Venetian word of the day: Òe!

This is a word that anyone who's been to Venice will have heard being shouted out of the mouths of gondoliers. It means, 'hello there!' and it used by boatmen at crossroads—or should that be crosscanals—to alert other canal users to their presence. If there is another boat around the corner, the driver should respond … Continue reading Venetian word of the day: Òe!

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.