A Bird’s-eye view of Venice

Walking around Venice, you see lots of prints of old maps of ‘Venice from the air’. From the sixteenth century onwards, this became a stock way to depict Venice pictorially. The many different versions provide useful information about the history and development of the city through the ages and are fascinating to look at in … Continue reading A Bird’s-eye view of Venice

Five Venetian words we use in English

The Venetian language developed alongside standard Italian and was the dominant language in north-east Italy until Italian unification. And in fact, many words of Italian origin that entered the English language came directly from Venetian. Here are five of the best.