Venice will bring out the explorer in you. This magical floating city has something for every traveller – stunning architecture, absorbing art, & a wanderer’s paradise. It is best to explore this city by getting lost in its lanes, but make sure you don’t end up missing out on what Venice is known for!
City of Bridges
One of the least known facts about the Rialto bridge is the secret of its architectural history.
You cannot walk in Venice for more than 15 minutes without encountering a bridge. The former ‘City of Bridges’ – Venice has more than 400 beautiful bridges. The most popular one being the Rialto bridge, located at the heart of Venice. Rialto is the oldest bridge (more than 400 years old) crossing the Grand Canal (the largest canal in Venice). One of the least known facts about the Rialto bridge is the secret of its architectural history. It is said that when the construction requirement for this landmark bridge was announced noted architects like Andrea Palladio, Antonio Da Ponte and the Michelangelo competed for the contract. Guess who won? Antonio Da Ponte! Apparently, Michelangelo’s design wasn’t Venetian enough.
A walk in Venice
Venice has canals for roads, kayaks for two wheelers, waterbuses (Traghetto, Vaporetti) for public transport and boats (Gondolas) for cars.
A walk in Venice will be different and even healthier from a walk in any other city thanks to Venice’s unconventional transport system! Venice is one of the 7 car-free cities in the world. Think of every road vehicle you know and convert it into a waterbody vehicle – that is Venetian transport for you. Venice has canals for roads, kayaks for two wheelers, water buses (Traghetto, Vaporetti) for public transport and boats (Gondolas) for cars. Imagine walking the streets of a metropolitan city freely with no honking, no sound of tyre screeches and no signals – truly a wanderer’s paradise.
Incidentally, the birth city of the popular gambler Casanova was also home to the first Casino ever built in the world.
Venice is known as home to many popular personalities including Galileo, Marco Polo, Vivaldi, and even Casanova! Incidentally, the birth city of the well-known gambler Casanova, was also home to the first Casino ever built in the world. There is a debate as to whether Casinò di Venezia a.k.a Venice Casino or Il Ridotto was the first Casino ever built as both started operating in 1638. However, Il Ridotto closed in 1774 making Venice Casino the oldest operating Casino in the world.
It is said that when the Casinos started they were open to the general public but had rules like formal dress code, wearing the three-cornered hat to enter the gaming table and so on. Due the expensive formal clothing requirement & high stakes, only the nobles could afford to play at the Casinos. Interestingly, the Venice Casino is known for denying its customers an entry to the gaming table if not dressed formally, even today!
What Venice is known for
The City originated in 400 A.D & being surrounded by water was what the people intentionally planned for!
A floating city of more than 100 islands between 150 canals, Venice has the most spectacular architectural work. One would wonder why a city so beautiful was built on the islands in the first place? The City originated in 400 A.D & being surrounded by water was what the people intentionally planned for! This was to protect the refugee residents of the city from the savage Barbarians. What started off as a survival mission turned out to be an iconic city. Today, from the Church of St. Mark to Piazza San Marco, you will find a treat of various Architectural styles including Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and even Neo-classical buildings in Venice.
One of the most interesting facts about Venice is that one could visit the city any number of times and still find something new on every single visit. There is no end to an explorer’s quest in Venice. Excited about visiting Venice? Share with us what you would like to visit Venice for in the comment box right below!