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Venice, Italy

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Venice Overview

Venice, the capital of the Veneto region in Northern Italy, is easily one of the most enchanting cities in the world. This “City of Bridges” is made up of 118 small islands that cover the Venetian Lagoon and continue out into the Adriatic Sea. The city holds a mix of rich history and folklore and its mysterious charm attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Venice is built around an intricate system of 150 canals and the main mode of transportation is by boat and gondola. Its famous gondolas offer guests a truly unique way to experience this delightful city. There are some regular bus routes that run along the roads but it’s recommended that tourists experience the thrill of the city via its waterways.

Venice is a city with thousands of stories that stretch out over hundreds of centuries. The city is home to some of Europe’s richest historical landmarks and offers visitors not only a beautiful environment but also the option to experience many architectural, aesthetic and historical treasures.

Venice itself is physically quite delicate and requires a great deal of management and upkeep in order to maintain its splendor. Flooding has been a problem in Venice for generations and throughout the years (leading up until today) the Italian government has used many different techniques to essentially save the city from sinking. Currently, the threat is under control and Venice residents are concerning themselves with the upkeep of the superficial layer of the city where dilapidated buildings are being reconstructed and waste-management is a top priority.

Venice is one of the world’s most historically alluring cities. Famous artists, philosophers, architects and musicians make up the threads the city’s intricately woven cultural tapestry. Today, visitors can walk in the footsteps of men like Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Tintoretto, Scarpa and Modena. Students studying the Renaissance and Baroque periods (under a plethora of subjects) flock to Venice from across the globe in order to breathe in the history that is still alive and flourishing in this exceptional city.

Venice experiences its “high-season” from late March through May. Visitors with flexible schedules also prefer September when it’s a bit quieter but the weather is still spectacular. Wintertime in Venice gets to be quite cold but for those who are used to a cold climate or feel like confronting nature in all its glory, Venice is absolutely magical under a blanket of crisp, white snow. Christmas in Venice is an experience you will never forget and if you plan to be in the area during February, make sure to attend the famous Carnival of Venice (Carnevale Di Venezia). This celebration takes place during the 40 days leading up to Easter. Participants wear masks and costumes and the atmosphere is reminiscent of a Hollywood movie. During the Carnival of Venice you will be treated to masquerade balls, unmatched street entertainment, a variety of music and special foods.

When visiting this city, make sure schedule plenty of time to see the many assorted wonders that Venice has to offer.
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