Venice and its lagoon For An Autumn Vacation
No cars, only gondolas, this is Venice in a nutshell. The city is built on an archipelago of 118 islands intersected by 150 canals and connected by more than 400 bridges, a scenario that is absolutely unique in the world.
Protected by an evocative basin of brackish water, Venice and its lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is not just one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but also a priceless treasure of art and culture, landscape and environment. Naturally romantic, it has a poignant love-hate relationship with the sea, which is the cause of its beauty throughout history but also creates some difficulties to those who live in it, especially when the sea swells and invades the squares and streets of the city.
Venice is a unique jewel, an enchanting city rich with art and refined architecture. How not to mention the magnificence of St. Mark’ Square, with its Basilica, a masterpiece of Romanesque-Byzantine architecture, and the Doge’s Palace built when Venice was the Serenissima Republic, the Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto area and even the Grand Canal with its richly decorated palaces.
Venice hosts traditional cultural events like the Biennale – a festival of art, dance, film and theater – the symphonic season of the Theater La Fenice, the Historical Regatta, the Historical Regatta,and the Carnival, one of the most beautiful in the world.
The Lagoon is home to other fascinating islands, such as the Lido, where the prestigious Film Festival is held; Torcello, the first inhabited island of the lagoon and today almost abandoned;Burano, with its multicolored houses and laceworks; Murano, famous throughout the world for its artistic glass blowers; San Francesco del Deserto, a spellbinding place of meditation and prayer; San Lazzaro degli Armeni, a former leper colony and now the site of a monastery with an extraordinary treasure collection.