Venice is one of the most extraordinary cities on the planet. Originating in 400 A.D., it reached the height of its power from 1300 to 1700, when it was the major player in Mediterranean trade and controlled a vast territory comprising much of northern Italy, as well as parts of Greece and today’s Croatia. It was built on 118 flat islands, with millions of alder piles sunk into the ground or the seabed as foundations. There are 416 bridges, 177 canals, 127 campi (squares) and 1 piazza – San Marco. There are 170 church towers, three of which are notably crooked. The San Marco bell tower collapsed in 1902, with no victims excepting the caretaker’s cat, and it was rebuilt immediately afterwards. Today the resident population is just 55,000 in the historic centre, which can be compared to the 200,000 residents in 1600. There are 400 gondoliers, and 350 gondolas. The city is visited by 50,000 tourists per day on average, 18 million per year.
Boggi Milano in Venice
Boggi Milano is proud to have 4 stores in Venice. The most recent was opened in April 2019, a lovely 270-square-metre space on Merceria del Capitello, 4928, a three-minute walk from Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal, and four minutes from Piazza San Marco. Located in a historic building, it is the first Boggi store in Italy to incorporate our new retail design concept, with a modern and refreshing aesthetic that complements our Italian style and tradition. Scroll down for addresses of all our stores in Venice.
Boggi Milano look for Venice
Venice can get quite hot in summer, and so a light grey linen suit (BO19P052901) is a perfect way of keeping you cool as a result of this natural fibre’s natural breathability. Its immaculately tailored style is beautifully complemented by a Korean-collar shirt and a pair of sneakers which will keep you comfortable as you walk along the campi and calli. Choose a Boggi Milano pocket square to add a colourful personal touch.
Top ten unusual facts and unmissable experiences in Venice
The classic Venetian aperitif is Spritz, a blend of sparkling Prosecco, soda water, and a sweet, mildly bitter liqueur, usually orange-colour for a sweeter version, red for a slightly stronger version with a drier taste. In Venice, the cocktail is served with a slice of lemon. The name “spritz” comes from the time of Austria’s rule of Venice in the 19th century, before Italian independence. In fact the verb “spritzen” means to “spray,” and it was used to describe the Austrian soldiers’ habit of adding soda water to the local wines, a little too strong for their tastes. Today, even though the orange version of spritz has reached international fame, many cities in the Veneto region have their own versions of the aperitif. In Venice, an aperitivo is accompanied by “cicchetti”, small snacks analogous to Spain’s tapas.
2. A shadow of wine
Even before the invention of the spritz, “un’ombra de vin” (a shadow of wine) has long been the traditional Venetian aperitif, served in countless Venetian bars or “bacari” (hostelries). The term “un’ombra de vin” dates back to when wine was sold on stalls in Piazza San Marco. To keep the wine cool, the stalls were progressively moved around in order to stay in the shadow cast by the bell-tower and other buildings around the square.
3. Breath-taking bridges
There are 417 bridges in Venice, 300 in stone, 59 in iron or steel, 57 in timber, and 1 in glass. On Torcello there is one of the only two bridges without parapets. It is named Ponte del Diavolo. Take care when crossing. Another bridge without lateral protection is Ponte Chiodo (in the photo below), a private bridge over Rio di San Felice.
4. No bikes
Venice is a wholly pedestrian city. You are not allowed to use bicycles in the historic centre. The only exceptions are for residents, and children up to 8 years of age. You risk a fine of 100 euro, according to article 28 bis comma 1 of the Regolamento di Polizia Urbana.
5. Hold your breath
The narrowest alley in Venice is Calletta Varisco, in the Cannaregio district, about 7 minutes walk from Ponte di Rialto, the Rialto bridge. At its narrowest point it is just 53 cm in width.
6. Keep right… or left
Traffic regulations in Venice require motor boats to keep right, but gondolas have to keep left. This is because the gondolier’s oar is always positioned on the right.
7. Glasses, a Venetian invention
In 1100, the Most Serene Republic decided to move all glassmakers to the island of Murano in order to avoid the risk of fire caused by the furnaces. Here, in the mid 12th century, the first glass lenses were made, initially similar to magnifying glasses. Later they were made in versions that could be placed in front of the eyes, in frames that gradually became more practical. By the 16th century, spectacles had become accessible to most of the population. Click here to take a look at Boggi Milano’s sunglasses. (Below, from left, Hugh of Saint-Cher in a painting by Tommaso da Modena, 1352; Apostle with glasses, by Conrad von Soest, 1403; Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara by El Greco, 1600; portrait of Francisco de Quevedo y Villegas, early 17th century).
8. San Zaccaria, a flooded crypt
The crypt of San Zaccaria contains many doges’ tombs, and the columns and vaulted ceilings are evocatively reflected in the water that permanently floods the floor. (Photo courtesy of Didier Descouens, CC BY-SA 4.0).
9. Here be dragons
The church of Santa Maria e San Donato, Murano, has a lot of treasures, such as the lovely 2-storey Byzantine exteriors, the 11th century mosaic in the apse, and extensive mosaics on the floor dating to the 12th century. Behind the main altar, some curving bones are hanging on the wall. According to tradition, these belonged to the dragon that St. Donatus killed. The remains of the saint are also in the church.
10. Here be Boggi
We currently have four stores in Venice. Click here to view our store locator with map.
San Marco 1744 (Bacino Orseolo)
Tel. +39 041 2960 321
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-7.30pm, Sunday 10.30am-7.30pm
Merceria del Capitello 4928, Sestriere di San Marco
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-7.30pm, Sunday 10.30am-7.30pm
Marco Polo airport, Departures
Tel. +39 041 2698 131
Open Monday-Thursday 6am-9pm, Friday-Sunday 6.30am-9pm
Santa Lucia railway station
Fondamenta Santa Lucia 20
Tel. +39 041 5246 445
Open every day 8am-9pm