VENICE
Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venezsia) is a city in northern Italy,
the capital of region Veneto, and has a population of 271,251 (census
estimate January 1, 2004). Together with Padua, the city is included in
the Padua-Venice Metropolitan Area (population 1,600,000). 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
St Mark’s Basilica - One of the most spectacular churches in the world
the Basilica is adorned with Byzantine domes and gilded mosaics.
Built in honour of St. Mark the city’s patron saint, after his bones
were kidnapped from Egypt in the 9th Century.
St Mark's Square - Filled with café’s, restaurants, pigeons and music
- it’s no wonder Napoleon dubbed this central gathering place as the
'finest drawing room in Europe'.
Palazzo Ducale - The Palace of the Doges housed Venice's rulers for
more than six centuries. It connects to the adjacent Prigioni Nuove
("New Prisons") via the Bridge of Sighs made famous by Lord Byron.
Grand Canale - Venice is connected by 150-canals and 400-bridges.
The Grand Canale is the most beautiful “street” in Venice and flows
between opulent architecture - a gondola ride is a must do in this
unique city.