Quarantine is derived from the Venetian (and Italian) word for forty, because the quarantine period on the Lazzaretto Nuovo ended up around forty days.
Ciao – the Italian informal salute – is actually Venetian, and has its roots in the medieval slave trade.
The Venetian lawmakers voted by casting a small ball in a vase. That ball, a balote, became a ballot in the United States.
The word “Lazaret” (“Lazzaretto” in Italian) comes from the original name of the medieval plague hospital in the Venetian Lagoon.
The now almost extinct Venetian language was once widely spoken around Europe, and some Venetian words have survived.