Tour Venice narrowest alleys with us today! Unique as a city, Venice’s urban plan expands like a labyrinth of intricate passageways dotted with houses, sumptuous palaces and windy canals. Its maze-like shape confuses visitors’ sense of orientation, whereas its bizarre toponymy makes it even more challenging: “calle”, “calle lunga”, “calle larga” and “salizada” are just some of the Venetian place names that you will come across when wandering through the 1,198 streets of Venice’s main island.
The term “calle” comes from the Latin “callis”, which means “path”, a word that sounds very appropriate if you consider the width of most calli, which look more like walkways than regular streets. As you can imagine in the city, land was limited and for this reason it had to be exploited to the maximum every time a new building was constructed. The strict building regulations of the Serenissima complicated matters, as they required builders to always leave a space for public passage. And so the solution to the problem often led to prefer the volume of the building to the size of the passageway, creating streets that were sometimes so narrow that it was difficult to move easily in both directions.
Sometimes, however, the situation seems to have gotten out of hand, as proven by some streets with almost prohibitive dimensions well below 1 m (3.2 ft) in width. In the top 5 of the narrowest streets of Venice, the following are worthy of a mention:
If your visit to Venice brings you near one of these calli, it could be the right excuse to squeeze into one… if you can. The search for the narrowest calle begins! Take the funniest picture in one of these calli and tag Hyatt Centric Murano Venice – @hyattcentricmuranovenice . Stay tuned to discover the top 3 narrowest calli on Burano and Murano Islands! And to leave Venice differently, have a look at our collection of experiences here.
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