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A Venice card entitles you to visit the museums and use transportation in a combination of choices. But it makes sense to buy one only if you are in Venice for more than 3-4 days. You could also visit the other islands of Murano for seeing how glass is made and visit the famous glass museum there; or travel to Burano, famous for its lace production, textiles and streets lined with houses, each painted in a different pastel shade and color.

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Venice Italy

  1. 1. Romancing the Queen of the Adriatic Posted by Elizabeth D’Costa on 11th, September 2012 The Romantic ‘Queen of the Adriatic’ Bruised and battered by war and disease between 14th and 16th centuries, this romantic city survived and became recognized as the most elegant European city in the 18th century, greatly influencing literature, art and architecture. This Italian city was initially built by the Romans. It formed the setting for some of the world famous theatrical plays like Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, Voltaire’s ‘Candide’ and was home to famous music composers like Antonio Vivaldi and Giovanni Gabrieli. It is also the home of Marco Polo, the famous explorer and the resting place of St Mark, the Apostle. Known as the Queen of the Adriatic, this Floating City is a marvel put together by man and nature, attracting several people to visit and experience the treasures she hides within. If you have not already guessed the name, I speak of none other than Venice that exudes her charm to visitors in myriad ways- visit her famous museums, take a ride on the gondola, watch a glassmaker make beautiful Venetian glass, travel on board the vaporetto, or just settle yourself at one of the roadside cafes to drink in Venice and her magnificent sights. Holiday In Venice | Venice Getaway Discover Venice
  2. 2. HOW DOES THE CITY FLOAT? Even before you get here, you may be forced to dwell on the curious phenomenon on how the city actually floats. Venice was built in early 1500’s on an archipelago consisting of 117 low islands in the middle of a shallow lagoon. Its 177 canals acted like a moat and formed a natural defense against possible foreign attacks. The early Roman architects had to build a stable foundation for Venezia to be built above water. They achieved this by resting it on a bed of compounded silt, sand and mud that lay on a hard layer of compressed clay below water. The stones used in the foundations also have a unique property of possessing high strength and extremely low water absorption which could withstand the weight of the buildings above and the water body around. Wooden piles of native alder trees were chosen and closely placed together. Even after centuries, most of these piles are still intact because the submerged wood, in the absence of contact with air, did not rot or deteriorate. To overcome the constant movement of the tides, the wood provided a strong and flexible support. The soil was later dredged to raise the marshy ground higher than the tides. Holiday In Venice | Trip To Venice Tips For Traveling to Italy
  3. 3. VISITING VENICE Travelling to one of the most romantic cities on the world doesn’t need any particular reason. But just to let the mind and wallet follow the heart, let’s look at a few. Tourism has always formed a major part of Venice’s economy since the 18th century. Her beautiful landscape and rich cultural heritage made it the center of the Grand Tour. Venice became known for its haute couture and cuisine through the 19th and 20th centuries. People from the world over have been attracted to Venice for major festivals, international conferences and cinematic, musical, cultural, theatrical and artistic productions that include the Carnival of Venice, the Venice Film festival and the much impressive Venice Biennale (a festival of dance, film and arts) and Biennale of Architecture and Theatre. The other industries that contribute to its economy are lace production (in Burano) and glass production (in Murano) and services. Venetians are spirited, self determined people who rely on their creative energy, industriousness and talents to revive what had once been lost. They speak the Venetian Language. Visiting Scotland | Places To See In Scotland Southern Italy Travel CLIMATE Venice enjoys a humid subtropical climate with warm summers and cool winters. Spring and fall are the best times to visit. Winter months are quiet and may find you as the only few tourists around but it can get foggy, windy, cold and damp with a possibility of ruining your experience. Summers are when the maximum tourist traffic can be seen. GETTING AROUND VENICE Venice’s 177 canals are connected by over 400 bridges. Little wonder then why Venice is also called the City of
  4. 4. Bridges. Being the only pedestrian city in the world, the canals serve as the only ‘roads’ here. Transport by water include vaporetti (water buses), gondole, the classical Venetian boats used mostly for tourists, weddings and funerals, sandolo (smaller version of gondola), foot passenger ferries and traghetti used to cross the Grand Canal in the absence of a bridge nearby. Venice is very walk-able with sufficient breaks in between. The main part of Venice which is the Rialtine Islands can be walked from one end to the other within an hour, provided you know the areas well. But for others, public water transport is always the best option. A Venice card entitles you to visit the museums and use transportation in a combination of choices. But it makes sense to buy one only if you are in Venice for more than 3-4 days. You could also visit the other islands of Murano for seeing how glass is made and visit the famous glass museum there; or travel to Burano, famous for its lace production, textiles and streets lined with houses, each painted in a different pastel shade and color. Whatever you hope and anticipate for on your trip, Venice gifts you a holiday beyond your expectations. Join me in Part 2 of this article series on Romancing the Queen of the Adriatic

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