GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.

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BIENNALE EXPOSITION 2013

The Biennale, Italian for "biennial" or "every other year", is a large-scale international contemporary art exhibition held in Venice every 2 years. The general theme for the 55th International Art Exhibition was “The Encyclopedic Palace”.

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CANNAREGIO

Cannaregio is the northernmost of the six historic ""sestieri"" of Venice. It is the second largest sestiere by land area and the largest by population, with 13,169 people as of 2007.

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CASTELLO

Castello is the largest of the six sestieri of Venice.

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DORSODURO

Dorsoduro is one of the six sestieri of Venice. It includes the highest land areas of the city and also Giudecca island and Isola Sacca Fisola. Its name derives from the Italian for "hard ridge", due to its comparatively high, stable land.

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LIDO

The Lido, or Venice Lido island, is home to three settlements:

  • The Lido itself, in the north, is home to the Film Festival (which takes place in September), the Grand Hotel des Bains, the Venice Casino and the Grand Hotel Excelsior. The Lido beach boasts an 11-kilometre long sandbar.
  • Malamocco, in the centre, was the first and, for a long time, the only settlement, and was at one time home to the Doge of Venice.
  • Alberoni at the southern end is home to the golf course.
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FERRY (TRAGHETTO LINEA 1)

The local ferry boats are called “vaporetto” (the Venetian public waterbus). There are 19 scheduled lines that run within Venice, and travel between Venice and nearby islands, such as Murano, Burano, and Lido.

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MURANO

Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon. It lies about 1.5 kilometres north of Venice and has a population of just over 5,000. It is famous for its glass making.

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SAN MARCO

San Marco is one of the six sestieri of Venice, lying in the heart of the city. San Marco also includes the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Although the district includes Saint Mark's Square, it was never administered as part of the sestiere.

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SANTA CROCE

Santa Croce is one of the six sestieri of Venice. During the eleventh century, it was administrated by an Hungarian nobleman and crusader knight.

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SAN POLO

San Polo is the smallest of the six sestieri of Venice, covering only 86 acres along the Grand Canal.

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SHOPPING IN VENICE

A mix of low-end trinket stores and middle-market to upscale boutiques line the narrow zigzagging Mercerie running north between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. More expensive clothing and gift boutiques make for window-shopping on Calle Larga XXII Marzo.

BIENNALE EXPOSITION 2013

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Arsenale Art Expos-14586 COVER

The Biennale, Italian for "biennial" or "every other year", is a large-scale international contemporary art exhibition held in Venice every 2 years. The general theme for the 55th International Art Exhibition was “The Encyclopedic Palace”.

CANNAREGIO

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Cannaregio-Other pictures Cannaregio-14609 COVER

Cannaregio is the northernmost of the six historic ""sestieri"" of Venice. It is the second largest sestiere by land area and the largest by population, with 13,169 people as of 2007.

CASTELLO

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Castello is the largest of the six sestieri of Venice.

DORSODURO

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Dorsoduro-Ponte dell' Accademia-13706 COVER

Dorsoduro is one of the six sestieri of Venice. It includes the highest land areas of the city and also Giudecca island and Isola Sacca Fisola. Its name derives from the Italian for "hard ridge", due to its comparatively high, stable land.

LIDO

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Lido-Ferry (traghetto linea 1)-14677 COVER

The Lido, or Venice Lido island, is home to three settlements:

- The Lido itself, in the north, is home to the Film Festival (which takes place in September), the Grand Hotel des Bains, the Venice Casino and the Grand Hotel Excelsior. The Lido beach boasts an 11-kilometre long sandbar.

- Malamocco, in the centre, was the first and, for a long time, the only settlement, and was at one time home to the Doge of Venice.

- Alberoni at the southern end is home to the golf course.

FERRY (TRAGHETTO LINEA 1)

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Lido-Ferry (traghetto linea 1)-14720 COVER

The local ferry boats are called “vaporetto” (the Venetian public waterbus). There are 19 scheduled lines that run within Venice, and travel between Venice and nearby islands, such as Murano, Burano, and Lido.

MURANO

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Murano-Chiesa San Pietro Martire-14337 COVER

Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon. It lies about 1.5 kilometres north of Venice and has a population of just over 5,000. It is famous for its glass making.

SAN MARCO

Italy -Veneto-Venice-San Marco-Chiesa San Mose'-14293 COVER

San Marco is one of the six sestieri of Venice, lying in the heart of the city. San Marco also includes the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Although the district includes Saint Mark's Square, it was never administered as part of the sestiere.

SANTA CROCE

italy-Venice-Santa Croce-San Polo-Fondaco dei Turchi-Museo Civico di Storia Naturale-115 COVER

Santa Croce is one of the six sestieri of Venice. During the eleventh century, it was administrated by an Hungarian nobleman and crusader knight.

SAN POLO

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Santa Croce-San Polo-I Frari-13797 COVER

San Polo is the smallest of the six sestieri of Venice, covering only 86 acres along the Grand Canal.

SHOPPING IN VENICE

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Shopping in Venice-14623 COVER

A mix of low-end trinket stores and middle-market to upscale boutiques line the narrow zigzagging Mercerie running north between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. More expensive clothing and gift boutiques make for window-shopping on Calle Larga XXII Marzo.

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