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Venice with its canals, bridges, architecture, lagoon and lanes, can be explored and admired totally free. Venice was once a strong mercantile power of Europe, a staging area for the crusades and has since been immortalised countless times in canvas, text and celluloid. Its rich history is evident as the visitor views amazing centuries-old attractions. One of the most exciting things that you can do in Venice is to walk around and get lost in many alleys, streets and squares of the city. It is a little miracle just waiting to be experienced.

One of the most romantic cities in the world - Venice - cannot be imagined without the gondola. It is a long wooden boat used as a transportation mean in the canals of a city. Today gondolas are used in the field of tourism. It is a top attraction of the city. Who can imagine the trip to Venice without a classic ride along the canals? The city reveals its beauty when you are on the board: you can observe Rialto Bridge (oldest and most famous bridge in Venice), Palazzo Ducale (amazing Gothic architecture), let alone a wide variety of magical Renaissance buildings. Check them out!

Would like to discover the development of other nations in Venice? Visit the Jewish Ghetto. In 1516, the Doge forced Venice's Jewish population into the old cannon-foundry area (ghetto is the Venetian word for foundry), creating the first Jewish ghetto in Europe. At its height, the ghetto housed 5000 people in buildings up to seven stories high, making them among the tallest tenements in Europe at the time. Visit the oldest synagogue, or schola, the Schola Grande Tedesca (German Synagogue) which shares a building with the Museo Ebraico di Venezia (Hebrew Museum of Venezia).

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. It is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine character and great mosaics. Often seen as the living testimony of Venice's links with Byzantium, St Mark's basilica is also considered to be an expression of the city's independence. The Basilica of San Marco overlooks one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Take a look at the life which is taking place all around!

The Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs are probably the two most famous bridges in Venice, but there are beautiful bridges everywhere. Try to count all of them! If you start walking around in Venice and start crossing over bridges, be aware that it is very easy to get lost. Discover Venice at your own pace and take some time to enjoy!


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