When you ask people about the most romantic places on Earth, you’ll probably get plenty of different answers. Obviously, France will be at the top of the list, but not too far down you’ll probably either see Italy or Venice, one of the country’s most famous cities.
What makes Venice stand out? Well, no other city in the world is so full of water! Throughout the city are canals that can be traveled only by gondola – kind of like water versions of taxies. Plus, like many Italian cities, the architecture and atmosphere of Venice reminds visitors of the past – something that always seems more romantic to most people than it probably really was for those who experienced it firsthand.
The gondola has probably become one of the most recognizable symbols of the city and of its romantic feeling. Couples can curl up together for a private boat ride through the beautiful city with only a gondolier, the person who rows the boat through the canals.
Because of this connection, gondolas and/or Venice make a great idea for a wedding theme or, even better still, a destination wedding that you’ll never forget. Either way, you may want to know a little more about the city and about its famous mode of transportation.
Why is Venice so Watery?
That’s a good question and an easy one to answer. Originally, Venice was built on an archipelago, a collection of some islands that are in close proximity to one another. In this case, the city is made up of more than 100 islands that are connected by a series of bridges. The waterways separating the islands are known as the canals.
Of course, the creation of a city on a group of islands may seem a little strange but the city has been in existence since just after the start of the 2nd century. Because of its closeness to the water, it was a popular port for trading and navigators which may explain why it was founded in such an unusual location in the first place.
The History of the Gondola
Gondolas have been rowing through Venice for at least 1,000 years. And if you go by the earliest descriptions of them in writing and in art, then you’ll discover they don’t look a whole lot different now than they did then.
They didn’t start out as a romantic escape for couples. They were originally just a practical way for people in the city to get from one place to another easily. During the 17th century, gondolas became so popular that there were more than 10,000 of them in the city carrying passengers here and there.
Just before the start of the 20th century, however, gondolas started falling out of favor. They were being replaced with steam-powered boats that could handle the transportation demands of the population more efficiently. Many decades later, the gondolas began making a comeback because of their romantic appeal. That’s good news for the gondolas, for the gondoliers, and for lovers so feel free to celebrate them with Gondolier invitations.