Built on a group of 118 small islands, separated by canals and joined by bridges, Venice is located in the homonymous marshy lagoon, which stretches along the shoreline between two rivers. The whole town and the lagoon that hosts it is in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Republic of Venice was great naval power, and a very important center of commerce and art. At the same time, was the starting point for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto.
In Venice were developed several artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period, and the city played an important role in the history of symphonic music and opera and is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi. The buildings of the city are built on stilts, placed very close to each other. Indeed, most of them are still intact, even after centuries of precipitation. Venice has a rich and diverse architectural style, the most famous is the Gothic style. The Venetian Gothic architecture is a term given to a Venetian building style, which combines the use of Pointed Gothic arch with Byzantine and Ottoman influences.
Tourism is one of the 18th century the driving force in the economy of Venice. Renowned for it’s beauty and uniqueness of the landscape, and for the architecture and the arts. The city receives an average of 50,000 tourists a day. Among its popular attractions are the Basilica of San Marco, the Grand Canal and the Piazza San Marco. The famous Carnival of Venice Biennale and the International Film Festival are just a few of the cultural events that attract tourists.
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By Nicole P.