Venice is one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world. This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice is built on 117 small islands and has around 150 canals and 409 bridges!
Venice has a great name in history, architecture, cultural history and gourmet cuisine, but in terms of size it is rather small. Officially the city covers 418 square metres, with a population of just over 250,000 people. By far the largest part of this is on the mainland where most Venetians live. ‘Mestre’ – one of these modern districts belongs just as much to Venice from an administrative perspective however, has little to do with the actual lagoon city.
What attracts visitors to Venice is the historical centre ‘Centro storico’, which are the many small islands in the lagoon – several of which have never been lived on. The historical centre that extends to the left and right of the Grande Canal is 7 square kilometres in size and can be explored on foot, by water taxi and water bus. You can also hire a gondola – this is the most stylish and also by far the most romantic method of exploring Venice.
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