|Founded in the 5th century and spread
over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in
the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural
masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by
some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian,
Tintoretto, Veronese and others."
is one of the most charming cities in Italy. Its numerous islands
are connected by more than 400 bridges spanning about 160 canals.
Not counting the industrial district of Mestre on the mainland,
Venice has approximately 69.000 inhabitants.
cars and trams, rowing boats, waterbuses and the romantic gondolas
are used for transportation. Approximately 1.5 million visitors
yearly sail on the Grand Canal (Canale Grande), the major waterway
of Venice with the famous Rialto Bridge and visit
St. Mark's Square (Piazza
S. Marco) with
its countless pigeons. Here, in the very heart of Venice, you'll
find the most important and magnificent sights of the city.
Most enchanting however is a ride in a
gondola or boat through the labyrinth of the canals. Don't miss
this delightful experience. Enjoy the true spirit of this
unique city and let it charm you.
Of course the famous Venetian Carnival
is omnipresent. Everywhere shops and street vendors offer the mysterious,
charming masks in a great variety of colours,
sizes and designs.