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Venice, The True Waterworld

Grand Canal

Venice has literally hundreds of canals that connect the various islands that make up the city – the largest of which is the Canale Grande.

This monumental canal is more like a river and it passes from one side of Venice to the other and snakes through the centre in a large S bend shape. Over 170 buildings dating from as early as the 13th century line the banks of the canal and it has served as an important waterway in the city for hundreds of years.

Doge's Palace

One of Europe’s most beautiful and easily recognizable buildings, the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) was not only the center of government during the Venetian Republic but also the residence of the Doge. The palace for the first of these powerful leaders was a wretched, gloomy wooden fortress with massive defensive towers, and after several fires, the castle was converted into a Byzantine-style palace. The present day building was built mainly in the 14th century, and the facade dates from the first half of the 15 century. Now a museum, the painting were created to the Doge’s Palace, and not added later.

Balcony of Small Hpu
The Pantheon of Agrippa is the best preserved Roman building in the world, it is a perfect synthesis of harmony and constructive intelligence and nobody dared to perform a similar work until the Renaissance, fourteen centuries later. Michelangelo referred to the Pantheon as the building that had “an angelic and not a human design”.
St. Mark's Square

Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) is the heart of Venice. As the largest square in the city St Mark’s Square has always been the location of important government buildings and other facilities central to the goings on in Venice. St Mark’s Square as well as being the largest square is also one of the largest open spaces in Venice, a big contrast to the winding alleys and lanes within Venice where you are hemmed in by the buildings most of the time.

 

 

 

Aerial View of Venice

Venice is an island city: The centro storico or historic center is a tightly-integrated cluster of 118 small islands that are linked by more than 400 footbridges. (Every time you cross a canal, you’re stepping onto another island.) The entire city covers approximately 1800 acres, more than twice the size of New York’s Central Park.

The historic center is connected to the mainland suburb of Mestre by the Ponte della Libertà, a long causeway that was built early in the 19th Century.

Gondola

The gondolas plying the busy Grand Canal and smaller waterways of Venice are one of the most iconic images in the world. They are the symbol of history, tradition, and romance in the city on the lagoon, and a gondola ride in Venice ranks among one of the most dreamed-about experiences for travelers.

Pyramid of Cestius

Giving the broad expanse of Piazza San Marco its vertical dimension is the campanile, the tall brick bell tower for the basilica. It towers above the corner of the arcaded Procuratie Nuove, linking the Piazza and the Piazzetta. The campanile is so tall that it was used by approaching ships as a beacon to guide them home.

Carnival Masks

Venetian masks can be analyzed through the prism of Venice traditions and customs rooted in need of hiding personality and making everyone equal. Basically, the Venice carnival mask is connected with the Carnival of Venice as one of the most important and famous carnivals all over the world. However, being worn in Venice, Italy, masks can be marked as the way to hide the personality of people who wore them during different activities. Later, the masks were actively used during the Venice Carnival, in particular.

My Life in Roma

We don’t take a photograph, we keep a memory forever.

As a young child, as a teenager, and as an adult, my love of Rome has never changed. I visited Rome often growing up and have returned several times as an adult. My mother was from Rome, and I was fortunate enough to develop a close relationship with my Italian family. I lived my life there as a native and made so many wonderful memories.

Once, I walked with my cousin, Paolo, from my nonno’s (grandfather’s) apartment to the Colosseum which was miles away. We stopped and bought some gelato and enjoyed it immensely. Would you believe he’d never been to the Colosseum before? Neither had my mother or the rest of the family. It’s considered a tourist attraction.

If you want to see Rome the way it should be seen, I encourage you to stay in a Bed and Breakfast, get a good map, rent a car or take a taxi and explore the Eternal City on your own. Most Italians speak English and I never met one who wasn’t eager to help. Ciao!

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