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Venice
City of Venice, Veneto

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Venice is a major seaport and capital city of the region of Veneto in north eastern Italy. It is located in the crescent shaped Venetian Lagoon which stretches for just over 50km between the land just south of Chioggia and the reclaimed marshes of Jesolo at its northern end. The lagoon is marshy and shallow but is protected by a series of sandbanks with only three openings allowing for the passage of the tides and maritime traffic. The city of Venice actually consists of 118 small, flat islands which are joined together by a network of canals and bridges.

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The buildings of the city all have foundations which are supported by closely connected wooden piles which sink deep into the compressed clay far beneath the soft sand and mud of the lagoon. Wood was used because once it is submerged and has a shortage of oxygen it does not decay as it does on land but instead becomes harder and stronger. It is believed that many of the piles were made from alder trees which were taken from the area that is now Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro.

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Wooden piles supporting the city - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
The history of Venice dates back over 1500 years when a wave of people from nearby inland and coastal areas, which were under invasion, fled to its impregnable shores. It is believed that the swampy islands already had a few inhabitants who were known as 'lagoon dwellers' and survived by fishing and farming. The new settlers built pile dwellings, set up large fisheries and gradually the people of the islands gained strength and power until Venice became one of the wealthiest cities in history. During the middle ages it gained supreme maritime power and from the 13th to the 17th Century it was an important centre of commerce and trade, dealing mainly in silk, grain and spices.

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Grand Canal - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
Venice has since become one of the most important tourist destinations in the world and the city has approximately 50,000 tourists a day. Tourism has been a major sector of Venetian industry since the 18th century, when it was an important destination on 'The Grand Tour', due to its beautiful cityscape, uniqueness and rich musical and artistic cultural heritage. It is now listed as a world heritage site, along with its lagoon and is renowned for its beauty, architecture and artwork. Venice is an incredible city to visit and at first might seem a little daunting with magnificent buildings everywhere, endless crowds of people, water, bridges and a ceaseless canvas of constantly moving colour. It is, in fact, a small, compact city which with the aid of a good map and a comfortable pair of shoes you can get to know very quickly. The historical centre of the city of Venice is split into six sections known as 'sestiere' with each being quite different from the others. The sestiere are, in alphabetical order: Cannaregio, Castello , Dorsoduro, San Marco, San Polo and Santa Croce. There are many comfortable hotels dotted all over the city.

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The Sestiere of Venice
Cannaregio is a quieter, residential area, has the main train station of Santa Lucia and is home to the Jewish Ghetto.

Castello, the largest of the sestieri, is one of the most authentic areas of Venice and was formed around the naval dockyard.

Dorsoduro, a popular student area, is off the beaten tourist track so is quiet and pretty during the day and has a lively night life.

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Piazza San Marco - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
San Marco is the main tourist area with Piazza San Marco at its centre and has most of the famous attractions within its boundaries.

San Polo, the smallest and oldest of the sestiere, is home to the Rialto Bridge and the famous Rialto market.

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Rialto Bridge - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
Santa Croce is home to the public transport hub of Piazzale Roma and is the least touristy, and consequently one of the cheaper areas of Venice.

One of the best ways to absorb Venice is to walk the narrow streets, endless sets of steps and bridges and soak up the vibrant atmosphere before embarking on the art, history, architecture and culture. Alternatively, or as well as walking, you can view Venice from the water. A trip in a gondola is expensive but a must if you are only visiting Venice once. A cheaper alternative is the vaporetto (ferry) for which you can buy a ticket for a few hours, a day or even a week and then get on and off whenever and wherever you like.

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Venetian Vaporetto - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
There are an endless number of attractions in Venice, the major ones being in Piazza San Marco such the Basilica, Doge's Palace, Torre dell'Orologio and the Campanile. It is possible to climb the Campanile, which, at 99 metres is the tallest building in the city, and from where you can have a bird's eye view of Venice, the lagoon and, on a clear day, the impressive Dolomites. Rialto Bridge and its famous market are also high on the list of attractions together with the Bridge of Sighs, the Grand Canal itself and the numerous churches.

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Bridge of Sighs - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
The Lido di Venezia is also a popular international luxury destination, attracting thousands of actors, critics and other celebrities to the Venice Film Festival. The Venice Carnival is also a favourite tourist attraction. In spite of its popularity, millions of tourists and commercialism, Venice remains one of the safest cities in Italy.

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For art and culture there is nowhere better than Venice with the main places to visit being the Gallerie dell'Accademia, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Grassi , Puntana della Dogana and Museo Correr. For those interested in maritime history, for which Venice is famous, the Museo Storico Navale (Naval Museum) is extremely interesting and, as a footnote, very cheap.

