Venice

Venice is a unique fairytale city in the shallow lagoon of the Mediteranean sea in the Northern Italy. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the lagoon. It is an architectural and cultural jewel located on over 118 islets connected with many bridges; many streets are actually water covered - canals. There are no cars, just tourists and locals walking around on cobble stone paved streets or riding a boat to take them where they need. It is busy, perhaps the most visited town by tourists in Italy. It is a picturesque place for which one day glimpse would be a painfully little time.

There is so much to see in Venice - not just the centre on six islands (therefore called Sestiere), but also surrounding islands of Murano famous for its glass making, Burano famous for its colured houses, and Torcello known for its serenity and majestic basilica. If you come during the film festival (Biennale) or summer season, do not forget island of Lido - beaches, promenade and culture. Please please, reserve at least 4 days if you want to visit Sestiere and Murano, Burano and Torcello. Each season has a lot to offer and Carnavale (Carnival in February) is something not to miss!

The best way to navigate through is to use local efficient waterbusses (vaporetti) and walking.

Note that one can become Venice-addict very easily. Or, at least, we found ourselves rather infected and longing to return....

Visited - September 2003 and September 2007

Some numbers

                                                               
Area 414.57 km2 (160.1 sq mi)
Population 270 000 (as of 2009)
Pop. density 652.9/km2 (1,690.9/sq mi)
Why to go? history, architecture, island hopping, very romantic, culture - film+art, carnaval masks