TOUR Venice - Grand Canal, Ships and the Merchants of Venice (aired on Sunday Feb 28th at 10am)
Start at the Arsenale, the biggest shipyard of medieval times, then ride a boat along the Grand Canal and marvel at the Palazzi lining the watery main street of Venice. Learn everything about the maritime trade of the Serenissima and its banking history and finish at the Rialto Bridge, once the heart of trade and news.
FUN FACT#1: The word pants (and pantaloons) come from the character of Pantalone from the Venetian Comic Theatre genre. He wore…well, pants. Pantalone is Greek for all compassionate. So, your pants are very kind…
FUN FACT#2: Did you know that Venice made a big slice of her revenue selling salt?