Venice, also known as La Dominante, Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic, City of Water, City of Bridges, and The City of Light, stretches across 118 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon. Historically an independent nation and one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, it has many spectacular celebrations and festivals that make it perfect for a romantic getaway or family vacation.
Activities & Attractions
Piazza San Marco is the only true piazza in Venice. Very important religious and political activities have taken place there and it has been the center of Venetian social life for almost a millennium. There are also many museums, campi, palazzi (palaces), churches and other wonderful buildings that make Venice an interesting place to explore. The villas of the Veneto are some of the most interesting aspects of the Venetian countryside. They are surrounded by elegant gardens and are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Built on an archipelago of 18 islands formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon, Venice is world famous for its canals. The shopping there is world renowned because of fabulous places like the San Marco area and Mercerie shopping streets. You can find quality brand products in all price ranges, but be careful not to be cheated by illegal street vendors.
Venice is underneath water and thought to be slowly sinking, but some recent research indicates that it may no longer be sinking. This is part of the reason that there is a festival to celebrate that Venice is still above water. When you get to see this celebration and many other festivals like it, you will be opened up to a whole new world of excitement, memories and fun.
There are many different types of accommodations in Venice, but some people may prefer staying outside central Venice to avoid crowds and spending a lot of money. For visitors on a short trip, there are many hotels, inns and hostels on the main road near the airport. For more information about lodging in Venice consult the resource section below.
Traveling through Venice for the first time - especially during a festival or celebration - can be confusing. There is a chance you will get lost, so it is recommended to purchase a guide that shows you the places you want to go to. Though rail and roadways have been developed in parts of Venice, inside the city you rely mostly on walking, boats and water taxis. For travel to and from the city by air, there is the Marco Polo International Airport.