10 Things You Don't Know About Venice

Updated 4 March 2020 | by Emily Benton

The collage of magical canals that make up the Italian city of Venice are unlike anywhere else in the world. We can't imagine a more blissful way to spend an afternoon than riding on a gondala with a glass of Venetian prosecco in hand. But what else is there to know about this unique city? Well, if there's one thing we know for sure, Venice is one of the most beautiful and iconic cities on the planet...


1. There are 417 bridges in Venice...


2. ...and according to Venetian tradition, any couple riding in a gondola should kiss under EVERY bridge.

That's potentially 417 kisses!


3. One of the narrowest streets in the world can be found in Venice. 

Ramo Varisco street is only 53cm wide!


4. It's almost impossible to find a street address in Venice...

...because the houses are numbered according to districts, not streets.


5. There are approximately 350 gondolas and 400 gondolieri.


6. In 1608, the law in the city stated the wearing of masks was allowed only during the infamous Venice Carnival.

Those who broke this law would spend two years in prison or receive a public beating!  


7. Acqua Alta is when an exceptionally high tide floods the city.

For locals, it's a regular occurrence!


8. Feeding pigeons is against the law in Piazza San Marco.


9. There are 177 canals in total in Venice. The Grand Canal is the most famous. 


10. Venice is sinking at the rate of 1-2 millimeters a year... 


...all the more reason to visit this magical city whilst you still can!

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