Introduction to Venice

The City of Water. The City of Masks. The City of Bridges. The City of Canals. Venice is a city with many claims to fame. But no matter how much art it houses (the most in the world per square kilometre), or how many islands it is made up of (118 to be precise), the Italian city suspended above a lagoon is most famous for its unique and timeless beauty. A grand landscape that, for the most part, has failed to change in over 600 years. That is unless you count the rising water. A phenomenon that Venetians seem defiant against, choosing to wade in ankle-deep water rather than ever leave their beloved capital of Veneto.

Tourists too seem unfazed with the water. They happily embracing the car-free and canal-full lifestyle all throughout the year - there is no off-season in Venice. A total of 15 million travellers each year are lured to Venice for the charm of it all. The promise of lost moments surrounded by enduring beauty. A picturesque canal ride. A glass of local vino. A historic stroll. A masked stranger. Evenings filled with great art, music, food and friendship.

And who can blame them? While to the world Venice may be known as the city of water, masks and bridges, to the travellers who have fallen in love with the Italian city, Venice is an enduring slice of heaven. From the picturesque squares and charming alleys to the stunning bridges and gondola rides, Venice is an experience like no other.

While many people will tell you that the best thing to do in Venice is nothing at all, visiting the city's most famed attractions can prove difficult to resist. If you'd rather walk around Venice with purpose than aimlessly, then you should probably mark these attractions out on your map.

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