Venice, Italy: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
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Venice is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It is most famous for being built on water, that is, on the series of bridges and canals. In fact, the city is so popular, that many other cities built on canals are called by it (eg. Sanct Petersburg- The Venice of the North).It sits on the north shore of the Adriatic Sea, consisting of six boroughs- Cannaregio, San Polo, Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Marco and Castello. Venice is also the capital of Veneto Region.
The city didn’t become a part of Italy until 1866. Before that, it was a independent city- state, as a very important trading city and naval power in Europe. Some of its most famous monuments and tourist attractions originate from that era. And the most famous of all is, of course, St, Mark’s Basilica, built in 832. A.C. It is located in Piazza San Marco. It has long been the official residence of the Patriarch of Venice, since 1807. The Basilica is well-known for its golden ornaments and ground mosaics.
Another famous building in Venice is the Doge’s Palace. It is now a museum, but has for a long time been the residence of the Doge of Venice, one of the wealthiest people in the then Europe.
Those two represent the most visited places, or buildings, in Venice. Definitely the sights not to miss when in Venice.