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Venice is one of the most charming cities in the world.
Elegant, precious, unique, romantic: this is Venice! Gewel of the Italian tourism scene, where churches, palaces, ancient bridges, monuments and squares tell the artistic and cultural vivacity that marked and still marks the history of this city.
Venice is built on an archipelago of 117 islands formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon, connected by 409 bridges. In the old centre, the canals serve the function of roads, and almost every form of transport is on water or on foot, which understandably makes Venice a one-of-a-kind destination.
The heart of Venice is the magnificent Piazza San Marco, the most elegant cultural gathering in Europe, surrounded by monuments of indisputable value. Historical cafés overlook the square: the wonderful Caffè Florian was established in 1720 and it is the oldest coffee house in Italy.
From Piazza San Marco it’s possible to cross the famous Ponte dei Sospiri, named by romantic-era writers who imagined condemned prisoners letting out a lament as they crossed and got their final glimpse of Venice and the lagoon. Continuing the promenade through the calli, a visit to the Arsenale it's not to be missed. For many centuries the largest in the world, the Arsenale was built in the XII century and is now seat of the Art and Architecture Biennale.
The Venice International Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the world, is held instead in the historic Palazzo del Cinema at Venice Lido.
Venice is surrounded by equally famous islands: Murano, renowned for its glass; Burano, for its lace and its small and brightly painted houses; Torcello, one of the oldest settlements in the area; Pellestrina, characterized by sandy dunes and tall reeds.