Why is it that when you go to Rome or Florence, you stroll down a via or a strada, but in Venice you rarely see these words? Instead, you see things like calle, (which makes you think you’re in Spain or Mexico), ruga, ramo, and sotoportego (with various spellings). Dianne Hales unravels the mysteries in her article here:
As you may remember, I recently posted about Dianne’s book Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered. Though Dianne knows Florence and Rome best, she recently returned from a trip to Venice and wanted to share some of her new knowledge.