Venice Italy

Venezia, Venice Italy

Venice, or Venezia in Italian, known as the Queen of the Adriatic Sea, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. It is also known as the City of Bridges, City of Masks, and the Floating City.

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Venice Italy

Beautiful and Romantic

Venice is the most romantic destination for honeymooners, couples, and anyone who has ever been fascinated by its magical streets and canals.

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Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the magical floating city is surrounded by water from all sides, making it geographically unique.

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The Grand Canal in Venice

Where is Venice?

The city is located off the western Italian coast and is 277 km west of Milan and 546 km north of Rome. A small city, the main way of getting around is by foot. Many streets and most alleys restrict vehicles. Ferry, water boats, and water taxis are the only transportation between islands.

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An elegant gondola

Gondolas, while very romantic, are primarily utilized for sightseeing, and are not practical modes of transportation.

History

Most historians believe that the city was founded in 421 AD. At first, the inhabitants built their houses on the unstable marshes of the lagoon, and lived by fishing and salt trade.

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Sunset Over Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

The location for the city of Venice was chosen out of necessity. It was occupied by a group of merchants trying to escape barbarian attacks in the northern region of the country. They found an archipelago formed out of 120 submerged islands. They built their first houses on the marshes.

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Walkway in Venice

Features

Over 400 bridges cross the labyrinth of 177 canals. The entire traffic is solely based on maritime transportation, like pinnaces, ferryboats, and gondolas. The city has around 7,000 chimneys that come in 10 different styles and shapes.

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Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

There are 170 bell towers, and the tallest one is San Marco, which is 275 feet tall. Bell towers are an important form of communication in Venetian culture.

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A Gondolier

Known throughout the world as a floating city, there are 177 canals crossing it and the deepest ones are 50 feet.

Clean Waters

Although it is built directly on the seawater, the regular controls show that the Adriatic is very clean and safe for swimming.

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Not only is the drinking water safe in Venice, but authorities have distributed glass containers for drinking the city’s water in the past to discourage using plastic water bottles.

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The Gondolas

The Venetian boats, or the gondolas, are the traditional means of transportation in Venice. Each of these elegant boats is constructed out of no less than 280 pieces, sculpted from eight different types of wood.

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Gondolas in Venice

There are only 400 licensed gondoliers in Venice.

Travel and Tourism

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Traditional gondola ride

Venetians rely on tourism as a source of income. The floating city takes pride in its museums, monuments, and churches, which are considered a valuable part of the artistic global treasury.

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Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Venezia is a fascinating city that attracts millions of visitors from all over the world, drawn here by its narrow streets, romantic gondola rides, unique landmarks, and legends.

World Heritage Site

“The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world’s greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and others,” the World Heritage Web site says of the city.

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Gondola in Venice

Venice and its lagoon joined the World Heritage List in 1987.

(See also: St. Mark’s Basilica, Italy)