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The names of the streets

The names of Venetian streets are a distinctive characteristic of the city. They do not have standard names of streets, such as via in Italian, street/road/avenue in English/American, Strasse in German or rue in French. They follow their own rules.

The terms preceding the name of the street are principally:

  • RIO: street
  • CALLE: street
  • FONDAMENTA: street overlooking a channel
  • RIVA: street overlooking the Grand Canal
  • CAMPIELLO: small square
  • CAMPO: square

The names have very ancient origins, usually related to professional arts, commercial activities or the origin of the inhabitants. The term Mercerie was originally used to indicate an area where clothes were traded. Names like CALLE dei PRETI, CALLE delle MUNUGHE, RIVA dei RAGUSI refer respectively to the priests, the nuns, and the inhabitants coming from Rovigo who lived in these streets. Names like CALLE dell'ABBAZIA and CALLE del TEATRO, are names taken from the main building in the area where they are located.


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