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Venice Travel Guide

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Want to learn more about Venice? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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Let's Get Lost

Getting around Venice presents some unusual problems: the city's layout has few straight lines; house numbering seems nonsensical; and the six...

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Venice's Scuola Days

An institution you'll inevitably encounter from Venice's glory days is the scuola . These weren't schools, as the word today translates, but...

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Wading Through the Acqua Alta

There are two ways to get anywhere in Venice: walking and by water. Occasionally you walk through water, when falling barometers, southeasterly...

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Eating and Drinking Well in Venice

The catchword in Venetian restaurants is fish, often at its tastiest. Even if you're not normally a fish fan, it's worth trying here—there's...

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What to Shop for in Venice

Colorful Murano glass may be the most obvious thing to shop for in Venice—you can't avoid encountering a mind-boggling variety of it in shop...

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Top Reasons to Go to Venice

Landmarks: The Rialto bridge and Palazzo Ducale are simply unforgettable. Festivals: Carnevale and the Biennale are celebrations of art...

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Venice's Signature Crafts: Glass

Perhaps it's a matter of character that Venice, a city whose beauty depends so much upon the effects of shimmering, reflected light, also developed...

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Venice's Signature Crafts: Masks

When Carnevale was revived in the late 1970s, mask making returned as well, with travelers inspiring its evolution to its current ornate form...

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Beginnings

Venice was founded in the 5th century when the Veneti, inhabitants of the mainland region roughly corresponding to today's lower Veneto, fled...

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Speaking Venetian

Venice is one of the few Italian cities where the local dialect is still alive and well. Much of the language you will hear in Venice is not...

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Churchgoing

Few landmarks are more identifiable with Italy than the country's great churches, amazing works of architecture that often took centuries to...

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Quintessential Venice

If you want to get a sense of contemporary Venetian culture and indulge in some of its pleasures, start by familiarizing yourself with the rituals...

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Piazza San Marco

Perhaps nowhere else in the world gathers together so many of man’s noblest artistic creations. The centerpiece of the piazza is the Basilica...

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Best Festivals in Venice

Carnevale and the Biennale are much-acclaimed events that draw crowds from around the world, but throughout the year, other festivals that are...

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Carnevale in Venice

Ever since its revival in the 18th century, the Venice Carnevale has been aimed at drawing visitors to the city. For the 12 days leading up...

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Tours in Venice

If you want some expert guidance around Venice, you may opt for private tours or large group tours. Any may include a boat tour as a portion...

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Venice's Biennale

The Biennale dell'Arte originated in 1894 and, except for World War interruptions, has taken place every two years since. In 1910 Klimt and...

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Venice Today

While Venice spends a great deal of energy preserving its past, this city is also entrenched in the here and now and modern Venetian life has...

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