The Venice Lagoon, unique ecosystem in the world has a surface of 50 square kilometres and is connected to the Adriatic Sea by three harbour openings, among which S. Nicolò of the Lido where fabulous cruise ships enter to cross the S. Marco basin to go to the marina docks.
North of the island are situated the island of Murano, famous for its glass works; Burano, picturesque fishermen’s village with beautifully coloured houses and Torcello, first lagoon settlement where you can admire splendid Byzantine mosaics in its Cathedral.
Venice, is located south of the lagoon. Wonderful city, built on 118 islands, separated by 160 canals and crossed by more than 400 bridges. Traditionally born in the 5th Century as refuge for the people living on the coast during the Barbarian invasion. It was a rich and powerful marine Republic until the end of the XVIII th century. The Grand Canal divides the city in two parts and is the main waterway on which face 100 palaces belonging to the Serenissima noble families. It is crossed by the Rialto Bridge, the most famous in the city with its arcades and local shops. For luxury shopping you can visit the many haberdasheries and local shops situated along the way from Rialto to S.Marco. S. Mark’s Square, one of the most beautiful in the world, hosting the city’s Cathedral and the Ducal Palace – the Doge’s official residence and government site, was and still is the centre of Venetian life. Among the numerous treasures of the city the Salute Church, Venetian Baroque work of art; the Redentore church with its faòade by Palladio and the magnificent Gothic Dei Frari church frescoed by Tiziano and pantheon of Venetian glories.
The Fenice Theatre for those who love opera, was recently re-inaugurated after the 1996 fire. Art lovers will surely appreciate the Accademia galleries, the greatest collection of Venetian paintings from the XIV th to the XVIII th century. The Peggy Guggenheim collection of contemporary art hosts masterpieces by Klee, Picasso and Kandiskij . The Venice Biennale, world-famous international art and architecture exhibition .
You can’t miss out the well-known Cinema Festival that takes place every year in September, when the Lido of Venice comes to life once again as in its antique splendour.
If you want to get a real taste of the Venetian way of life you must visit the popular district of Castello and the lively S. Polo and S. Margherita “campi” where you can stop in one of the local food-bars called “bacari “ and taste the “ ciccheti “ typical Venetian appetizers with a good glass of wine called “ombra “.
Tourist informations about Venice:
www.turismovenezia.it www.veniceconnected.com www.meetingvenice.it