The City of Lovers
Venice is called “the city of lovers” since there are no cars and you can enjoy long and romantic walks only surrounded by the noise of the water splashing on the banks.
Venice takes up an area of more than 7 km², distributed on 118 small islands connected by 418 bridges and divided by 160 canals, among which the most important is the Canal Grande (Grand Canal). The city of Venice is far larger and it encompasses many territories on the mainland, the wonderful islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello and the areas on the litoral that divides the lagoon from the Adriatic sea: Lido and Pellestrina.
Venice is a city of art and culture, it is full of galleries and museums. IN every month there are exhibitions, concerts and internationally well-known events as the Cinema Festival and the Biennale of art and architecture (Biennal exhibition).
The heart of the city is Piazza San Marco (San Mark’s Square) and the homonymous basilica which was built up in 9th century. Next to the basilica you can find the Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace) where many centuries ago the government body and the doge lived.
If you go through the less known zones of Venice, you’ll discover a silent and peaceful city similar to the sleeping city depicted in the Canaletto’s pictures.
Campi (squares), canals, small rivers, bridges, salizzade (paved main streets), calli (alleys) are the main ingredients of Venice. There are almost 3000 streets you can go through in order to admire the gorgeous attractions of this wonderful city.
Different attractions are not very far one from another and you can visit the whole city only strolling around. In order to reach the islands, the most common mean of transport re the vaporetti (the typical Venetian boats).
The city of Venice is divided into two part by the famous Canal Grande (Grand Canal).
In Venice there are six big areas called sestieri: Cannaregio, San Marco, Castello, Santa Croce, San Polo e Dorsoduro. The most symbolic places of the city are Rialto e San Marco.