Italy – Veneto
Introduction : Venice is a beautiful water city and is the capital of the region of Veneto in Italy. The city was inscribed into the world heritage list of UNESCO in 1987. Venice is a unique artistic achievement built on 118 small islands that float on the waters of the lagoon and is an architectural master piece of the world that has existed for more than 1000 years and is a great place for couples and families going on a romantic and luxury tour.
Panaroma of the Venice City
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The St Mark’s Square
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Some attractions :
Grand Canal : Take a boat ride and experience the water lifestyle of Venice.
Teatro La Fenice – An opera house and one of the most famous theatres in the whole of Europe
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari – also known as St. Mary of the Friars is one of the most important churches of the city and took almost a century to build from 1250 AD to 1338 AD. 2nd tallest church in the city.
Palazzo Ducale – Also known as Doge’s Palace and is one of the landmarks in Venice. It was the home to the highest authority in Venice for more than a 1000 years.
Piazza San Marco – Known in English as St. Mark’s Square, it is the social, religious and political centre of Venice where the voices of human prevail over motorized traffic in the city.
The Grand Canal at night looking from the Rialto Bridge
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The Doge’s Palace is one of the landmarks of Venice
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St Mary of the Friars Church
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The first inhabitants of Venice consisted of refugees from Roman cities near Venice such as Padua and Aquileia who were fleeing from Germanic and Hun invasions during around 300 AD and the founding of the Republic of Venice took place on 421 AD by the authories in Padua establising a trading post in the region. Venice prospered for many years until the Ottoman Empire declared war on them during the 16th century costing the city a big share of its possessions. The city became part of the new found Kingdom of Italy during the Third Italian War of Independence.
Narrow waterway in Venice
The Teatro La Fenice is one of the most famous theatres in Europe
Getting there :
The nearest internationl airport to Venice is the Venice Marco Polo Airport which serves most flights from Europe and is around 14 km from the city.