If you’re planning a trip to the city of Venice, you’re about to visit one of the most beautiful gems of Europe. Even if it isn’t one of the largest cities of Italy, it is one of the most visited. Truth is, once you’ve seen it, it is not easy to forget about it! This beautiful Italian city truly is one of a kind, and if you don’t believe us, keep reading to learn some fascinating facts about Venice!
5 geographical facts about Venice
Venice is such a unique city, and that is mostly because of its geography. The city is completely surrounded by water, which adds lots of romanticism and beauty to its views. Let’s take a look at some of the geographical facts about Venice so you can learn about the nature of the city you’re about to visit!
- Lots and lots of bridges: Venice has more than 400 bridges, and around 70 of them are private. This means you won’t be able to cross them all! But there is still another interesting fact about the bridges of Venice: Did you know that the oldest ones don’t have steps because people moved around on horse up until the 16th century?
- And lots of islands too: One of the facts about Venice that makes it so unique is that is formed by 118 islands! No wonder so many bridges are needed!
- The problem of the ‘acqua alta’: If you see what the Venetians call ‘acqua alta’ you will probably find it beautiful… although it can be quite annoying for the locals! When the tides are too high and interact with the Sirocco, a type of wind, a few centimetres of water cover the streets of Venice.
- A very narrow street: Calleta Varisco is one of the narrowest streets in the world, and it is of course located in Venice. It is only 53 centimetres wide! The streets of Venice are truly one of a kind: they’re usually narrow and twisted, and it is easy to get lost in them. And did you know that there is a reason for that? The doors of the buildings used to be towards the canal, so the Venetians didn’t really care for the shape and path of the streets.
- 5. An S that cross the city: As you probably know, there are lots of canals in Venice: the most important one is the Grand Canal, which is S-shaped, crosses the whole city and is flanked by around 170 gorgeous buildings. It isn’t the only canal in the city, of course. One of the facts about Venice is that there are 177 canals in the city.
5 cultural facts about Venice
Yes, Venice is famous for its canals, and especially, for the fact that it is sinking – in fact, it does so at a rate of 1 or 2 cm a year, so make sure to visit it soon! But there are so many cultural particularities that make it unique as well. Don’t miss the following cultural facts about Venice:
- An interesting history: As many other Italian cities, Venice has a very interesting history… and a long one! It is thought that the city originated in the middle of the 5th century, so it is almost 1600 years old. During that time, of course, there was a golden age when the city had lots of power. It was during the times of the Republic of Venice, from the 14th to the 16th century.
- The Carnival of Venice… The famous Carnival of Venice is the time of the year when the city welcomes the largest amount of tourists. The festivity is thought to date from the 12th century and is famous for its elaborated masks.
- And its masks: The beautiful masks of Venice are probably the most famous of all the cultural facts about Venice. But did you know that there are three different kinds? They are the moretta, usually black, the larva, which tends to be white, and the bauta, which doesn’t always cover the whole face but still makes sure that the identity of the one who’s wearing it remains hidden.
- Gondolas for tourists: The beautiful gondolas aren’t the main means of transportation of the Venetians anymore, but they are the most popular among tourists. They are probably the main symbol of Venice, so you can’t miss out on a Gondola tour during your stay in the city.
- City of crystals: The Carnival masks aren’t the only artisanal things typical from Venice. The island of Murano is famous for manufacturing beautiful crystal and glass pieces. You can arrive there with a 15-minute ferry trip.
What did you think about these facts about Venice? If you want to add something interesting that you think we missed, we’ll be happy to read your comments!