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Acqua Alta (High Water) in Venice - Photo: Paolo da Reggio
There is no doubt that Venice is gradually sinking (by one to two millimetres per year), and not only sinking but gradually tilting slightly eastwards. This is because during the winter months Venice suffers from 'Acqua Alta' (high water) due to a combination of higher tides, a periodic movement of water which affects the Adriatic coast and a strong south easterly wind pushing the sea upwards towards the lagoon. When Acqua Alta occurs there is between 1.5 to 1.8m of water on the lowest lying streets and as Piazza San Marco is the lowest point in the city it is always affected first. A project is in place to protect the city against flooding and consists of a system containing rows of mobile gates that will have the ability to isolate the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea during high tides. The system is being installed at all three of the lagoon's inlets at the Lido, Malamocco and Chioggia. The project began in 2003 and was due to be finished by 2013; however, it is now currently due to be operational in 2017.

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Population: 264,534
Male: 124,582
Female: 139,952
Population density: 641.2 per square km

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 18,391 km²
      Population: 4.8 million
      Density: 261/km²
      Capital: Venice

      National Parks:
      Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park
Location of Veneto
Provinces of Veneto
  • Comunes of Veneto
    • Belluno
      • Agordo
        Alano di Piave
        Alleghe
        Arsiè
        Auronzo di Cadore
        Belluno
        Borca di Cadore
        Calalzo di Cadore
        Canale d’Agordo
        Castellavazzo
        Cencenighe Agordino
        Cesiomaggiore
        Chies d’Alpago
        Cibiana di Cadore
        Colle Santa Lucia
        Comelico Superiore
        Cortina d’Ampezzo
        Danta di Cadore
        Domegge di Cadore
        Falcade
        Farra d’Alpago
        Feltre
        Fonzaso
        Forno di Zoldo
        Gosaldo
        La Valle Agordina
        Lamon
        Lentiai
        Limana
        Livinallongo del Col di Lana
        Longarone
        Lorenzago di Cadore
        Lozzo di Cadore
        Mel
        Ospitale di Cadore
        Pedavena
        Perarolo di Cadore
        Pieve d’Alpago
        Pieve di Cadore
        Ponte nelle Alpi
        Puos d’Alpago
        Quero
        Rivamonte Agordino
        Rocca Pietore
        San Gregorio nelle Alpi
        San Nicolò di Comelico
        San Pietro di Cadore
        San Tomaso Agordino
        San Vito di Cadore
        Santa Giustina
        Santo Stefano di Cadore
        Sappada
        Sedico
        Selva di Cadore
        Seren del Grappa
        Sospirolo
        Soverzene
        Sovramonte
        Taibon Agordino
        Tambre
        Trichiana
        Vallada Agordina
        Valle di Cadore
        Vas
        Vigo di Cadore
        Vodo Cadore
        Voltago Agordino
        Zoldo Alto
        Zoppè di Cadore

    • Padova
      • Abano Terme
        Agna
        Albignasego
        Anguillara Veneta
        Arquà Petrarca
        Arre
        Arzergrande
        Bagnoli di Sopra
        Baone
        Barbona
        Battaglia Terme
        Boara Pisani
        Borgoricco
        Bovolenta
        Brugine
        Cadoneghe
        Campo San Martino
        Campodarsego
        Campodoro
        Camposampiero
        Candiana
        Carceri
        Carmignano di Brenta
        Cartura
        Casale di Scodosia
        Casalserugo
        Castelbaldo
        Cervarese Santa Croce
        Cinto Euganeo
        Cittadella
        Codevigo
        Conselve
        Correzzola
        Curtarolo
        Due Carrare
        Este
        Fontaniva
        Galliera Veneta
        Galzignano Terme
        Gazzo
        Grantorto
        Granze
        Legnaro
        Limena
        Loreggia
        Lozzo Atestino
        Maserà di Padova
        Masi
        Massanzago
        Megliadino San Fidenzio
        Megliadino San Vitale
        Merlara
        Mestrino
        Monselice
        Montagnana
        Montegrotto Terme
        Noventa Padovana
        Ospedaletto Euganeo
        Padova
        Pernumia
        Piacenza d’Adige
        Piazzola sul Brenta
        Piombino Dese
        Piove di Sacco
        Polverara
        Ponso
        Ponte San Nicolò
        Pontelongo
        Pozzonovo
        Rovolon
        Rubano
        Saccolongo
        Saletto
        San Giorgio delle Pertiche
        San Giorgio in Bosco
        San Martino di Lupari
        San Pietro in Gu
        San Pietro Viminario
        Santa Giustina in Colle
        Santa Margherita d’Adige
        Sant’Angelo di Piove di Sacco
        Sant’Elena
        Sant’Urbano
        Saonara
        Selvazzano Dentro
        Solesino
        Stanghella
        Teolo
        Terrassa Padovana
        Tombolo
        Torreglia
        Trebaseleghe
        Tribano
        Urbana
        Veggiano
        Vescovana
        Vighizzolo d’Este
        Vigodarzere
        Vigonza
        Villa del Conte
        Villa Estense
        Villafranca Padovana
        Villanova di Camposampiero
        Vo’

