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Venice City. The City called “La Dominante”, “La Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City“, and “City of Canals”, this city is actually all on water, the streets are on the water and it’s the capital of the Veneto region.
Situated on a group of 118 small islands that separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges.
The Venice metropolitan area has a total population of 2.6 million people, and 20 million tourists visiting the city per year.
The name is derived from the ancient Veneti. Became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.
Venice Nicknames: “La Dominante”, “La Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City” and “City of Canals”.
Several parts of Venice are famous for the beauty of their settings, architecture and artwork.
It faces challenges like excessive number of tourists and pollution but has still remained among the most popular tourist destinations and undoubtedly the “most beautiful city built by man.”
8 Things to Do and Not to Do in Venice City
- Don’t: Attempt to see all the top Venice sights. Instead: Pick a few and see them well.
- Don’t: Stare across at the Bridge of Sighs. Instead: Go inside the bridge and stare out.
- Don’t: Pay tourist prices for coffee.Instead: Spend like the locals.
- Don’t take a Gondola ride. Instead: Take a Venice boat tour.
- Don’t climb San Marco Campanile. Instead: Ascend the San Giorgio Maggiore for the best views in Venice.
- Don’t: Linger around St. Marks square. Instead: Head to Canareggio for crowd-free Venice.
- Don’t play Russian Roulette with the food. Instead: Take a Venice food tour with a local.
- Don’t: Sweat away your day battling crowds. Instead: See Venice at night.
10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT VENICE CITY
- Built on logs. Venice is built on millions of petrified logs that have been driven in to the ground.
- City of Islands. The 118 islands that make up Venice are connected by around 400 bridges and over 170 canals.
- The Independent Republic. Venice was an independent Republic for more than 1,100 years.
- Venetians are unhappy about Unsustainable Tourism. Venice receives over 20 million tourists a year and this has made the residents unhappy due to this high number.
- Locals are Leaving. Conversely, the local population of Venice has rapidly decreased in recent years as many leave due to the increasing cost of living and overcrowding of the city. There are now around 55,000 full-time residents.
- Venice is SINKING. Analysis has shown that the city is subsiding by about 1-2 mm per year.
- There are only 3 or 4 new Gondoliers each year. You need a professional license to become a gondolier by undergoing a gondolier course.
- Venice is home to the narrowest streets in the world. Calle Varisco is just 53cm wide.
- Cycling is not allowed in Venice. Skateboards, Roller Skates or Bikes are not allowed.
- There is only one female Gondolier.
- St Marks Companile is one of the newest additions to Venice.
12 BEST THINGS TO DO IN VENICE.
- Just Wander around Venice. The main city of Venice is small enough that you can walk it in several hours.
- St. Mark’s Square.The best things to do here? Take a 360° panorama photo, feed (or run through) the pigeons, and go people watching.
- Climb the Campanile Di San Marco.The only way to the top is by elevator. From the top, your reward is one of the best views of the city.
- View Venice from the Rialto Bridge.From the top of the bridge, enjoy another fantastic, iconic view of this city. See it at sunrise, see it at sunset, join the crowds of tourists in the middle of the day.
- Gondola Ride.a visit to Venice would not be complete without a gondola ride through the canals.
- The Bridge of Sighs.Stand facing the Doges’ Palace with the Grand Canal behind you. There is a small bridge that spans the canal along the eastern border of the Doges’ Palace.
- Saint Mark’s Basilica.During the summer months, expect lines to be long. Very long. Arrive early or very late for your best chance of not waiting in an epic line.
- St. Mark’s Square.Whilst St. Mark’s Basilica is the most famous building in Venice, St Mark’s Square is the most famous piazza.
- Canale Grande.Venice has literally hundreds of canals that connect the various islands that make up the city – the largest of which is the Canale Grande.
- Ponte di Rialto.As one of the bridges that spans the impressive Grand Canal, the Ponte di Rialto is undoubtedly the most famous and iconic.
- Venice Lido.If you are looking for a spot of relaxation and to get away from the bulk of the tourists, the Lido is the place to go.
- Doges Palace.One of the most renowned buildings in Venice aside from the Basilica and Campanile, Doges Palace also sits in St. Mark’s Square but looks out onto the grand canal.