Meaning of "Fondamenta" in Venice

Old Feb 6th, 2002, 03:58 AM
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Meaning of "Fondamenta" in Venice

Several of the canal walkways are titled "Fondamenta" such as Fondamenta della Sensa and Fondamenta Madonna Dell' Orto. What is the meaning of Fondamenta or Fondamente?
Old Feb 6th, 2002, 04:10 AM
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Old Feb 6th, 2002, 05:11 AM
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Fondamenta means a street parallel to a canal other than Canal Grande and the lagoon (case in which they're called Riva). The name comes from the fact that they serve as a base/foundation (as pointed out by xxx) to buildings.

Though I wouldn't bet my life on it, the meanings of other Venetian words are the following:

Calle: street (length larger than width)
Campiello: small square
Campo: square (once upon a time covered with pasture)
Corte: small square surrounded by buidings, normally with a single entrance
Lista: street bordering a foreign ambassator palace; thus with diplomatic immunity
Merceria: street lined with shops
Piscina: pool, now burried
Ramo: street that brances of a calle, a corte or fondamenta; thus, Ramo Calle, Ramo Corte, Ramo Fondamenta
Rio: small canal
Rio Terà: means "burried canal", a street that results when a canal is filled with earth
Riva: street that is ligned with the lagoon or Canal Grande
Ruga: the first streets to be ligned with houses and shops in both sides
Rughetta: small "ruga"
Salizzada: the first (important) streets to be paved
Sotoportego: street that crosses under a building

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