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City: Venice State: Veneto (VEN) Country: Italy
Venice is a city in northern Italy, the capital of the region Veneto, . Together with Padua, the city is included in the Padua-Venice Metropolitan Area. Venice has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Bridges", and "The City of Light". It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Venice is built on one hundred and seventeen small islands, and holds one hundred and fifty canals, connected by an amazing four hundred and nine bridges, of which only three cross the main canal. The main artery of the city, the Grand Canal, sweeps in an elegant curve through its centre. A vaporetto (water-bus) trip down the Grand Canal will reveal the faded elegance of more than 300 palaces, revealing the city's beautiful blend of Europe and Byzantium. And it is these private palaces and houses, rather than the public monuments, which make Venice so appealing. Explored by gondola or on foot, the narrow alleys and backwaters of the city reveal all its decorative detail which reflects its past wealth and importance. One of the most romantic cities for lovestruck Venice vacationers. With the image of an inky-blue sky laden in a full moon and dotted with stars; above a glowing cityscape, seen from a tiled square bordered by Italian words and Pizza outlets, it’s no wonder. Like every tourist location, it’s not just tourists from the surrounding countries who visit; all kinds of people can be found, cameras at the ready, in Venice. The attractions in Venice include many remarkable structures, such as an impressive array of bronze work, tapestries and paintings from the 5th to 6th century, as well as a whole handful of amazing buildings and galleries showcasing the artistic side of Venice.
Climate | When to Visit
Venice has a cool winters and very warm summers. The average temperature in January is 2.5 °C (36.5 °F), and in July it is 22.7 °C (72.9 °F). Precipitation is spread relatively evenly throughout the year, and averages 801 millimetres (31.5 in).
Visit during: June to August
Directions | How to Reach
By Air Marco Polo Airport, also known as Venice International Airport which is 6 km or 4 miles from the city on the Venetian lagoon. By Train Many domestic and international trains discharge passengers at the Stazione Ferroviaria Santa Lucia, an incongruously modern but efficient railway station in the historic center, next to the causeway that leads to the mainland. By Ship Most cruise ships arrive at either the Marittima terminal buildings or the secondary San Basilio pier, which caters mostly to smaller cruise ships and river vessels.