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Venetia, the name of the region encompassing Venice, has a radiant, picturesque authenticity, as do the related Venezia and Venice.

Venetia is the title of a novel by Benjamin Disraeli centering on the character Venetia Herbert, and Venetia Anastasia Stanley was a famous seventeenth century beauty.

Verona is another pretty Italian place name possibility.

Famous People Named Venetia

Venetia Anastasia Stanley, 17th-century beauty; married scientist/adventurer Sir Kenelm Digby ("putting her notorious life behind her and becoming a model wife")
Venetia Stevenson, British actress, dubbed "Most Dated Doll" of 1960's
Venetia Burney, 11-year-old schoolgirl who named the dwarf planet Pluto in 1930
Venetia Scott, fashion editor/stylist/photographer

Pop Culture References for the name Venetia

Venetia (1837), novel by Benjamin Disraeli
Venetia (1958), novel by Georgette Heyer
Venetian blinds are a kind of curtain.
Venetia Carter (was Grime), a character in Sophie Kinsella's "Shopaholic" series
Venetia Yewbeam, a character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series