The capital of the Veneto region draws its name from the Veneti people who first lived in the region during the 10th century BC. It has been described as “the most beautiful city built by man.” Canals and bridges connect the small islands the palazzos and alleys are built on, and famous sites like Rialto Bridge, Saint Mark’s Square, and the Campanile Tower make popular motifs for souvenir photographs. Looking back on its moving history, Venice has truly deserved its place amongst one of the world’s most visited cities.
Location: Lagoon City at the Adriatic Coast
Venice spreads across 118 smaller islands, and its famous canals are fed by the waters of the Venice Lagoon, in which the rivers Po and Piave lead into. The offshore islands of Lido and Pellestrina offer kilometers long beaches on the Adriatic Sea, whereas the rest of the city does not have any beaches at all. The historic old town is connected to the mainland via rail, and transportation within the city uses water taxis, and the oh-so-romantic gondolas. Venice International Airport lies on the mainland, less than 15 kilometers from the train station.
Business: A Traveler’s Dream Come True
Thanks to its unique setting, famous cuisine, and amazing architecture, thousands of visitors flock to Venice each year, ensuring the city a booming economy. Hotels and pensions are often sold out, and at times, it is hard to find a seat in a café or restaurant. The singing gondoliers are busy from dusk until dawn, too. With the annual Film Festival and the Biennale, and the Carnival of Venice, famous actors also visit the city. But Venice also stands for Murano Glass, which still today is produced on Murano Island
Culture: Carnival, Palazzos, and Canals
Venice has been widely described and seen in films, music, novels, and more. Not only has architecture greatly influenced the city, but music and interior design have done their parts as well. The famous masks of the Carnival are popular souvenirs, and a visit to the city would not be complete without a gondola tour on the Canale Grande, passing the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Venetian cuisine has founds its way to Michelin-starred restaurants all over the world, featuring seafood and beef carpaccio, which was invented in Harry’s Bar.
Activities: Avoid the streams of tourists
There’s much to do, see, and explore in Venice. Of course, there are famous museums, as well as the vast range of architecture that shouldn’t be missed. But, a side trip to the less crowded alleys, away from Saint Mark’s Square, is worthwhile. Explore the periphery of the old town, where lovingly restored palazzos and quaint markets show the real, authentic city life of Venice.