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Venezia Guide

It's a miracle that Venice was built on the waters of the lagoon, which is enriched with the incomparable art treasures, in the long centuries of civil life and daring trades. This city never ceases to fascinate and amaze those who visit. It belongs to the world, it was said, moreover, is in itself a world that often evokes suggestions deep in a dream. The art, great art, the true Venetian art of Carpaccio, Bellini, Giorgione and Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese, Tiepolo and Guardi "continue" outside the museums and churches in the changing colors of the water and buildings, tunnels of arcades and loggias, in chimneys above the roofs, in glimpses of figures over a bridge or a road.

Everywhere, intense and penetrating, are the marks of history: the epic of torn city water and grown in the shadow of Byzantium by the Commerce and ships, the Republic aristocratic wonderful for art, politics, culture between the fourteenth and sixteenth century, the Venice in slow decline until the glamorous end of the State (1797) and then immersed in the life and problems of modern times, which are our own. This is compact, while "air" and concrete that makes a visit to Venice, however brief, among the most accomplished and satisfying life that is given.

Venice is the main city in the Veneto and north-eastern Italy. His municipality has about 300,000 inhabitants and is the capital of the province and the Veneto region. The city is located on the Lagoon in the gulf and is 28 km from Treviso and 30 from Padua. In 1979 the entire city with all the Laguna was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is historically known as the Serenissima.

The city is spread over 118 islands connected by 354 bridges and separated by 177 canals. To visit it, it helps to know the meaning of specific terms, which take on special significance in Venice:

calle: street longer than wide.
campo, campiello: small squares (in Venice the term is reserved only to the square of San Marco).
fondamenta: the road along the canal and is called so, because it serves as the foundation for the buildings that rise along the channel.
ramo: lane branches off the main street.
rio: small canal.
ruga: street lined on both sides with shops and houses.
salizzada (or Salizada): very wide street, the salizzada were the first to be paved.
sestieri: are the parts on which the city was divided in 1170, for administrative purposes. The Venetians are six districts: Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Polo, San Marco, Cannaregio and Castello.
terrà (or terà): stream that was buried and the site of the channel is a way.

The main channels of the city are the Canal Grande and the Giudecca Canal. The first cuts through the city by drawing an "S", the second separates the old town itself from the island of Giudecca.
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Monuments

Churches
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Campanile di San Marco
Chiesa degli Scalzi
Chiesa del Redentore
Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna
Chiesa di San Sebastiano
Chiesa di San Zaccaria
Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute
Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa

Palaces
Arsenale
Cà d'Oro
Casa Goldoni (Ca' Centanni)
Le Procuratie e i caffè di San Marco
Palazzo Ducale
Palazzo Foscari (Ca' Foscari)
Palazzo Grassi
Palazzo Vendramin Calergi

Bridges
Ponte dei Sospiri
Ponte di Rialto

Theatres
Teatro La Fenice

Towers
Torre dell'Orologio

Squares and Streets

Squares
Piazza San Marco

Museums

Museums
Collezione Peggy Guggenheim
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Gallerie dell'Accademia
Libreria Sansoviniana (Biblioteca Marciana)
Museo Archeologico Nazionale
Museo Civico Correr
Museo del Settecento Veneziano (Ca’ Rezzonico)
Museo del tessuto e del costume (Ca’ Mocenigo)
Museo di San Marco
Museo Fortuny (Cà Pesaro)
Museo Storico Navale

Places to visit

Islands
Burano
Giudecca
Lido di Venezia
Murano
Pellestrina
San Francesco del Deserto
San Giorgio Maggiore
San Lazzaro degli Armeni
Torcello

History

History
Storia di Venezia

Attractions

Miscellaneus
Canal Grande
Ghetto Ebraico
Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni
Scuola Grande di San Rocco