Venice – Italy

Location

Italy neighbors Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and France, and the former Yugoslavian countries across the Adriatic sea. Venice is located in the North eastern Italy and the Adriatic Sea is to its border. The city is protected from the Sea by Lido, which is a strip of land. It is situated on the Veneto. It is one of the major cities in the country and known for its romantic gateway as well. Venice comprises of 117 bodies of land that are all connected by around 400 bridges and has 150 canals.

Historical background of Venice

Records say that early settlements in Venice were found in 600 CE. By the end of 7th century Venice was quite developed. It was now ruled by Byzantine Empire. Later it was ruled by the Lombards. By 1144 the city had attained a good name in trading and was rich and gained independence. By 1420 – 50, Venice was a powerful and wealthy place. However, its decline started in 1453 when Ottoman Turks attacked and defeated Constantinople. With many such incidences and other trade routes that were now being discovered, Venice lost its charm and further declined. In 1797, Napoleon’s army attacked the city and founded a new government there. The city was further damaged till Napoleon fell from power. In 1846, the city was connected to mainland and development took place. In 1860, it was connected to the Kingdom of Italy.

Why visit

Venice is popular for its rich monuments and ancient buildings that are still in great form. Some of the buildings are very popular among tourists and are very attractive. Beginning with Piazza San Marco, it is the important square of Venice and comprises of live music in the evenings. The square provides a great view of the whole city along with the waterfront. Tourists can also check the Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco, which are the prominent attractions here. Canal Grande or the Grand Canal is a popular attraction that winds along the cities center right from the station to the Piazza San Marco. It comprises of various grand structures that were built during the ancient times. Tourists love to hire a water taxi while going through the monuments. Some other attractions are the Palazza Ducale, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Rialto Bridge, Murano, Bridge of Sighs, Lido di Venezia and many more.

What not to miss

Begin with a ride in the Gondola in Venice that will take you on a romantic ride through the Grand Canal, under the ancient bridges, cafes, grand balconies and busy streets. Hear the gondolier sing through the way for the whole ride. There are plenty of things that you can do in Venice. The Teatro La Fenice is an oldest Opera house here and visitors can enjoy a good show here. Correr Civic Museum is another place where you can enjoy the art and various other artifacts from the historical times. Venice also has its festivals and one of them is the Venice Carnevale that lasts for many weeks. It comprises of entertainment, costume characters and various food stalls as well. If you want to visit the islands then the best three islands are Torcello, Burano and Murano. Besides, Venice Lido has good beaches as well.

Accommodation in the nearby

There are luxurious as well as budget hotels that you can book for your holiday in Venice. There are some comfortable bed and breakfast hotels also. One can also find romantic hotels which are booked by honeymoon couples. Venice is not a large location so finding a good hotel near a good spot is easy. One can find a hotel near every major tourist attraction in Venice. You can opt from the mainland or the Central Venice or outside Venice. Lido and Mestre can also be a good choice for stay.  

Venice carnival

The Carnival of Venice (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is famed for its elaborate masks.

 

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