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Venice

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy

Venice

Venice is the only city of its kind in the world because of the way it was developed: it was built on over 100 islands in a lagoon four kilometers from terra firma and two kilometers from the Adriatic Sea. The entire historic center, crisscrossed by canals connected by hundreds of bridges, is a treasure from the artistic and architectural point of view.

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Highlights
Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance are the principal reference points for the artistic development of Venice. Marbles and columns arrived from the Middle East at the lagoon city, where projects for the construction of the first great buildings were directed by masters from the East and from Ravenna. The Basilica of San Marco is a masterpiece of Romanesque-Byzantine style, the center of Venetian life for all times. Today few buildings remain from that period and their locations demonstrate clearly the early lines of the city's development: from San Marco to Rialto and, along the borders of the Grand Canal, from San Zan Degola to San Polo.
Geography/Environment
Venice is built on 117 small islands, and has some 150 canals and 409 bridges (only three of which cross the Grand Canal). The historic centre is divided into six sestieri (quarters): San Marco, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce, Cannaregio and Castello. It covers a deceptively small area (7.6 sq km/3 sq mi) - if you don't get lost (which you will!), walking from Cannaregio in the northwest to Dorsoduro in the south should take only 30 minutes. The city's 'main street' is the Grand Canal, which passes each of the districts as it twists along the length of Venice from the railway station to San Marco. Venice goes well beyond the six sestieri. The shallow waters of the Laguna Veneta are dotted by a crumbling mosaic of islands, including Murano, Burano and Torcello.
Activities
Walking, Shopping, Museums, Eating, and don't forget the romantic serenaded gondola ride.
Climate and Weather
Venice becomes extremely hot in July and August, but outside these months the weather is not too excessive. However, bear in mind that Venice, due to its location on the Adriatic coast, suffers from frequent thunderstorms and rain showers.

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Venice Reviews
Rome, Venice, Italy
by Rosa Silipo last updated on 10/21/2008
I recently took an escorted tour of Italy with Perillo tours. Being Italian I wanted to go and see the major the highlights of Italy that I had never been able to see before. My tour started out in Rome and that is where we took a tour of the entire...
<p>Rome, Florence, and Venice are three very different cities to explore, but each have their own unique charm. Rome is a very large, explorable city which has much to offer. There is Ancient history, such as the Forum, and Colosseum to see and...