Venice, Italy – Fun Facts!

Venice, Italy – Fun Facts!

VENICE, ITALY | Venice is one of Italy’s most famous attractions. Known for it’s romantic scenarios, historical architecture and world-renowned artwork, Venice, Italy is definitely one of the most desired travel cities. All for good reason. With a rich history and culture, and canals that run through the city like veins through a human body, Venice offers beautiful sights, fun experiences and amazing photo opportunities. 

But there are some fun facts that make this city even more cool, unique and worthy of visiting! At least once! Or twice… 

1. The first public casino was opened in Venice!

Casino di Venezia, sits right on the Grand Cana and is the very first casino in the world, opening to the public in the 17th century. 
 

2. Not just anybody can become a gondolier.

To enter the guild you must pass the test. It’s almost like playing Skyrim. Most gondoliers are taught to row, at a young age, however to obtain an actual permit, one must pass a rowing test to be accepted into a gondolier school to began their formal training. The gondolier guild is very strict with the members it accepts and most gondoliers, are born into the trade. 

 

How I fell in Love with Venice in 25 pics!
15 Fun Facts About Venice Italy
15 Fun Facts About Venice Italy

3. Venice is a boats and feet only type of city.

Not only are there no cars in Venice, bikes, skateboards or anything with wheels is forbidden. Rebelling against this will cost you a fine of 100 Euros.  

4. Venezuela was named after Venice.

Venezuela means “little Venice“. It earned its name because many of the local Indian houses were built on stilts above water, which reminded the European explores of Venice, the city built on tree trunks. 
 

5. Ciao! originated in Venice.

Ciao, being probably the most known Italian word (like I remember people randomly saying it when I was growing up… in Poland. They weren’t Italian) derives from the word s-ciào su which literllay means “I’m your slave” or how you’d say in english “at you service”. But like all good things must come to an abbreviation, thus ciao was born and took over the world.  

 

6. Once upon a time Venice was a republic!

The Republic of Venice existed from 697 AD – 1797 AD. That’s over a thousand years! That is until Napoleon showed up and took over. 

7. They still have carnivals!

According to Italy Magazine, when Italy fell under the Austrian rule in 1797, carnival celebrations were suspended and weren’t revived until the 1970s. 
 

8. The city of Canals, actually doesn’t have the most canals

Though Venice is certainly known as the City of Canals with a total of 150 canals running through the city, it doesn’t actually have the most canals in the world. Or even in Europe. Amsterdam actually has 165 different canals, while Bangkok a whooping 1682 total of different canals! 

How I fell in Love with Venice: in 25 pics!
How I fell in Love with Venice: in 25 pics!

9. Aperol Spritz is the signature drink of Venice

2 Parts Aperol, 3 parts prosecco, a splash of soda and slice of an orange. Delizioso

10.”Quarantine” came from Venice

The word quarantine originates from the Venetian “quaranta“. This was the 40 day period, a ship that arrived in the Venetian port, had to be held in isolation before unloading its cargo or letting people into the city. This was done to prevent diseases spreading after the Black Death pandemic.  

11. The first women to graduate college was from Venice.

Her name was  Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia and she studied philosophy at the Padua University. She graduated with a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in 1678.

12. There are 500 gardens in Venice!

With 150 canals and 391 bridges, some how the gardens get overlooked!

13. Pink Floyd took down the Venetian government

I saved my favorite one for last. 

When Pink Floyd showed up in Venice in 1989 to perform at a concert in St. Mark square, they attracted more visitors than lived within the city limits. Government officials labeled the concert as a barbaric invasion and attempted to cancel the concert in fear that the amplified sound would damage the mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilic and the whole plazza would sink, with so many people present! 

To accommodate this Pink Floyd offered to perform on a floating stage 200 yards from the square. Even so they attracted so many fans, and broadcasted in  20 different countries with an audience of some 1oo million. Go Pink Floyd!!!

However, as epic as I’m sure their performance was, the concert left St Mark’s plaza so loaded with garbage and.. other unpleasantries (you know, the type of thing that happens when a city has no public bathrooms?) that the mayor and whole city council resigned! Yaicks!

 

How I fell in Love with Venice in 25 pics!

So there are my venetian fun facts for ya! I certainly enjoyed strolling through the narrow, brick allies and, as with most places I visit, I look forward to returning and uncovering more secrets and history. Hope you get to do the same!

Happy travels!

How I fell in Love with Venice: in 25 pics!