THE VENETIAN “FONDAMENTA” by Arianna Sautariello

Venice is a unique and special city, and the names of its “streets” are different from any other city in the world. In Venice there is only one “Strada” (street), the “strada nova” and just one “Piazza” (square), Piazza San Marco.  A recurring word you’ll find is Fondamenta or Fondamente. “Fondamenta” means “foundation” in Italian, and it describes the walking bank along a canal. It was (and still is today) a popular area to load and unload boats, kind of like a dock. The Fondamenta is the road that faces the water, just like the one I’m looking at now from my studio.


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