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Surroundings: Venice

Venice is a city in northern Italy, the capital of region Veneto. Venice has been known as the "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Bridges", and "The City of Light". It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The city stretches across 118 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy.

The Venetian Republic was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain and spice trade) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century.

Napoleon called Piazza San Marco “The most elegant drawing room of Europe”. And that is true.
In any season, with any weather, Venice offers unending emotions. Various tours wait for you: every calle and every little stream is a concentration of history, art and architecture that fascinates tourists coming from all over the world.

Surely “The drawing room of Europe”, that is St. Mark's Square, is the most important point of any visit to the magical city on the water. The St. Mark's Basilica with the characteristic five cupolas, the Doge's Palace, ancient government's seat of the Serenissima and at this day museum and the St. Mark's Bell Tower, built in 1173 as lighthouse for sailors and rebuilt in the early 1900, leave tourists breathless.Elegant historic cafés and luxury shops surround Piazza San Marco, completing “The drawing room of Europe”.

All buildings and monuments are worth visiting, but in a classic one day tour can not miss the Rialto Bridge on Canal Grande, the La Fenice theatre, the Bridge of Sighs and the Ghetto of Venice.
A special moment to visit Venice is the Carnival: coloured confetti invade every part of the city and the beautiful and elegant traditional costumes mingle with the thousands of adults and children.
Another very important event for Venice is the International Film Festival, that takes place between late August and early September at the Venice Lido.

By ferry you can visit also the three largest isles: Burano, Murano and Torcello.
Burano fascinates tourists for the art of lace, born in the sixteenth century, and for its typical brightly coloured houses.
Right from the beginning, that is from 1291, Murano is known throughout the world for the manufacture of glass. Here you can visit the Glass Museum and see the glassmakers turn molten glass into beautiful shapes.
Torcello is an isle that has 20 inhabitants, but it attracts a lot of visitors for its priceless archaeological heritage. The most important monument is the Byzantine Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, dated 1008.

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