Venice is a city in Northern Italy. Its population is about 270 thousand people. The city is famous for that it gradually goes under the water. The city is divided into the mainland, where the port-industrial part is concentrated and on the island, cut by canals instead of streets.
Venice is a major tourist center of world importance. In the city there are a lot of palaces, churches, museums. It is considered very romantic to spend a rest in this place.
The city is shrouded in secrets and it seems impossible to fully know them. Despite world fame, many mistakenly endow Venice with these or other properties. Let’s try to understand the main myths about this city.
Venice is a record-breaking city in terms of the number of bridges.
In this Italian city there are 398 bridges, but this is not a record. In Amsterdam, there are much more – 1281, and in Berlin in general – 1662. The record holder is also Hamburg, who even got behind it in the Guinness book of records. In this German city there are already 2123 bridges.
Venice canals smell bad.
To come up with such a myth, the one who visited Venice could not. Residents of the same city will be perplexed to answer the question, what their cans smell: “Of course, by the sea!” How else? The sea and canals smell of seaweed, fish and something of their own. Breathing in the city is very easy and fresh, it’s much better than on our gassed streets. Of course, once a year the life cycle of algae is coming to an end, which can cause a smell, but in Venice the channels are regularly cleaned.
It is better to go to the city in the summer.
Again, the author of this myth was not in Venice at the height of the tourist season. The fact is that the city has a high humidity, which, combined with high heat, make it particularly intolerable. For many tourists, the sight of autumn floods is much more interesting and romantic than crowds of tourists in July. So the city is charming at any time of the year.
The coffee “Florian” is the most expensive coffee in the world.
This rococo coffee shop is considered to be the oldest in Europe. It is considered an indispensable condition for tourists to visit it. After all, it’s so nice to sit on red plush sofas, in the interiors of the 17th century, knowing that Casanova, Byron, Dickens, Goethe, Brodsky relaxed there and then. The consulting firm Mercer conducted a study and determined that the most expensive coffee in Moscow. Taking into account the tip, the average cost of a cup of this hot drink is $ 10.19, whereas in “Floriana”, espresso costs 6 euros.
In Venice, there is absolutely nothing to watch, since all the houses are old, skewed and shabby.
It is curious that many people just go to the city on the water to look at it. It is in the authenticity of the city that its uniqueness lies. Yes, there is peeling plaster, but this is a trace of time, its unique spirit, which can not be bought for money.
In Venice it’s very easy to get lost.
Actually, it is difficult to argue with this statement, since it is really not easy to navigate in intricate streets. However, if you get lost there, you will go through a fascinating journey, as staying with the city one on one, seeing its underside, and not tourist places is a great success.
Venice lives in tourism.
Many represent the city as a place where thousands of tourists constantly wander, and locals, one way or another, are busy with their entertainment. The mainland part of the city is famous for shipbuilding and ship repair, there are metallurgical, chemical and light industries. In Venice there is a university and a conservatory. So the city is famous not only for tourism.
The city goes underwater as a result of natural causes.
As sad as it is to be aware, the person responsible for the immersion of Venice into the sea was a man. The main cause of the disaster is the centuries-old water intake from artesian wells. As a result, the aquifer level decreases. This, coupled with pressure on the ground of land objects, leads to the fact that the city is slowly drowning. Even closure of wells did not help. Scientists predict that by 2028 the city will become uninhabitable.To save the city, a project “Moses” was developed, which involves the construction of sealed barriers around the city. However, many refer to such plans skeptically, because such actions in the Netherlands were ineffective.
The Venice Carnival became the first in the world.
The city is famous for its carnival, to look at it and to participate annually thousands of guests. And indeed, it was in Venice that this celebration was born. The first mention of the Venice carnival dates back to 1094, and in 1296 the city senate officially recognized the last day before the Great Lent as a festive day. The popularity of the carnival was due to the fact that during the merry celebrations any recklessness and debauchery were allowed, because in masks all are equal. Carnival masks were so established that they began to be worn on ordinary days, for committing unseemly acts. Therefore, in 1608 wearing masks at the usual time was considered a crime. Until the end of the 18th century the carnival was the main event in the life of the city, the significance of the celebration again increased in the middle of the 20th century.