Interesting facts about Venice

Posted on Aug 19, 2021      92

Romantic Venice is the most famous and interesting city in the water. There are other cities in the world pervaded by canals and rivers, but it is here that an incredible number of tourists flock every year. And it’s a pity that this wonderful place is slowly but surely going under water, and our descendants probably won’t see it anymore.

Facts about Venice

  • One of the most interesting and most visited places in Venice is the church of Santa Maria della Salute. Like other buildings here, it stands on stilts, which were installed during the construction of about a hundred thousand.
  • In the XVII century in Europe there was a terrible plague, one of the worst in the history of humanity. Then, about 30% of all citizens perished in the water in the city.
  • In the Middle Ages, it was considered beautiful to have white hair among the Venetian ladies of noble birth. They bleached it with horse urine, which contains a lot of ammonia (interesting facts about the Middle Ages).
  • The longest of the Venetian canals is the Grand Canal. Its length exceeds 3800 meters.
  • It is from Venice came Marco Polo, the great traveler who spent many years in Asia, and who introduced Europeans to the culture of China and Mongolia.
  • Italian city on the water is on the list of the most visited cities in the world. Each year, they arrive here to 15-18 million, despite the high prices.

  • Cemetery in Venice is only one. Because of a lack of land, burials are exhumed every seven years, after which the remains are moved to the columbarium and unknown places are freed up in the cemetery.
  • Judging by the speed with which the city is sinking under its weight, at the beginning of the next century it may completely go under water.
  • On stilts stand almost all the houses in Venice. Larch wood was used most often because it doesn’t rot in salt water. Building materials were brought here mainly from Siberia.
  • While most European cities are trying to promote bicycles, in Venice they are prohibited. The sidewalks are narrow almost everywhere and cyclists interfere with pedestrians.
  • A problem for the city is the high tides, which sometimes floods the lower floors of buildings. To reduce their level, even built a special marine structures, cutting off the waves.
  • Venice in its history has been rebuilt twice. The reason is simple - the buildings are slowly sinking, and the lower floors become uninhabitable.
  • In the heat, the Venetian canals smell unpleasant in many places. It slightly spoils the romantic atmosphere of the place.
  • Venice is considered the most expensive city in Italy, even more expensive than Rome or Milan.
  • The country of Venezuela, which is in South America, was named after this city. The discoverer Amerigo Vespucci simply thought that the houses of the local natives, which they built on stilts, resembled Venice.
  • When extinguishing fires here firefighters use tanks only with fresh water. They are forbidden to use salt water, as it causes irreparable damage to ancient buildings.
  • Like everywhere else in Italy, Venice has developed a “recommendation system”. If you come on the recommendation of a regular visitor to a restaurant or, for example, a hairdresser, you can count on the most polite attitude and a nice discount.
  • There are no cars here at all, nor motorcycles or buses. Public transportation, of course, is boats, aka river buses.
  • Venetian gondoliers earn pretty good money, and it’s incredibly difficult to get a gondolier’s license. There can only be 425 gondolas in the entire city, according to the old law.
  • Besides an impeccable knowledge of all the addresses in town, gondoliers are required to be able to sing well, and they must provide a “musical accompaniment” to the customer if requested.

  • The profession of gondolier in Venice has long been regarded as a man’s profession, though this was only a tradition and not some discriminatory law. The first female gondolier appeared here in the early twenty-first century.
  • Plumbers can not expect to find work in Venice, because there is no sewage system in this city, and all the waste flows directly into the canals. That’s why they sometimes stink.
  • All the gondolas in the city on the water are completely identical in size - 1.4 meters wide and 11 meters long. They are designed to carry a maximum of six passengers.
  • In late fall, the water level in Venice usually rises, and the city is slightly flooded. So in November and December it is not worth visiting .
  • It was here in the XVIII century, lived and worked the famous composer Antonio Vivaldi. However, contemporaries remembered him as a virtuoso violinist - one of the ancient guidebooks on the city calls him and his father the best violinists of the city.
  • Part of Venice is located on land, on the mainland. It is Mestra, its suburb.
  • The city on the water grew up on a scattering of islands, which were gradually all built up and then connected by canals. The historic center, for example, lies on 118 islands.