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Venice, Italy

  • The names of the calli, campi and campielli (lanes, squares and little squares in Venice) The Venetian Calli have unusual names that are usually either taken from the city's history or from an event that took place right on the very spot, or from the jobs of the people who lived in that lane or square. The names of the streets are written on small white squares that are placed on the outside of the buildings and that are called "nizioleti" (tissues).
  • Gondolas are one of Venice’s most famous symbols worldwide. This typical Venetian boat is extremely ancient and is the result of a series of extremely complex craft techniques. A gondola is 11 meters long and weighs 600 kilograms. In spite of its considerable weight it is quite ease to maneuver by just one person using a single oar. We recommend you visit the Squero (boatyard) at San Trovaso where gondolas are still made today by the master craftsmen using the ancient techniques.

Some of Venice's Islands Include:

  1. San Michele, the walled cemetery island of Venice.
  2. Murano, known for its glassmaking, Glass Museum, and several historic churches.
  3. Burano, an island of fishermen, lacemakers, and colorfully painted houses.
  4. Mazzorbo, a small rural island connected to Burano by a footbridge.
  5. Torcello, once a city larger than Venice; today, a bucolic island with a 1,000-year-old cathedral and a handful of outdoor restaurants.
  6. The Lido di Venezia, a beach resort on the strip of land that separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea.
More Information:

Venice (Italian: Venezia), the "city of canals", is the capital of the region of Veneto and of the province of Venice, 45°26' N 12°19' E, population 271,663 (census estimate 2004-01-01). The city is included, with Padua (Padova), in the Padua-Venice Metropolitan Area, population 1,600,000. The city stretches across numerous small islands in a marshy lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Piave (north) Rivers.

The Venetian Republic was a major sea power and a staging area for the Crusades, as well as a very important centre of commerce (especially the spice trade) and art in the Renaissance.


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