Your travel guide to Venice
Queen of the Adriatic, home to st. Marks place and the annual Venice Film Festival, this famous city on water is a maze of canals, Venetian restaurants and gondola rides waiting to be discovered. Whether you're landing at Venice International Airport or coming in from Treviso Airport to Venice, a ride on a vaporetto - Venice's modern-day solution to living on the water is inevitable. Speeding across the cool blue waves to your 3 star hotel in Venice proper fills you with a sense of leaving the world behind and entering the enchanting city of Al Pacino's Merchant of Venice and Marco Polo's Million.
Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Venezia holds a special charm as its population seems not to care about the fact that it's sinking, nor that having canals instead of roads is inconceivably impractical for the rest of us. Nevertheless, Venice's history of water has transformed it into Europe's largest urban car-free area which manages to hold a multitude of museums, palazzi, bridges and churches.
Among the world's most famous bridges, Venice's Rialto and the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) come high on the list and are best seen on a gondola. As you float up the Grand Canal, you'll know just why you chose to visit Venice and are sure to promise to come back before it disappears completely! Nothing beats a Grand Canal hotel but if you're looking for something a little cheaper, have no fear.
No trip to Venice is complete without visiting San Marco square and the basilica, filled strangely enough with hundreds of pigeons. Hop on a Venice vaporetto to Murano Island for the wonderful glass factories for which it has become world famous, but remember if you break, you pay!
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