Venice, Italy

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Facts About Venice, Italy

Regional Population: 270,816

Time Zone: Europe/Rome

Local Currency: EUR

Latitude: 45.4386111

Longitude: 12.3266667

Nearby Airports: VCE

Venice, Italy (Venezia in Italian) is one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world. This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was 500 years ago, though it has certainly begun to decay since its heyday. Tourists slightly outnumber residents, but the city’s romantic charm remains.

Venice is made up of different parts. The most famous is the area comprising the 118 islands in the main districts of Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, Isola Della Giudecca, San Polo, San Croce, San Marco and Lido di Venezia where the main monuments and sights are located.

The Most Serene Republic of Venice dates back to 827, when a Byzantine dukedom moved its seat to what is now known as the Rialto, and for the following 970 years prospered on trade and under the rule of a Roman-style Senate headed by the Doge. In 1797 the city was conquered by Napoleon, a blow from which the city never recovered.

The summer may be the worst time to visit: It’s sometimes very hot, the canals sometimes stink (in the most literal sense), there are occasional infestations of flies and there are more tourists than usual. Spring and fall are probably best. Ride a Vaporetto (water bus) down the Grand Canal right before sunset. The Vaporettos are inexpensive, but the sites are priceless: amazing architecture, soft seaside sunlight, and a fascinating parade of Venetian watercraft. Or shop. Venice is packed full of little stores in every corner and crevice. The most common local specialties are Carnival masks, glass and marbled paper.

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Articles About Venice, Italy

Venice: Italian Magic on the Adriatic

Bridges, canals and gondolas are icons in Venice, the city on the water, where travelers lose themselves in art, history and romantic streets and squares.

Counting the Lions of Venice

Amuse the kids and teach a little history while looking for Venice's many stone lions.

Unmask the Mask Makers of Venice

Kids of all ages will enjoy visits to shops in San Polo and Dorsoduro to watch craftsmen create elegant Carnival masks.

Lose Yourself in the Garden Maze of Villa Pisani

Il Labirinto, The Maze, is only part of the gardens that stretch splendidly behind the grand façade that Villa Pisani turns toward the Brenta Canal.

10 Ways for Your Kids to Interact With Italy

Keep your kids active, engaged and begging to go back to Italy with these 10 ways for the entire family to experience the country.

16 Tips to Make Any Trip a Romantic Getaway

Take your vacation beyond champagne and flowers with these tips for spicing up your travels, even on a business trip or family vacation.

Italy Hotel Deals, Caribbean Packages and Lake Las Vegas

This week’s discounts are for Florence and Venice hotels, a last-minute deal in Lake Las Vegas, and family discounts in the Bahamas and Barbados.

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