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General Facts and History on Venice

Venice is located in northern Italy and stretches across 118 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Venice has also been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Bridges", and "The City of Light". It is also known to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This saltwater lagoon lays along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po which is the south and the Piave which is the north. It is a very large city and has many inhabitants in Venice as well as on the other lagoons.

Venice was a city built from fear then shortly became the city of beauty and dazzle. Venice is a city of beauty and complex history as well as the longest existing Republic. There are so many architectural and artistic treasures in Venice for visitors to find. Venetians showed a time of  great sense when the rest of Europe was in chaos. Venice has many traditions and festivals that are held yearly that enrich their history.

The greatest day in history in Venice is The Battle of Lepanto. The Venetians were known as fighters that came to the rescue for Europe more than once. The Battle of Lepanto started on October 7, 1570. The Turks had started an armada to attack Italy and Europe but parts of Europe left from Venice to take the challenge. The battle went on all day and the Christians lost about 15,000 men and the Turks lost twice as many.


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Tours of Venice

The ghost walking tour is a tour that takes visitors on a journey through Venice and tells the tales of six ghost storiesGhost walking tour in Venice, Italy. Venice is a very romantic yet mysterious city at night. As well as hearing the ghost stories, visitors will learn little known facts about Venice and its history. The tour also takes visitors on tucked away backstreets to show you the mysterious things that happen! The tour starts at the Rialto Bridge from there it goes into the labyrinth of Venice. It goes across sleeping canals and abandoned squares.  They say the only sounds you hear that night are distant footsteps. There is never a dull moment on this tour as you hear the ghost stories and in between some gruesome tales about Venice's past.

 

Dolomite Mountains in VeniceDolomite Mountains Day Trip from Venice by minivan is a great way to explore the nature of Venice.  This tour is about an hour away from Venice and there isn't much driving time after that. There are several different stops along the way of the tour so the driving is kept to a minimum. There are stops at places for coffee in the morning, at shops in villages, and at lakes to admire the beauty. It also goes up to the base of the Tre Cime for a beautiful view of the Dolomite Mountains. There is an optional lunch as well as a walk along a level trail to further see and feel the nature. This is a full day seasonal tour and departure time is at nine in the morning and it ends at the Piazzale Roma.


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Things to do in Venice, Italy

Saint Mark's Basilica is the cathedral of Venice and the most famous church in the city. It has the best examples ofSt Mark's Basilica in Venice Byzantine architecture. This church is located in the St Mark's Square and connected to the Doge's Palace. This church was originally the chapel of the Venetian rulers. Since 1807 there have been many different rulers such as the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, and many more. The cathedral is a symbol of Venetian wealth and power ever since the 11th century and was known by the nickname Chiesa d'Oro which means Church of God. The interior of the building is styled and based on a Greek cross and divided into three naves.

The Ketubbah in the Jewish Museum of VeniceThe Jewish Museum of Venice was first founded in 1953 by the Jewish Community of Venice. This museum is located between the two most ancient Venetian synagogues in the Campo of the Ghetto Novo. The first room in the museum is dedicated to silver wares that reminds people of the most important Jewish festivities from SHABBAT. Some of the other festivities include displays with Channukka, a festivity with nine-branch-lamps, the festivity of Purim, and many more. The Ketubbah which is a wedding contract for the Jewish that was written back in 1792 is also displayed. There are many interesting displays along with beautiful examples of Parokhet which are curtains covering the doors.

 


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