Everyone says that it’s better to share your travel memories while they are still fresh. But, I believe that a great memory sticks with you forever, and that’s what’s really worth sharing. After my long-awaited trip to Italy, I’m thrilled to share with you some details about one of the most magnificent places I’ve ever visited – Venice!
After I’ve been there, I’m not quite certain which name stands best for this city of marvels. Is it ‘city on the water’ or ‘city of masks and bridges’, or perhaps even ‘city of dreams’?
I guess it is all of these.
But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, the story behind the floating city of Venice. I find it best to learn a bit about a place before you visit it. That’s how you can get the best out of your travel experience.
The Story Behind Venice
Venice floats on water, which makes it one of the most extraordinary destinations in the world. Set right in the middle of the Venetian Lagoon, this marvel is a mystery for everyone who decides to visit it.
When you get there, it seems virtually impossible that such a big city is simply floating on some reeds, a lagoon of water, and marshland.
But, unless you go to Venice, you won’t even be able to imagine this beautiful marvel.
Now, many would think that Venice is muddy and wonder why people live on an island right in the middle of the Venetian lagoon. It sounds strange and, after the flood that just occurred near the end of 2018, a bit dangerous, even.
It all started as a need for shelter, but this later turned into a privilege. What used to be a shelter for people who fled their homes after the barbarian conquerors started ravaging Italy back in the 5th century, has now turned into one of the most desired cities to visit and live in.
Basically, the story of Venice starts on Friday on March 25th in 421 AD. That’s when it all began.
When people ran there for shelter, they instantly started working on creating more space to live on. They found their own ways to make the islands stronger, enlarge and drain them.
That’s why all those canals exist. And believe it or not, some of the wood used to build the houses still keeps buildings standing tall, even today – after 1000 years!
It’s hard to believe, but there are many buildings in Venice today that are still standing on 1000-year-old piles of wood!
Is Venice a Sinking City?
Right before I visited the floating city, I read something about it sinking. It would make everyone concerned, especially with the exaggerations of media today. It’s a wonder how imaginative they get when they need to get some extra clicks!
It is true, Venice is slowly sinking, but it didn’t really start to do this now. It’s been the sinking city since the very first moment it was built. The weight pushes down the mud and dirt.
But, it does this so slowly, Venice has sunk nine inches over the past century. Of course, global warming is speeding up things significantly, but there isn’t really a reason to worry in our lifetime, since experts believe that Venice will be inhabitable around 2100.
A mystifying city built out of fear, Venice is now the city you’ll find in every list of best places to visit. With the splendid views and numerous canals, as well as the history embedded in the narrow streets where tourists pass every single day, it’s one of the best places I’ve had the privilege to see.
If you want to learn about my experiences and get some tips on your next trip to Venice, here’s a more detailed post.