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Located within north eastern Italy and capital of the region of Veneto, Venice is a city synonymous with romance and historical allure. It is perhaps the most famous for its series of tranquil canals which can be experienced through the use of private gondolas. This arises from the fact that the city was initially built upon the Venetian Lagoon. The Po and Piave rivers both intersect within the city, so it is clear to see why Venice was one of the most important Italian trading ports since before Roman times. In the modern era, the beauty of its confines cannot be denied and thanks to a rich assortment of attractions, it is estimated that well over 1.6 million visitors are enjoy its sights every year. Let's take a look at what Venice has in store so that you will be able to make the most out of your time here.
As mentioned in the previous section, Venice is home to some truly breathtaking architectural masterpieces. The only issue is that you can easily become caught up in the numerous buildings and streets; quickly eating into your allotted time. Many feel that the most important attraction is the Piazza San Marco. This is considered to be the central plaza of Venice and even Napoleon once called it the “drawing room of Europe” due to its sheer beauty. You are able to witness three masterpieces from within the centre of the large plaza. St. Mark's Basilica is a perfect example of the Byzantine roots of this city. A judicial complex known as Doge's Palace is an excellent example of fine Venetian architecture. Finally, the clock tower known as Torre dell'Orologio can trace its roots back to the last 15th century. Never forget that it is always possible to enjoy thee views while sipping on a glass or red wine or enjoying a cafe latte.
Gondola rides are another understandably popular activity here. Not only are these water taxis quite convenient when getting from place to place, but they are imbued with a second-to-none air of romance; ideal if you plan to bring along that special someone. Please note that there are literally hundreds of routes to choose from and many of thee will provide you with personal views of the surrounding city. It is best to navigate to their official website in order to learn more.
If you are looking for a top-down view of the city proper, it is a good idea to visit the Campanille. This is the highest point within Venice and at almost 99 metres above sea level, you will enjoy an unfettered view of the architecture as well as the nearby waters. It is rumoured that Emperor Frederick III visited here on his horse in 1451. Thankfully, you can ride a modern lift in order to reach the top. You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the far-off Dolomite mountain range on a clear day.
Venice represents a unique melange of the ancient and the modern. There is arguably no better example of this observation than in the pieces on display within the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. This museum is actually the third-most frequented venue in the entire city and the pieces themselves are rotated on a regular basis. Even if you have visited Venice in the past, the chances are high that there will be something new to see. Some artists on permanent feature include Dan Flavin, Jeff Koons and Rachael Whiteread.
Finally, do not miss a chance to visit the Teatro Maliban during your stay. This theatre is host to some of the most respected orchestras in the world and if you happen to arrive in the spring, try and reserve tickets to hear Vivaldi's Four Seasons within its sonorous confines. This will prove to be an unforgettable experience and you will not have to be a fan of classical music in order to appreciate such talent.
Venice is a city which needs to be seen to be believed. Please feel free to use this article as a guide when preparing for your upcoming holiday. It is also a good idea to visit official Venetian tourism websites in order to learn more about what is in store.