Saor (such as the fried sardines and onion Venetian dish) is one basic example of how trading with the East has influenced Venetian cooking traditions and methods in Venice.
The “saor” method is the method of preservation of food for longer periods of time using vinegar and onions in order to feed the citizens who go out to sea on long journeys.
The Lion of Venice is also known as the Lion of Saint Mark; maybe this is because it is situated in Saint Mark’s Square in the historic city centre, and it serves as the city’s symbol since it came to Venice in the 12th century.
The column on which it sits was built in the later 13th century (1268).
If you are visiting Venice but are on a budget, then book your stay in a hotel that is not so close to its main historic centre!
Although the Venetian gondola rowing boat used to be used for centuries as the main method of transport in Venice, it now mainly serves as a tourist ride.