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Venice (Venezia)

Originally built on mud banks in a lagoon, Venice uses canals instead of roads to allow people to get around the city. There are plenty of places to walk, bridges to cross, ferries, water taxis and gondolas to get around the city, it is these features that have made Venice different from all other cities.

It was the wealthiest city state in Europe from the 12th to the 18th Century, when its power began to wane. It controlled the Europe spice and silk trade, until nations had ships that could just go and get them without needing Venice.

The magnificent buildings and palaces you see in Venice were built during in this time, including St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace at the Piazza San Marco.

St. Mark’s Basilica

Built in the 11th Century, this remarkable building features 4 domes, the largest, inlaid with an elaborate mosaic depicting Christ, the apostles, St. Mary and angels. Numerous artworks, taken during the looting of Constantinople in 1204, are kept here in the Treasury. Behind the great altar is a magnificent work, an altarpiece comprised of 250 panels of gold, jewels and enamels.

Doge’s Palace

Home to the ruler of Venice (doge) and the seat of the government, this palace was built from white limestone and pink Veronese marble above a portico of white Istrian stone. The interior houses a chambers and halls detailed with impressive designs and artworks, as well as an enormous courtyard. There is even a torture chamber where prisoners were ’questioned’.

Gallerie dell’Accademia

At the Gallerie dell’Accademia there is a wonderful collection of arts from the middle ages to the 18th Century of many of Europe’s greatest artists.

The building that encloses the far end of the Piazza San Marco is known as the Napoleonic Wing

Museo Correr

This museum covers the history of Venice, but also has a tremendous collection of paintings, tracing the development of Venetian art. Located at one corner of the Piazza San Marco it is in the the building that encloses the west end of the piazza, called the the Napoleonic Wing.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

This impressive collection of modern art displayed here is one of the finest in the world. Situated next to the Grand Canal, works from America and Europe produced by artists including DalĂ­, Max Ernst, Giacometti, Picasso, Pollock make it one of Venice’s best attractions.

Shopping in Venice

For those that like to shop, shopping in Venice is a joy. Besides the great clothes, fashion and accessories on offer, art, handcrafts and sculptures make Venice unique.

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