Venice a tourist s paradise

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Anupama Nair

Italy is a tourist’s paradise if you like history, art, literature etc. So, for me it is a place worth spending precious Euros. Venice or Venizia is an art lover’s paradise. Let me take you on a trip to this dream city.

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. The city got its name from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region around 10th century BC. The city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice for more than a millennium, i.e., from 697 AD to 1797 AD. It was a major financial and maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance,  as well as an important center of commerce, and of art from the 13th  century to the end of the 17th century. The city-state of Venice is believed to have been the first international financial center, from 9th  century and reached its zenith in the 14th century AD, which made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. After the Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna, the Republic was annexed by the Austrian Empire, until it became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1866, following a referendum held as a result of the Third Italian War of Independence.

Venice had many nicknames like ‘La Dominante’, ‘La Serenissima’ , ‘Queen of the Adriatic’, ‘City of Water, ‘City of Masks’, ‘City of Bridges’, ‘The Floating City’, and ‘City of Canals’. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. Venice is known for several important artistic movements, especially during the Renaissance period and has played an important role in the history of instrumental and operatic music. Venice has been considered as ‘one of Europe's most romantic cities’ and The New York Times hailed it  “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man”.

“In a city as filled with tourist attractions as Venice, it's hard to know where to begin. Perhaps the best way is to simply get lost for a few hours wandering through its enchanting little streets and passageways, strolling beside its canals, and finding its secret corners. At every turn, you'll see something worth remembering with a photo. No matter where this exploration takes you, it's easy to find your way back to Piazza San Marco and the Grand Canal. Most of the best sights you'll want to visit lie around these two landmarks”.

Some of the places to see in Venice are:

  • St Mark’s Basilica
  • Piazza San Marco
  • Palazzo Ducale and Bridge of Sighs
  • Canale Grande
  • Ponte di Rialto and San Polo
  • Siulo Grande di San Rocco
  • Ca’d’Oro
  • Murano and Burano
  • Santa Maria Gloriosa del Frari
  • Fine Art Museum.

Venice is a place worth spending your money, for it will be a once in a life time trip.




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