A world famous city, Venice is a city in northeastern Italy located on a group of 118 small islands that are naturally separated by canals and linked by manmade bridges. The city is extremely popular for its beautiful locations, artworks and stunning architecture. The whole city has been declared as a world Heritage site by UNESCO. Serving as the capital of Veneto Region, Venice is situated at an elevation of 1 meter above sea level and sprawls on an area of 414.57 km2. La Dominante, Serenissima, ‘Queen of the Adriatic, City of Water, City of Bridges, the Floating City and City of Canals are some of the tags associated with Venice. The New York Times declared Venice as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man" while the city was attributed as being one of Europe's most romantic cities by Times Online. As per the data recoded in 2009, the city was home to 270,660 people. Most of the people living in Venice speak Venetian. Italian, French, Spanish and English are also spoken.
All the flights headed for Venice land at the Marco Polo International Airport, or Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo which is the major international airport serving Venice. Treviso Airport in Treviso, 30 km from Venice is also a major airport and some of the flights land here. The climate of Venice can be classified as humid subtropical climate featuring cool winters and very warm summers. The city remains wet for most part of the year. January is the closest month of the year while July and August is the warmest. The months from September to November and from March to May are best for planning trip to Venice. Carnevale in February, Biennale for Art from June to November and Festa del Redentore in July are the major festivals held in Venice and huge number of international tourists come to Venice to attend these festivals.
The most exciting and popular attraction in Venice is taking a Gondola ride to explore the natural canals of the city. One of the most romantic activities in the world, it is cherished by people of all ages. The San Marcs is a major attraction and the most happening square in the city. a unique repository of art, Venetian masters of art, showcases some of the works by Venice’s grand masters Titian, Tintoretto, Canaletto and Tiepolo. Go atop the Campanile building to enjoy breath taking views of the city. Taking a bus to explore the Grand Canal is another activity tourists cannot miss in Venice. The city’s contemporary art scene can be viewed at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Punta della Dogana.
St. Mark's Basilica is one of the best known churches in the world and is an example of Europe's finest architecture. Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) and Bridge of Sighs is one of the most beautiful palaces in Venice. Scuola Grande di San Rocco (impressive white marble building), Ca' d'Oro (perfect example of Venetian Gothic), Murano and Burano (a unique ride to lagoon of Murano to see the famous glass work of Venice), Galleria dell'Accademia (a fine arts museum), Palazzo Rezzonico (historical building), Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (a popular Gothic Church), Santa Maria dei Miracoli (a masterpiece of Early Renaissance architecture by Pietro Lombardo. ) Lido (Europe's first real beach resort)and Torcello Island (historical town) are some of the many sightseeing places that tourists cannot afford to miss on their trip to Venice.
Eating and Shopping
Venice is extremely popular for its variety of seafood which can be best savored at the stalls of the Rialto and Chioggia markets. While sea food is major component of Venetian cuisine, fresh garden products are also used commonly. Sarde in saor, Risi e bisi, Fegato alla veneziana, Risotto with Cuttlefish, Cicchetti, Antipasti, Prosecco, Bisàto, baicoli, Pan del pescatore, Fregolotta, Crostoli, Rosada and Zaléti are some the dishes indigenous to Venice and tourists should not miss enjoying them. If you are not too keen on having the Venetian cuisine, multi cuisine options are available at most of the restaurants. Osteria Boccadoro, Locanda Cirpriani, Antiche Carampane and L’Alcova Restaurant are some of the finest dining places in Venice.
Exquisite glass and original lamps, fine fabrics and genuine gemmed jeweler are some of the most popular items tourists can buy in Venice. International bran outlets, luxury boutiques and large departmental stores can be found in most parts of the city. Rialto on the San Polo is the oldest market in Venice and Mercerie, Castello district; Cannaregio and Strada Nova are some of the major street markets in Venice. To buy authentic glass ware head to the island of Murano, as this is the center of Venice’s glass industry. If you are looking to buy authentic stuff make sure you buy it from the store as the ones sold at cheap prices on the road can be a facsimile.
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