In the 16th c. Venice, there was a bridge where prostitutes could stand and show their breasts to potential clients. The bridge was called “Ponte delle Tette” or the bridge of breasts. It still exists today.
Venice was Europe’s second largest city in the 15th century and the wealthiest city in the world due to many industries in armor, jewelry, glass, and ships.
Ancient Venice stood on millions of tree trunks dug into the mud. Much of central Venice still stands on the those trunks. They are more than 1200 years old and never rot because of lack of oxygen.
In the middle ages, the government in Venice was made by politicians chosen by lottery system. In fact, Venice was very successful during this period and the same is credited to the lottery elections.
The canals in Venice also work as sewers since ancient time. Venice lacks a modern sewer system.
In 1951, a costume party was organized in Venice by a millionaire. It is considered as the “party of the century”. More than thousand guests attended the party including important people like Christian Dior, and Salvador Dali.
Venezuela means “Little Venice” in Spanish. When Amerigo Vespucci first saw Lake Maracaibo and people living in houses by it, the lake reminded him of Venice, and thus Venezuela was named.
Venetian is widely spoken in Venice, but it does not have an Italian dialect.
Venice was called the pleasure capital of Europe because everything was permitted here as long as it brought tourism. Gambling houses, carnivals, and prostitution were allowed here. This also made Venice incredibly expensive to live in.
Venice city has 117 submerged islands.
The Republic of Venice was the first country in the world to abolish Slave Trade in 960 A.D.
It is very difficult to become a gondolier in Venice. Each year, only 25 licenses are granted on the basis of apprenticeship and a test.