    • Rovigo
      • Adria
        Ariano nel Polesine
        Arquà Polesine
        Badia Polesine
        Bagnolo di Po
        Bergantino
        Bosaro
        Calto
        Canaro
        Canda
        Castelguglielmo
        Castelmassa
        Castelnovo Bariano
        Ceneselli
        Ceregnano
        Corbola
        Costa di Rovigo
        Crespino
        Ficarolo
        Fiesso Umbertiano
        Frassinelle Polesine
        Fratta Polesine
        Gaiba
        Gavello
        Giacciano con Baruchella
        Guarda Veneta
        Lendinara
        Loreo
        Lusia
        Melara
        Occhiobello
        Papozze
        Pettorazza Grimani
        Pincara
        Polesella
        Pontecchio Polesine
        Porto Tolle
        Porto Viro
        Rosolina
        Rovigo
        Salara
        San Bellino
        San Martino di Venezze
        Stienta
        Taglio di Po
        Trecenta
        Villadose
        Villamarzana
        Villanova del Ghebbo
        Villanova Marchesana

    • Treviso
      • Altivole
        Arcade
        Asolo
        Borso del Grappa
        Breda di Piave
        Caerano di San Marco
        Cappella Maggiore
        Carbonera
        Casale sul Sile
        Casier
        Castelcucco
        Castelfranco Veneto
        Castello di Godego
        Cavaso del Tomba
        Cessalto
        Chiarano
        Cimadolmo
        Cison di Valmarino
        Codognè
        Colle Umberto
        Conegliano
        Cordignano
        Cornuda
        Crespano del Grappa
        Crocetta del Montello
        Farra di Soligo
        Follina
        Fontanelle
        Fonte
        Fregona
        Gaiarine
        Giavera del Montello
        Godega di Sant’Urbano
        Gorgo al Monticano
        Istrana
        Loria
        Mansuè
        Mareno di Piave
        Maser
        Maserada sul Piave
        Meduna di Livenza
        Miane
        Mogliano Veneto
        Monastier di Treviso
        Monfumo
        Montebelluna
        Morgano
        Moriago della Battaglia
        Motta di Livenza
        Nervesa della Battaglia
        Oderzo
        Ormelle
        Orsago
        Paderno del Grappa
        Paese
        Pederobba
        Pieve di Soligo
        Ponte di Piave
        Ponzano Veneto
        Portobuffolè
        Possagno
        Povegliano
        Preganziol
        Quinto di Treviso
        Refrontolo
        Resana
        Revine Lago
        Riese Pio X
        Roncade
        Salgareda
        San Biagio di Callalta
        San Fior
        San Pietro di Feletto
        San Polo di Piave
        San Vendemiano
        San Zenone degli Ezzelini
        Santa Lucia di Piave
        Sarmede
        Segusino
        Sernaglia della Battaglia
        Silea
        Spresiano
        Susegana
        Tarzo
        Trevignano
        Treviso
        Valdobbiadene
        Vazzola
        Vedelago
        Vidor
        Villorba
        Vittorio Veneto
        Volpago del Montello
        Zenson di Piave
        Zero Branco

    • Venezia
      • Annone Veneto
        Campagna Lupia
        Campolongo Maggiore
        Camponogara
        Caorle
        Cavallino-Treporti
        Cavarzere
        Ceggia
        Chioggia
        Cinto Caomaggiore
        Cona
        Concordia Sagittaria
        Dolo
        Eraclea
        Fiesso d’Artico
        Fossalta di Piave
        Fossalta di Portogruaro
        Fossò
        Gruaro
        Jesolo
        Marcon
        Martellago
        Meolo
        Mira
        Mirano
        Musile di Piave
        Noale
        Noventa di Piave
        Pianiga
        Portogruaro
        Pramaggiore
        Quarto d’Altino
        Salzano
        San Donà di Piave
        San Michele al Tagliamento
        Santa Maria di Sala
        Santo Stino di Livenza
        Scorzè
        Spinea
        Stra
        Teglio Veneto
        Torre di Mosto
        Venezia
        Vigonovo

