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Myths About Venice

by Globetrooper Lauren | Add a Comment

It doesn’t come as a surprise that there are a lot of myths about a city like Venice. Staying in one of the apartments in Venice one easily feels like being in a completely different world. I always say that whatever the myth may be there is always some truth to it. Let’s highlight some of the greatest myths about Venice and see how much truth there is to them:

Venice is the new Atlantis

As a city in the middle of the sea it was built on marshlands off the coast of Italy. In the last century it was lowered about 11 inches. So yes, Venice is indeed sinking but at a fairly slow pace. Industrial needs led to the artesian wells into the surroundings of Venice which caused the sinking. Since the 1960s these wells have been prohibited and the sinking slowed down. What still occurs rather frequently is acqua alta (high water), where the city is flooded. However, the city workers are well-prepared putting elevated walk ways in place.

Acqua Alta around the base of St. Mark's Campanile

Acqua Alta around the base of St. Mark's Campanile - by HarshLight

Venice is too expensive

Just like in other destinations where tourism strives you run the danger of stepping into expensive tourist traps. The number 1 rule is to stay away from accommodation and restaurants close to the prominent tourist areas like Piazza San Marco.

Of course the idea of taking a gondola ride across the canals sounds very romantic, but it will also cost you a fortune. If you want to take a ride on the canals settle for the Vaporetti and walking won’t cost you anything. The distances in Venice are great to walk and this way you can explore hidden corners of the city.

Gondolas cruising the Grand Canal in Venice

Gondolas cruising the Grand Canal in Venice - by gnuckx

The city smells like a big sewage plant

A cosmopolitan area set in water, full of open canals “smells” like trouble. But don’t be alarmed the city doesn’t smell like a sewer and the water isn’t as filthy as one might believe. What you will smell is a mixture between salt and algae from the sea. The canals get cleaned through by the tides of the Adriatic Sea and to this day the lagoon is among the richest natural habitats in the Mediterranean region for animal and plant life.

If you were at all worried about any of the things I just mentioned I hope I was able to encourage you to pick one of the Venice apartments to find out more about the Venetian myths and the truth behind them .

Posted in Italy, Services | September 30th, 2011

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