashes. I don’t think I could have gone…not even Carnival could make it anything but bittersweet.

    Drea – South-central Arizona

  11. Venice is lovely, I enjoyed visiting over 30 years ago. I liked St. Marks Square, the glass factory, the gondola ride, my first and only Italian pizza.

  12. I had the privilege of visiting Italy some years ago now and Venice was an incredible experience. I loved the whole country so much I never wanted to come home. The food, the sights, the weather, oh my!

  13. I have wanted to visit Venice and ride in the gondolas! I was told by someone who was there for their honeymoon that they were very expensive to ride in though. I also heard that it isn’t known for its food.

  14. Venice is very pretty. Just don’t go during Spring Break. It is very crowded. I love the mask and glass blowing merchandise.

  15. Wow, I just love how you capture the beauty behind the lens. The colors are so vibrant. I always wanted to live in a colorful place. I’m from the Caribbean and I always complaint how gray Upstate NY is. I’m the defiant one in my neighborhood who wants to pain my house mint and everyone is telling me no. Thank you for sharing :’)).

  16. One of the funny things that happened to me in Venice was when I asked how to get to a restaurant that was pretty far away I asked ” How to I get to My restaurant? I kept getting the answer “Take a Taxi”. Finally I realized the taxi they kept telling me to take was a motor boat. Sure enough, I found a water taxi and took off, I LOVE Venice. I see what is happening to the city with the water rising I worry one day Venice will be gone.It would be a great loss for the world.

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