Venice is a city in Northern Italy. Its population is about 270 thousand people. The city is famous for the fact that it gradually goes under water. The city is divided into the mainland, where the industrial port is concentrated, and the island, indented by canals instead of streets.
Venice is a major tourist destination of world importance. The city has many palaces, churches, museums. It is considered very romantic to spend your vacation in this particular place.
The city is shrouded in secrets and it seems impossible to fully recognize them. Let's try to figure out the main myths about this city.
Venice holds the record for the number of bridges. There are 398 bridges in this Italian city, but this is not a record at all. There are much more of them in Amsterdam - 1281, and in Berlin in general - 1662. The record holder is Hamburg, which even got into the Guinness Book of Records for this. There are 2,123 bridges in this German city.
The canals of Venice smell bad. To come up with such a myth could not be those who have visited Venice. Residents of the city will be puzzled to answer the question of what their channels smell like: "Of course, the sea!" How else? The sea and the canals smell of algae, fish and something of their own. Breathing in the city is very easy and fresh, much better than on our polluted streets. Of course, once a year the life cycle of the algae comes to an end, which can cause odor, but in Venice the canals are regularly cleaned.
It is better to go to the city in summer. Again, the author of this myth has not been to Venice at the height of the tourist season. The fact is that the city has high humidity, which, coupled with high heat, makes it especially intolerable. For many tourists, the sight of the autumn flood is much more interesting and romantic than the crowds of tourists in July. So the city is charming at any time of the year.
Florian coffee contains the most expensive coffee in the world. This Rococo coffee house is considered the oldest in Europe. It is considered a prerequisite for tourists to visit it. It's so nice to sit on red plush sofas, in the interiors of the 17th century, knowing that Casanova, Byron, Dickens, Goethe, Brodsky rested right there. Consulting firm Mercer conducted research and determined that the most expensive coffee in Moscow. Taking into account the tip, the average cost of a cup of this hot drink will be $ 10.19, while in Floriana an espresso coffee costs 6 euros.
There is not much to see in Venice, as all the houses are old, rickety and shabby. It is curious that many people just go to the city on the water to look at this. After all, 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 that money cannot buy.
It is very easy to get lost in Venice. In fact, it is difficult to argue with this statement, since it is really difficult to navigate the intricate streets. However, if you get lost there, you will experience a fascinating journey, since being alone with the city, seeing its inside out, and not tourist places, is a great success.
Venice lives on tourism. Many imagine the city as a place where thousands of tourists constantly roam, and the locals, one way or another, are busy with their entertainment. The mainland part of the city is famous for shipbuilding and ship repair, there is a metallurgical, chemical and light industry. Venice has a university and a conservatory. So the city is famous not only for tourism.
The city goes under water as a result of natural causes. It is sad to realize, but the culprit of Venice's immersion in 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 goes down. This, coupled with ground pressure on the ground, is causing the city to slowly sink. Even closing the wells did not help. Scientists predict that the city will become uninhabitable by 2028. To save the city, the "Moses" project was developed, which involves the construction of sealed barriers around the city. However, many are skeptical about such plans, because such actions in the Netherlands were ineffective.
The Venice Carnival was the first in the world. The city is famous for its carnival, thousands of guests come to see it and take part every year. Indeed, it was in Venice that this celebration originated. The first mention of the Venice Carnival dates back to 1094, and in 1296 the city senate officially recognized the last day before Lent as a holiday. The popularity of the carnival was due to the fact that during the merry celebration any recklessness and debauchery were allowed, because everyone is equal in masks. Carnival masks took root so well that they began to wear them on ordinary days, to commit unseemly actions. Therefore, in 1608, wearing masks in normal times 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 increased again in the middle of the 20th century.