Italy in Photos
Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia
Venice is a city unlike any other. It is a city that floats on water, a city of canals and bridges, a city of art and culture, a city of history and romance. It is the capital of the Veneto region in northern Italy, and one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. It was founded in the 5th century by people who fled from the barbarian invasions on the mainland. They settled on a group of islands in the Venetian Lagoon, a shallow bay of the Adriatic Sea. Over time, they built a maritime republic that dominated the trade and commerce of the Mediterranean for centuries. It reached its peak of power and glory in the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was a centre of Renaissance art, literature, music, and science. Venice is composed of 118 small islands, connected by over 400 bridges. The main island is divided into six districts, called sestieri, each with its own character and attractions. The heart of Venice is the Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark’s Square, where the magnificent Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge’s Palace, and the Campanile tower are located. The square is often flooded by high tides, creating a surreal spectacle for visitors. The most famous and iconic feature of Venice is its network of canals, which serve as streets for water transportation. The main canal is the Grand Canal, which snakes through the city and offers a stunning view of the palaces, churches, and museums that line its banks. The best way to explore the canals is by taking a ride on a gondola, a traditional flat-bottomed boat steered by a gondolier. A gondola ride is a romantic and unforgettable experience that allows one to appreciate the beauty and charm of Venice. It is also a city of culture and art. It has been home to many famous artists, writers, composers, and thinkers, such as Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Canaletto, Bellini, Vivaldi, Goldoni, Casanova, and Marco Polo. Venice has many museums and galleries that display their works and legacy. Some of the most notable ones are the Gallerie dell’Accademia, which houses a collection of Venetian paintings from the 14th to 18th centuries; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which showcases modern art from the 20th century; and the Ca’ Rezzonico, which exhibits the life and style of the Venetian nobility in the 18th century. Venice is also a city of festivals and events that celebrate its rich heritage and traditions. The most famous one is the Carnival of Venice, which takes place every year before Lent. During this time, the city is filled with colourful masks, costumes, parades, shows, and parties. The masks are an essential part of the carnival culture, as they allow people to hide their identity and social status and enjoy themselves freely. Another popular event is the Regata Storica, or Historical Regatta, which is a boat race that dates to the 13th century. It features historical boats decorated with flags and banners, and rowers dressed in traditional costumes. Venice is a city that fascinates and inspires millions of people every year. It is a city that preserves its past while embracing its present. It is a city that offers endless possibilities for discovery and enjoyment. It is a city that deserves to be seen and experienced at least once in a lifetime.
The Grand Canal
The City of Venice
The Venetian Lagoon