Great Venetians: Pietro Bembo

When the Italian people got together to choose which of the many varieties of the language to adopt as the common and literary language, it boiled down to two: Tuscan and Venetian.

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.