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Venice is the most beautiful city I have ever visited. Venice is not only beautiful, but also unique

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Grand Canal seen from Rialto Bridge

Venice (English; Italian: Venezia) is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.

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It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers.

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Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon

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The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC.The city historically was the capital of the Republic of Venice

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Venice has been known as the “La Dominante”, “Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City”, and “City of Canals”

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Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world for its celebrated art and architecture

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The city has an average of 50,000 tourists a day. In 2006, it was the world’s 28th most internationally visited city, with 2.927 million international arrivals that year

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VENICE IN ONE DAY

Piazzale Roma

Piazzale Roma water bus stop

Piazzale Roma is a square in Venice, at the entrance of the city. The square acts as the main bus station for Venice

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A vaporetto is a water taxi or waterbus in Venice. There are 19 scheduled lines that serve locales within Venice, and travel between Venice and nearby islands

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Piazza San Marco and Doge’s Palace seen from water bus

 

EXPLORING VENICE ON FOOT

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There are two main areas. Piazza San Marco with the Basilica, the social, religious and political centre of Venice. And Rialto, the commercial and financial center.

PIAZZA SAN MARCO

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco (often known in English as St Mark’s Square), is the principal public square of Venice, where it is generally known just as “the Piazza” (la Piazza).

Basilica di San Marco

Basilica di San Marco

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark (officially known in Italian as the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco and commonly known as Saint Mark’s Basilica) is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture.

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doge’s palace

The Doge’s Palace (Italian: Palazzo Ducale) is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice, opening as a museum in 1923

clock tower

clock tower

The Clock Tower (Torre dell’Orologio), in Venice is an early renaissance building on the north side of the Piazza San Marco at the entrance to the Merceria..It was placed where the clock would be visible from the waters of the lagoon and give notice to everyone of the wealth and glory of Venice.

St Mark’s Campanile (Campanile di San Marco in Italian) -the bell tower- is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.The tower is 98.6 metres (323 ft) tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark’s Square, near the front of the basilica.

Procuratie Nuove and the Napoleonic Wing

Procuratie Nuove and the Napoleonic Wing

The Procuratie ( Procuratie Vecchie-north, Procuratie Nuoveare-south and Napoleonic Wing) are three connected buildings on St Mark’s Square.  They are historic buildings over arcades, the last of them completed, to finish off the square, under Napoleon’s occupation

 

 bridge of sighs

bridge of sighs

bridge of sighs

A local legend says that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs as the bells of St Mark’s Campanile toll

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RIALTO

rialto bridge

rialto bridge

The Rialto is and has been for many centuries the financial and commercial centre of Venice. Also known for its markets and for the Rialto Bridge across the Grand Canal

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grand canal

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spices market

grand canal

grand canal

 

GONDOLA RIDE

Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria della Salute

gondola ride was one of my dreams

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The gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon

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The gondola is propelled by a person (the gondolier) who stands facing the bow

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Taking a gondola ride through the canals of Venice can be very romantic

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text taken from wikipedia

 

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