If you are someone who appreciates the unusual combination of water, boats, and fine cultural experiences, then Venice is definitely a place to add to your travel destination list.
Imagine the London transport network, but placed upon the water, where busses are big boats cruising beside majestic scenes of an ancient city, that is built upon a lagoon.
Venice Was Not Built in A Day
This is the old city of Venice, and it is world-famous for its water canals, which are built on an archipelago of 117 islands formed by approximately 150 canals.
The canals serve the function of roads in and around the historic centre of Venice, and the only forms of transport to be found here are on the water, or alternatively by foot. No cars, busses, or trucks, so if you need a natural emission-free zone then Venice is the place to be.
To add to this, you will not be distracted by the noise of culminated motor vehicle engines while perusing the fascinating stone cobbled streets. All these transport oddities bring about a rare tranquillity to the city of Venice. Along with its bizarre, yet beautiful architecture, and fine cultural establishments, Venice can truly seem like a place far removed from the 21st century.
Gondolas, Boats, and Other Water Crafts
The classical Venetian boat is the Gondola but is now used mainly by tourists, or weddings and funerals, and other ceremonies. In a public sense, motorised “water busses” have replaced the traditional gondola for everyday transport around central Venice. Citizens also own their own boats, and these can easily be seen docked along the walls of the canals.
Why this city came to be built upon water still remains a mystery today. The buildings of Venice are constructed on closely spaced woodpiles. Most of these piles are still intact after centuries of submersion. The danger of this type of structure is that the buildings are often threatened by flood tides pushing in from the Adriatic between autumn and spring seasons.
But A City on Water, Is It Safe?
During the 20th century, Venice began to sink, and many of the older homes’ staircases used by people to unload goods are now flooded, and unusable. The Venetians living in these houses simply moved to higher levels in their abodes and continued their lives as normal.
In May, 2003, Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi inaugurated an emergency contingency initiative to deal with the danger of a sinking Venice.
Having survived these treacherous tidal threats for centuries, the city of Venice has contributed to the development of the European economy and culture over the centuries. Venice was first a major trading port and then later an important musical and printing capital of Europe.
A Cultural Dream Land
Notably, these landmark cultural achievements are still reflected in modern Venice, where artworks, literature, and music are still very much an integral part of the essence of contemporary Venice life. The narrow and often erratic streets and alleyways of Venice are filled with shops selling high-quality artworks alongside ancient and intriguing books.
Along with these fine cultural offerings, Venice is also a leading city for fine Italian cuisine with restaurants offering a wide array of new and traditional Italian meals.
It is appropriate to describe Venice as a cultural nerve centre of Europe. This ancient city oozes culture, art, and style. Its citizens are evidently proud of this heritage, which has manifested enigmatically, over the centuries, from a bygone Venetian water world.