Veneto Italy 10 Fun Facts - Digging Up Roots in the Boot

Veneto Italy 10 Fun Facts

Ciao tutti!  Welcome to The Best of Italy, a video series on Digging up Roots on the Boot’s YouTube Channel.  Alessia is going to share 10 fun facts about Veneto, Italy.  It is one of 20 Italian Regions in Northern Italy.  Watch the video and continue reading below.  Also, be sure and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on new video posts.

1 Diversity for Gondoliers in Veneto

For nine hundred years, males monopolized the canals of Venice.  In 2009, 23-year-old Georgia Boscolo became the first-ever woman gondolier.  She followed in the footsteps of her father Dante who was a gondolier for 40 years.  Then, in 2015, Alex Hai became the first transgender male granted permission to operate as a private gondolier for a hotel chain. 

2 Casa di Giulietta 

Thanks to William Shakespeare, Verona is considered one of the most romantic cities in Italy. As a result, Casa di Giulietta is one of Verona’s main tourist attractions.  The city of Verona bought the 14th-century house from the Capello family in 1905. 

There is a statue of Juliet in the courtyard.  There is a common belief  that if you touch her right breast you will find true love.  To this day, people write letters to Juliet asking for relationship advice.  Of course,  they leave them in the famous courtyard. 

3 Padova Veneto Italy

Padova was the command center for the Italian Army during the first world war.  During the war, industries grew rapidly.  So, Padova quickly grew in size and population.  At the same time, the city experienced a great deal of social and economic turmoil.  Consequently, many residents supported fascism, making Padova home to one of Italy's largest fascist mass rallies.  In fact, more than three hundred thousand people attended one speech by Mussolini. 

4 Veneto's Mass Emigration in Vicenza

The province of Vicenza suffered mass emigration between 1876 and 1976.  During those one hundred years, more than one million people from the province left Italy to live abroad.  Nowadays, Vicenza is a land of immigration. Ironically, the largest minority group today is from the USA.  There are about nine thousand Americans living in Vicenza.  The other ethnic minorities come from Eastern Europe, South Asia, and Africa. 

5 Benetton Began in Veneto

The Benetton siblings, who founded the Benetton group, were all born in Treviso.  In 1963, Luciano Benetton, the oldest sibling, started selling a small collection of sweaters to local shops in the region of Veneto.  Clearly, they were received with a positive response.  So, he asked his siblings to join him in business.  Hence, they opened their first store in Belluno in 1965. 

6 Chioggia on the Canals of Veneto

Chioggia is a small fishing town on the Adriatic coast of Italy.  Although it is much smaller than Venice, they are very much the same.  Similarly, Chioggia is a group of small islands crisscrossed by canals and connected to the mainland by causeways.  It happens to be one of the biggest and oldest fishing ports in Italy.  In fact, it hosts a 10 day Fish-Festival each year.  Every July since 1938 Chioggia’s historical center celebrates the lagoon and local fishing traditions. 

7 Bassano del Grappa

Grappa is Italy’s brandy.  Indeed, it originated in the town of Bassano del Grappa in the middle ages.  It is made from the stems, skins, and seeds of grapes that are discarded during the winemaking process.  Traditionally, grappa is served straight as a digestive.  But, when it is added to espresso it is called cafe corretto. 

8 The Piave River

San Donà di Piave is a city in Veneto’s lowlands along the Piave River.  During the middle ages, a flood changed the course of the river.  As a result, the church of San Donato ended up on the other side of the Piave River in the village of Musile di Piave.  

The two towns made a friendship pact.  San Dona di Piave kept the name of the patron saint and every year on August 7th Musile di Piave has a traditional feast to honor San Donato. The city was reconstructed in the early 1920s after the first world war.  Today, it is known for its beautiful parks and gardens. 

9 Financial Trouble in Schio Veneto

The town of Schio had been manufacturing wool since the 12th century, and it became an industrial town thanks to the Rossi family.  The Rossi's founded Lanerossi, the largest Italian wool company in Italy.  However, they found themselves in financial trouble and sold thier family business to the Marzotto Group in 1987.  As a result, the Lanerossi complex closed in 2005.  Today it lies empty in a state of abandonment. 

10 Luxottica From Veneto to the World

Luxottica is the world’s largest eyewear company.  It was started by Leonardo del Vecchio in 1961 in the town of Agordo in the province of Belluno.  The company designs, manufactures, distributes, and retails its own eyewear brands.  Its best-known brands are Ray-Ban and Oakley. They also make sunglasses and prescription frames for designer brands like Prada, Giorgio Armani, and Dolce and Gabbana.  Also, Giorgio Armani holds nearly a 5% share in the company. 

Do you know any other fun facts about Veneto?  Let’s talk it out in the comment section below. Also, be sure and watch our other fun fact videos on Italy’s 20 regions and read our blog posts on Italy’s 20 regions. Thanks for watching and reading 10 fun facts about Veneto. A presto!

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