For many years, Venice has been one of the most visited cities in Europe. No wonder - the capital of the Veneto region, or Veneto, captivates with its unique beauty and numerous attractions waiting for tourists. And there is no shortage of these, because as statistics show, the city is visited by up to 20 million people every year! Why is it worth going to Venice? What to see during a weekend trip to the city of canals?
History of the city on the water
Venice is a one-of-a-kind city. The dense network of canals, estimated at 150, creates a unique atmosphere that attracts travelers from all over the world to a holiday in Veneto . The city with an area of 412 km2 also has its own unique history, dating back to 452, when it was founded by the Venetian tribe. In later times, Venice was a democratic republic ruled by the Doges, and in the 10th century it became the greatest maritime power in the Adriatic. Crafts flourished in the city, including the production of Venetian glass and cloth making. Until the discovery of the sea route to India in the 15th century, Venice dominated trade with the entire East. The discovery of Vasco do Gama somewhat weakened the position of Venice, which remained, however, the center of outstanding architecture and art. Napoleon, who conquered it in 1797, also played a role in the history of the city. The city was later incorporated into Austria, and regained independence again in the 19th century. Currently, the city is a showcase of northern Italy, an important cultural center of the country. Due to its unusual location, it has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and its economy is mostly based on tourism. However, life on the lagoon is not easy. Its inhabitants are exposed to frequent flooding, there are also difficulties in the movement and transport of goods.
Weekend in Venice
Two days is enough to see most of the attractions and feel the atmosphere of the city where Marco Polo and the famous lover - Casanova come from. During your stay in Venice , be sure to see St. Mark, the patron saint of the city, together with the basilica where his relics are placed. Your visit plan also includes the Doge's Palace, the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, and the clock tower. Before sunset, take a walk over the frequently photographed Rialto Bridge and take a gondola ride over the largest of the canals, the Grand Canal. On the second day, you can visit the nearby islands. You can easily get to them by vaporetto - water trams, which are the main means of transport around the lagoon. On Murano, famous for the production of glass products, you can buy unique souvenirs for your family or friends. Burano, on the other hand, full of colorful houses, will appeal to photography enthusiasts looking for interesting frames. It will be an unforgettable experience for you to visit Venice during the Venetian Carnival, the oldest and largest street party in Europe. The symbol of the event are the famous Venetian masks. Formerly, their establishment was supposed to blur the differences between the rich and the poor inhabitants of the city. As with every trip, it is worth bringing souvenirs from Venice that will remind us of the city we visited for a long time. Decorated masks, fancy glass products or high-quality lace products - tablecloths, napkins and curtains - will be perfect. A perfect souvenir will also be a characteristic gondolier hat, which will come in handy on sunny days, and watercolors depicting the network of Venetian canals. Pasta in various flavors and colors, local wines and liqueurs also deserve attention.
Camping in Venice
Veneto, especially because of the exclusivity of the city on stilts, is one of the most expensive regions in Italy. However, we can easily find accommodation in Veneto at affordable prices and a good standard, such as Camping Italy . It will be a great base to visit Venice, less than an hour away. Lovers of swimming and sunbathing will enjoy its convenient location right next to the sandy beach. The calm and friendly atmosphere will be conducive to family holidays in Italy .
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