If you’ve booked a city break to Italy and you’re wondering what language is spoken in Venice, it is Italian, which is also the official language in Italy. So, if you already know a little Italian, then now’s the perfect time to put it to good use. For those who aren’t so familiar with the language, don’t worry too much; seeing as the city is such a hotspot for tourists, you should be able to get by with English.
Sitting pretty in the northeast of Italy, you’ll discover the enchanting city of Venice. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has to be seen to be believed, with its beautiful canals, ancient palaces and serenading gondoliers. This is the perfect place for couples to enjoy a romantic break for two, and the stunning architecture and moonlit rides down the canals are enough to make you fall in love all over again.
Even for seasoned travellers, jetting off to a place where the locals speak a different language can be a bit daunting. But even having a few basic words and phrases up your sleeve can be helpful. If you’re heading off to the floating city any time soon, our quick guide to the language in Venice is well worth a read; it’ll help you get to grips with the local lingo in no time.
There’s also a regional language that is widely spoken in Venice and the wider Veneto region. It’s called Venetian, and even though you may not realise it, you’ll probably already know a few words already. For example, words like ‘ciao’, ‘quarantine’, ‘gondola’ and ‘lido’ all have their origins in the city.
Italy has a unique and hugely influential cultural history, but it wasn’t until 1861 that Italy became a unified political state. This is one reason why there are such strong variations across different regions, regarding tradition, cuisine and dialect. If you’re heading elsewhere in Italy, listen out for accents that vary from north to south, and if you have a keen ear, you’ll notice that they even vary from village to village.
When it comes to Venice, the locals here have a strong sense of regional identity and their own local Venetian language is an important part of this. Venetian is spoken by around 2 million people in the Veneto region. But rather surprisingly, it’s more closely related to French and Spanish than it is to Italian. There was a time when Venetian was being considered to be named as the official national language of Italy because Venice had such important cultural and economic significance.
Whether you’re at the airport, asking for directions, or buying your morning coffee, you never know when Italian phrases could come in handy. Take a look at the list below and click on the green icon to hear the correct pronunciation. Then, practice, practice, practice, and you’ll pick up the Venice language in no time.