Five fun facts about Venice – part 2

There are many reasons to visit Venice in 2021, so once the world wakes up and travel is possible again, put Venice first on your travel agenda.

Here’s why:

  • Venice turns 1600 years old in 2021! The story goes that the first stone of the church of San Giacomo di Rialto (San Giacometto), was laid on 25 March 421. Historians aren’t certain about this, but the Venetians will celebrate it anyway with lavish events all through 2021 and 2022.  
  • Caffè Florian in St Mark’s Square is Italy’s oldest coffee shop, open since 1720. You may have walked past it or even had un caffè in this iconic coffee house. 
  • Speaking of St. Mark’s Square, did you know that it’s one of the lowest parts of the city? That means it’s the first to go underwater when the ‘acqua alta’ or exceptional tide peaks happen. Once the tide reaches above 80cm (2.6 feet), the flooding begins; in 1966, the waters reached a catastrophic level of 194cm (6 feet), and in 2019 it reached 187cm (5.7 feet). Thankfully, the Mose dam, active since July 2020, will ensure the city has fewer dramatic high water events in the future, preserving its streets, businesses, and beauty.
  • Ramo Varisco is one of the world’s narrowest streets, measuring only 53 centimeters (28.6 inches) across. To cross it, you need to turn on your side, making it a rather unforgettable experience.
  • Venice has 417 bridges, of which 72 are private. Of this, 300 are in of stone, 60 of iron, and 57 of wood. There are four bridges that cross the Grand Canal: Ponte di Rialto, Ponte dell’Accademia, Ponte degli Scalzi, and the most recent one Ponte della Costituzione. Two bridges do not have protective parapets, one of which is the Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge) in Torcello. The devil is said to visit every 24th December in the guise of a black cat, looking for souls.

For part 1 go here

Te Devil's Bridge in Venice
The Devil’s Bridge in Torcello

Header photo by Reka Haros
Devil’s Bridge photo from shutterstock

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