FINAL FANTASY XV – Altissia and Venice: Cities on the Sea

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

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Miscellaneous Altissia and Venice

Prompto: “Wow, this place is so romantic.”
Gladiolus: “And you get to enjoy it with us.”
Noctis: “All three of us.”
Ignis: “You are a lucky man.”


Open Air Music in Altissia (Top) and Venice (Bottom)

Altissia | Music

Altissia | San Marco Cafe

Both Altissia (top) and Venice (bottom) have a love for open air music. During the day in Altissia, you can frequently hear music playing down by the waterfront. In San Marco’s Square in Venice, just a stone’s throw away from the Basilica, there are cafes that line the central palazo that play music until the late hours of the night, and it is very easy to get addicted to listening to them play. Just a fair warning: If you sit down at one, you will get charged a cover fee…But there is never a fee to just stand and listen.


Public Water Fountains in Altissia (Left) and Venice (Right)

Altissia Altissia

In both Altissia and Venice, there are public water fountains scattered throughout the city, and they are easily accessible at all hours of the day. As a side note: the water in Venice is quite drinkable from the tap!


Newsstands in Altissia (Left) and Venice (Right)

Altissia Altissia

In Altissia, Noctis and his Kingsguard can approach the newsstand just a few steps away from Port Station to ask for tourist information. In Venice, however, the newsstands scattered throughout the city are better known for their imported trinkets and kitsch tourist gifts than any advice on navigating the city.


Plant Life in Altissia (Top) and Venice (Bottom)

Altissia | FlowersAltissia | Trees

In what should be a surprise to no one…when you build a city near water, it is always easy to find flowers nearby. Both Altissia and Venice have beautiful plant life in the most unlikely of places (and for Venice, wide swaths of nature can be found on some of the outlying islands like Torcello.)

Altissia | Flowers Altissia | Trees


Flags in Altissia (Left) and Venice (Right)

Altissia | Flag Altissia | Flag

All over Altissia are banners and flags with pair of gold lions above an image of the Arena Galviano, where the Totomostro takes place. The Venetian flag is a bit different, and does not advertise any particular event. Instead, it contains the Lion of Saint Mark with open Scripture before him, and the seven tails attached to the flag represent the seven  province capitals of Venice.

 So there you have it!  There are a lot of similarities between the two, and it is clear that the team behind FINAL FANTASY XV drew upon the wondrous City of Venice as an inspiration for where Prince Noctis and Lady Lunafreya were to get married.

Next up: Lestallum and Cuba…

What do you think of the similarities between Altissia and Venice? Have you ever been to Venice? Let us know in the comments below!

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