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Venice

Floods of Romance

The mere mention of Venice immediately conjures romantic images: quaint scenes of lovers on gondolas, slowly drifting down a tranquil canal. In reality, these fabled waterways are often polluted, flooding, traversed by commuters and tourists on modern waterbuses, and yes, quite lovely and astonishing. Experiencing a city without automobiles will be a new adventure for most visitors -- Venice is the largest car-free zone in Europe! There are plenty of connecting streets or footbridges for those who avoid using boats. Of course, there is more to Venice than just the canals. This city has a rich and remarkably complex history; in the past, it was not only a city, it was the Republic of Venice, an independent state and a pivotal center of international trade, which tended to complicate its relations with other bodies. Now that this remarkable city has joined Italy (more than 200 years ago), it continues to charm visitors with its lovely architecture, music, exuberant Carnival, and world-famous Biennale art exhibition. However, you might have to act fast – after all, the city is sinking, and an alarming number of Venetians have ended up with water in their living rooms.

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Latest Venice reviews (22)

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  • What a beautiful city. This is a must see city!!
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  • ma ci siete stati a Venezia o vi fidate delle cavolate che si scrivono in rete. Venezia non affonda, affondano le vostre guide. vergognatevi a vendere certe porcherie datate, vecchie di anni.
    a couple of months ago report abuse
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    about a year ago report abuse
  • ricordi troppo romantici mi legano a questa città, difficile essere oggettiva..ma il colpo d'occhio che si ha vedendo piazza San Marco dall'alto del Duomo è impagabile!
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  • Impresionante!!!
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  • Venezia e' una citta' unica che non ha paragoni con nessuna altra citta' al mondo, per l' assoluta suggestione dei suoi paesaggi, dei suoi colori, per l'inestabile ricchezza della sua storia e dei suoi tesori d'arte. Ci sono stato decine di volte in ogni periodo dell'anno e non sono rimasto mai deluso. Eppure io non vengo da una citta ' qualsiasi..... vengo da ROMA!!!!
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  • great town, worth to visit. Been there a few times, verry interesting in february in carnival time.
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    Venice is a dream, I suggest you to go there alone and to avoid the touristic zones. Get lost among the Calli without any fear
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    no doubt... world heritage
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    beautiful Venice
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    Venice is a city you have to visit at least once in your life, enjoy the really old buildings while sailing in a gondola or get lost around the small streets and bridges. Venice is a city always full of tourists even when it is too hot or too cold. Plaza San Marco is the best place for meeting. During the Carnival the whole city has a new life, old, fine, totally peculiar. But if you choose to discover another places in Venice, nothing better than walking around the paved streets following just your feet, finding old houses and small nice squares.
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  • Venice city, the most important feature of the city is, it is surrounded with sea. Venice is an experience that have to try at least once, beyond the marketing and the amusing history that it has, it's not in good condition. buildings and the palaces are not well preserved and I think people don't seem to be aware of the beautiful city. http://www.europevoyage.net
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    You can't miss this city and you should try to get lost though the streets and canals.
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  • Just Unlike Any other Placesi loved it so much
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  • Apart from the environmental issues, I must comment on the beauty of Venice. I mean, sinking is a major problem but why is it so beautiful? Nature confuses me! Food is fantastic... try and have a meal outside the resturant with a great view of the river and seek any quick boat rides! The people are warm and friendly and the atmosphere can be busy at times but know your way around and plan a great trip and you'll get by perfectly! Have a safe trip.
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  • It seems the process of sinking is not completely banned and the government is still experimenting with ways how to protect the city: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venice#Sinking_of_Venice
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  • It is known that Venice has the problem of high tide (and MOSE project would be a solution to this) but the process of "sinking" does not affect only Venice, but all the world. It's a shame that you let people say thing such "Ma è bene affrettarsi, infatti la città sta affondando e un allarmante numero di veneziani si è già trovato con l'acqua nel salotto di casa". Try to ask experts if they agree with this sentence!
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    Venecia is a magic tale full of places that take you to another time, it's a nice and romantic place with a halo of mistery. Venice is not only the Plaza San Marco and gondolas, Venice is much more than that, you have to live it!!! (don't miss their Carnival). I Love Venice!!!!
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    it's very romantic here….
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    Always lovely at the end of august
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  • Is Adorable! If you are looking for a pleasant walk through walksides, plazas, etc or even for a crowdy place just get totally disconnected from your usual world you will have it here. A ride in "gondolas" is definitely a must, is relaxing (once you are on one) as well as get lost on its streets. Simply, I love it.
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  • Are you kidding me?!?!! I live here, and I know I can call myself lucky! Going to work or going to take an exam at university also becomes a pleasure! I love it!
    a couple of years ago report abuse

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