Venice, places and history: 118 islands are waiting for you!
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I introduce you Venice, 118 islands and thousands works of art, let’s go together from Rialto Bridge to Lido going through San Marco Place.

Venice is a unique city in the world, it includes 118 islands within a big lagoon. The islands of the lagoon were coastal inhabitants’ refuge escaping against the barbarian invasions penetrating the east in the ruin of the Roman Empire. The settlers built slowly a city, already known in the XII century in the all western world.

Venice, its glorious history in brief

Venice reached its peak between the 17th to 18th century when the Venetian Republic dominated the northeast of Italy, Dalmatia and a lots of Aegean islands, Rodi and Cyprus included. In these centuries, Venetian merchants traded with all world ports.

Venice, places and history: painting of Canaletto

Venice history: Picture of Canaletto Karen. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

There were Venetians in the ports of the Middle East, of India and even of China. There was, in those centuries, a great development of art and there was also a great development in the “Commedy of art.” The Venetian theater is very famous with its most significant representations which had enormous success in the most famous European courts.

From the past to nowadays, with the same atmosphere so sweet and something retro, you breathe walking through its narrow streets (“calli”) or slowly navigating its canals by “gondola” listening a ‘gondoliere ” sing.

Venice history: gondoliere

Florence attractions: David David Blaikie. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Walking in Venice: best Venice places

Venice is the artistic heritage of all mankind thanks to the peculiarity of its geographical location and its beautiful monuments, witnesses of the enormous wealth of the Venetian Republic, especially between  the 17th and 18th centuries. Let’s start our tour with the beautiful Rialto Bridge in the South, and let’s continue with the Church Health and the Ca’ d’Oro (Golden House) called in this way for the many decorations in pure gold that make it unique in the world.

Venice places: Rialto Bridge

Venice places: Rialto Bridge Artur Staszewski. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

After having admired the tiny streets (calli) in the city center, an elegant and spacious lobby suddenly opens in front of us: St. Mark’s Square. The square is surrounded on three sides by buildings of 18th century of beautiful architectural beauty and on the last side by the famous St.Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, an imposing building which hold the government of the Venetian Republic whose leader was known as Doge (derived from the Latin “dux”: guide).

Venice places: St. Mark Square

Venice places: St. Mark Square David McSpadden. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

On the other side of the canal, there is the prison known as “Piombi”. The building is attached to the Doge’s Palace through the “Bridge of Sighs”, the sighs of prisoners who crossed the bridge after the judgment. A majestic bell complete St. Mark’s Square view. Nothing left of the original one destroyed by time and salnitre, in spite of this, thanks to many restructuring works, the original architectural concept is preserved and this allow us to admire its beauty.

Venice places: St. Mark Bell and Doge's Palace

Venice places: St. Mark Bell and Doge’s Palace Maik-T. Šebenik. Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Let us St. Mark’s Square by boat (“vaporetto”) to go towards some little islands of the lagoon. The island of Burano is known for the production of handmade lace while Murano is famous  all over the world for its high quality crystals, the Lido is the longest and the narrowest island that closes the lagoon separating it from the sea: in this island there are the most luxurious hotels in the city, the Casino and on the two sides , canals linking sea to lagoon.

Venice places: Burano island

Venice places: Burano island Matt Gillman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Works for the construction of huge mobile drums  begun just in these canals, they are useful to control the flow of the tides and preserve the city from the phenomenon of high water, a threat for the stability of many ancient buildings.

Venice history: Mose, mobile drums

Venice history: Mose, mobile drums Jean-Pierre Dalbéra. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Enjoy this route

From Rialto Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs