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Holiday Destination: Venice

Venice is a city in northeast Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon. The city historically was the capital of the Venetian Republic. Venice has also been described by the Times Online as being one of Europe's most romantic cities. The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. With the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square kilometre, you’d think the city would take it easy, maybe rest on its laurels. But Venice refuses to retire from the inspiration business. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Climate

Summer 22.7 °C (72.9 °F), Winter 2.5 °C (36.5 °F)

Tourist Season

May, June, September, and early October is the best for visiting Venice.

Accommodation

Hotels and Apartments .

General Information Of Venice

  • Land Area: 160.07 sq mi (414.57 km2)
  • Population: 2 Lakh.
  • Capital City: Veneto.
  • Language: English and Italian.

Tourist Attraction in or Near by Venice

St. Mark's Basilica

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has only been the city's cathedral since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, formerly at San Pietro di Castello. For its opulent design, gilded Byzantine mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, from the 11th century on the building has been known by the nickname Chiesa d'Oro.

Grand Canal

The Grand Canal is a canal in Venice, Italy. It forms one of the major water traffic corridors in the city. Public transport is provided by water buses and private water taxis, and many tourists explore the canal by gondola. At one end the canal leads into the lagoon near Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads into Saint Mark Basin, in between it makes a large S shape through the central districts of Venice. It is 3,800 m long, 30/90 m wide, with an average depth of 5 mt. Because most of the city's traffic goes along the Canal rather than across it, only one bridge crossed the canal until the 19th century, the Rialto Bridge.

Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal, and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo. It is the oldest bridge across the canal and probably the most famous in the city. The first dry crossing of the Grand Canal was a pontoon bridge built in 1181 by Nicolò Barattieri.It was called the Ponte della Moneta, presumably because of the mint that stood near its eastern entrance.

Gondola Rides

The gondola is a traditional, flat bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon. For centuries gondolas were the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. In modern times the iconic boats still have a role in public transport in the city, serving as traghetti over the Grand Canal. They are also used in special regattas held amongst gondoliers. The gondola is propelled like punting, except an oar is used instead of a pole. Their primary role today, however, is to carry tourists on rides at fixed rates.

St Mark's Square

St Mark's Square is the principal square of Venice, Italy. A remark often attributed to Napoleon but perhaps more correctly to Alfred de Musset calls the Piazza San Marco, The drawing room of Europe. It is one of the few great urban spaces in a Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic, which is confined to Venice's waterways. It is the only urban space called a piazza in Venice; the others, regardless of size, are called campi.

Gallerie dell'Accademia

The Gallerie dell'Accademia is a museum gallery of pre 19th century art in Venice, northern Italy. Situated on the south bank of the Grand Canal, within the sestiere of Dorsoduro, it gives its name to one of the three bridges across the canal, the Ponte dell' Accademia, and to the boat landing station for the vaporetto water bus. It was originally created as an art school.

Confraternity of St. Roch

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a building in Venice, northern Italy. The Scuola di San Rocco 'Confraternity of St. Roch', protector against plague, which had struck Venice in that century was established in 1478 a group of wealthy Venetian citizen, next to the church of San Rocco, from which it takes its name. Even his birth was accounted a miracle, for his noble mother had been barren until she prayed to the Virgin Mary. Miraculously marked from birth with a red cross on his breast that grew as he did, he early began to manifest strict asceticism and great devoutness on days when his devout mother fasted twice in the week, and the blessed child Rocke abstained him twice also.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a small museum on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is one of several museums of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Containing prinicipally the personal art collection of Peggy Guggenheim, a former wife of artist Max Ernst and a niece of mining magnate Solomon R. Guggenheim, this museum houses a somewhat smaller and more idiosyncratic collection than the other Guggenheim Foundation museums. However, the works on display include those of prominent American modernists and Italian futurists. Pieces in the collection embrace Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract expressionism. These include notable works by Picasso, Dalí, Magritte, Brancusi including a sculpture from the Bird in Space series and Pollock.

Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice, northern Italy. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice, opening as a museum in 1923. Today it is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice. Its two most visible facades look towards the Venetian Lagoon and St Mark's Square, or rather the Piazzetta. The use of arcading in the lower stories produces an interesting gravity defying effect. There is also effective use of colour contrasts unfortunately, the patterns are not well shown in the illustrative photographs accompanying this article from a distance the colours blur.

Venini

Venini were a British guitar band formed in late 1998. They were formed by guitarist and violinist Russell Senior after his departure from Pulp, and also featured Debbie Lime, Nick Eastwood, Rob Barton, as well as help from Danny Hunt. Charlie Collins of Clock DVA was a part time member on woodwind. Hunt's involvement ceased when his band Ladytron began to release records, and he was replaced by Michael Ash. Gaining much press due to Senior's Pulp connection, the band's awkward, experimental brand of artpop was lauded by some but received lukewarm reception in the music press. They released just three singles during their lifetime Mon Camion, Carnival Star both on the band's own Bikini Records and the Unshaker EP, which was available only via mail order from the band's website.

Accessibility

Bus Terminal in or Near by

Hotel Antiche Figure

Sestiere Santa Croce, 687
Venice Province of Venice, Italy

NH Manin

San Marco, Corte Dell Albero, 3878/A
Venice Province of Venice, Italy

Ca' Foscari

Calle della Frescada
Venice Province of Venice, Italy

Airport

Venice Marco Polo Airport: For International and Domestic flights.

Railway Stations

Saint Lucia Venice Station

Fondamenta S. Lucia
Venice, Italy

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