    • Verona
      • Affi
        Albaredo d’Adige
        Angiari
        Arcole
        Badia Calavena
        Bardolino
        Belfiore
        Bevilacqua
        Bonavigo
        Boschi Sant’Anna
        Bosco Chiesanuova
        Bovolone
        Brentino Belluno
        Brenzone
        Bussolengo
        Buttapietra
        Caldiero
        Caprino Veronese
        Casaleone
        Castagnaro
        Castel d’Azzano
        Castelnuovo del Garda
        Cavaion Veronese
        Cazzano di Tramigna
        Cerea
        Cerro Veronese
        Cologna Veneta
        Colognola ai Colli
        Concamarise
        Costermano
        Dolcè
        Erbè
        Erbezzo
        Ferrara di Monte Baldo
        Fumane
        Garda
        Gazzo Veronese
        Grezzana
        Illasi
        Isola della Scala
        Isola Rizza
        Lavagno
        Lazise
        Legnago
        Malcesine
        Marano di Valpolicella
        Mezzane di Sotto
        Minerbe
        Montecchia di Crosara
        Monteforte d’Alpone
        Mozzecane
        Negrar
        Nogara
        Nogarole Rocca
        Oppeano
        Palù
        Pastrengo
        Pescantina
        Peschiera del Garda
        Povegliano Veronese
        Pressana
        Rivoli Veronese
        Roncà
        Ronco all’Adige
        Roverchiara
        Roverè Veronese
        Roveredo di Guà
        Salizzole
        San Bonifacio
        San Giovanni Ilarione
        San Giovanni Lupatoto
        San Martino Buon Albergo
        San Mauro di Saline
        San Pietro di Morubio
        San Pietro in Cariano
        San Zeno di Montagna
        Sanguinetto
        Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella
        Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo
        Selva di Progno
        Soave
        Sommacampagna
        Sona
        Sorgà
        Terrazzo
        Torri del Benaco
        Tregnago
        Trevenzuolo
        Valeggio sul Mincio
        Velo Veronese
        Verona
        Veronella
        Vestenanova
        Vigasio
        Villa Bartolomea
        Villafranca di Verona
        Zevio
        Zimella

    • Vicenza
      • Agugliaro
        Albettone
        Alonte
        Altavilla Vicentina
        Altissimo
        Arcugnano
        Arsiero
        Arzignano
        Asiago
        Asigliano Veneto
        Barbarano Vicentino
        Bassano del Grappa
        Bolzano Vicentino
        Breganze
        Brendola
        Bressanvido
        Brogliano
        Caldogno
        Caltrano
        Calvene
        Camisano Vicentino
        Campiglia dei Berici
        Campolongo sul Brenta
        Carrè
        Cartigliano
        Cassola
        Castegnero
        Castelgomberto
        Chiampo
        Chiuppano
        Cismon del Grappa
        Cogollo del Cengio
        Conco
        Cornedo Vicentino
        Costabissara
        Creazzo
        Crespadoro
        Dueville
        Enego
        Fara Vicentino
        Foza
        Gallio
        Gambellara
        Gambugliano
        Grancona
        Grisignano di Zocco
        Grumolo delle Abbadesse
        Isola Vicentina
        Laghi
        Lastebasse
        Longare
        Lonigo
        Lugo di Vicenza
        Lusiana
        Malo
        Marano Vicentino
        Marostica
        Mason Vicentino
        Molvena
        Monte di Malo
        Montebello Vicentino
        Montecchio Maggiore
        Montecchio Precalcino
        Montegalda
        Montegaldella
        Monteviale
        Monticello Conte Otto
        Montorso Vicentino
        Mossano
        Mussolente
        Nanto
        Nogarole Vicentino
        Nove
        Noventa Vicentina
        Orgiano
        Pedemonte
        Pianezze
        Piovene Rocchette
        Pojana Maggiore
        Posina
        Pove del Grappa
        Pozzoleone
        Quinto Vicentino
        Recoaro Terme
        Roana
        Romano d’Ezzelino
        Rosà
        Rossano Veneto
        Rotzo
        Salcedo
        San Germano dei Berici
        San Nazario
        San Pietro Mussolino
        San Vito di Leguzzano
        Sandrigo
        Santorso
        Sarcedo
        Sarego
        Schiavon
        Schio
        Solagna
        Sossano
        Sovizzo
        Tezze sul Brenta
        Thiene
        Tonezza del Cimone
        Torrebelvicino
        Torri di Quartesolo
        Trissino
        Valdagno
        Valdastico
        Valli del Pasubio
        Valstagna
        Velo d’Astico
        Vicenza
        Villaga
        Villaverla
        Zanè
        Zermeghedo
        Zovencedo
        Zugliano

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Veneto Climate (Venice)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 9 2 3 55
Feb 11 3 4 53
Mar 13 4 5 63
Apr 17 7 6 55
May 21 11 8 35
Jun 25 15 9 44
Jul 28 17 10 34
Aug 28 17 9 54
Sep 25 14 7 61
Oct 20 11 6 74
Nov 15 8 4 71
Dec 12 3 3 77
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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