Venice is the capital of the Veneto region and is made of over 100 small islands which are connected by canals and bridges. The name Venice is derived from ‘Veneti’ people who used to inhabit the area around the 10th century BC. Venice has also earned nicknames like ‘City of Water’, ‘City of Masks’, ‘La Dominante’, and ‘The Floating City.’ The lagoon is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The canals of the city are also referred to as the ‘streets.
Venice has been sinking for years and works are underway to restore and preserve its brilliant architecture. The city experiences a flooding phenomenon each year known as acqua alta which occurs due to the change in tidal waves of the Adriatic Sea. The famous St. Mark's Square is one of the largest public squares in the world and is home to prominent landmarks like t. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace.
Avoid the most hectic tourist times by visiting in November. This autumn season of fog and acqua alta (tidal flooding) may make gumboots a requirement on your trip, but the marvelous misty mystique of the lagoon city at this time of year more than makes up for it. If you are on a budget, you can visit during the winter months.
You can reach Venice by train, car or plane. Venice Marco Polo Airport is the nearest airport. From there, you can fetch a taxi to reach the city center. Different trains are available that will take you to the Venice Santa Lucia station. Also, keep in mind that cars are not allowed in Venice’s city center. So, you will have to rely on a taxi or water bus.
For day-to-day travel, opt for a ferry. The city’s ferry systems are extensive, run regularly, and are a cheap way of getting from A to B in a hurry. A water taxi may be your best bet for getting around in good time but can be expensive. The maze of alleys and cobblestone streets is best explored on walking tours. When considering what to do in Venice, a famous gondola ride around the canals is a must.
The local currency in Venice is the Euro (EUR).
Venice has several iconic attractions such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. You can also take a gondola ride to soak in the picturesque views of the city and its beautiful canals.
Most crimes that take place in Venice are theft related. Look out for pickpockets and be sure to keep your valuables close, especially in areas with a lot of tourist traffic. Acqua alta (tidal flooding) occurs a few times each year. Local authority’s quick response times and the raising of temporary walkways means visitor safety is rarely compromised. Special sirens sound for if flooding waters. For assistance in an emergency, call 112.
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