How to pronounce gondola, Rialto and other Venetian words in Italian


Last Updated on December 1, 2023 by Laura Teso

A while ago I recorded a video to teach you the pronounciation of Venezia and the other cities of the Veneto region. But it covered only to the cities pronunciation. Now, I decided to do the same thing for other words you can find around and about Venezia: How to pronounce gondola, Rialto, risotto and other Venetian words in Italian!

How to pronounce gondola, Rialto, risotto and other Venetian words in Italian

On the video you will find how to pronounce many words, for example:

  • Venezia
  • Veneziani, the inhabitants of Venezia
  • Train station: Santa Lucia. And I don’t know why, but everywhere in Italy we call a train station stazione or stazione ferroviaria or stazione dei treni, but in Venice is ferrovia (railway).

Watch the video right away:

Venice names

For the meaning I suggest you to read the post about Venice glossary. Here you will only find the pronunciation of the terms:

  • Sestiere: Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro (with the Giudecca), Santa Croce, San Marco, San Polo.
  • Parts of the city: ponte (bridge), canale, campo and campiello (squares), fondamenta, fontego or fondaco, sotoportego.
  • All the different types of streets: calle, ramo, rio terà, salizada, ruga, strada.
  • The most famous islands: Murano, Burano, Torcello, Lido.
Burano Canal
Burano Canal

How to pronounce Venice landmarks

Piazza San Marco with the Basilica, the Campanile (el paron de casa), Palazzo Ducale, Procuratie, Museo Correr e Biblioteca Marciana. Near there the Ponte dei Sospiri.

Palazzo Ducale facade
Palazzo Ducale facade

Other landmarks

Famous cafès: Caffè Florian and Caffé Quadri.

Artists and celebrities

I can’t omit the most famous painters (some of them were from Venice, other just worked there) because you’ll find their works everywhere in town:

Bellini, Giorgione, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiepolo, Canaletto.

Famous Venetians: Marco Polo, Casanova, Goldoni, Vivaldi.

Events: Biennale, Carnevale, Regata

Learn more about Italian Carnival
Learn more about Italian Carnival

Other terms:

How to pronounce Gondola, Gondoliere, Acqua Alta, Squero

Venetian food:

Cicchetti (local finger food): sarde in saor (sweet and sour sardines), baccalà mantecato (creamed dried cod), polpette (meat balls), mozzarella in carrozza (fried sandwich with mozzarella).
Main courses as risotto, bigoli, pasta e fagioli, fegato alla veneziana. The classic polenta. Desserts like frittelle and galani during Carnevale and tiramisù whenever you need it.

Well, I hope you liked this How to pronounce Venetian words in Italian video. Now you’re prepared to visit Venice!

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