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Introduction and Information for Venice
A Brief Introduction to Venice, Italy
Venice is one of the most captivating places in the world. From St. Mark's Basilica to the elegant Rialto Bridge, it is a Canaletto canvas come to life. Stay in the city centre to really appreciate the unique atmosphere of this ancient city with all the museums and galleries right on your doorstep. Or, choose a hotel on the island of Venice Lido to enjoy peace and quiet after a hard day's sightseeing. The leafy avenues and the golden sandy beaches of the Lido are just 15 minutes away from St. Mark's Square by water bus.
Venice is also one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a wealth of history and a great base from which to explore the islands of the Lagoon - Murano, Burano and Torcello. The best way to explore Venice's winding alleyways is by foot. However, there are many water buses that run along the Grand Canal and also out to the fascinating islands of the Venetian Lagoon. Venice, the world's only pedestrian city, is easily walkable, and the absence of cars makes this a particularly pleasant experience. However, walking and standing all day can also be exhausting, so it is best to pace yourself. The Rialtine islands - the main part of Venice - are small enough to walk from one end to the other in about an hour.
Thanks to the Vaporetto dell'Arte you can discover Venice and its magnificent treasures along the Grand Canal. It stops at the most charming attractions and museums in Venice and many services are available on board, such as a multilingual audio video system. You can book Vaporetto dell’Arte tickets online with different validity periods (from 12 hours up to 7 days) and they allow you to hop on and off according to your needs and interests over a period of time to visit museums, exhibitions and monuments listed in the information kit you receive on board.
Don't miss the Rialto market and the Rialto Bridge (Italian: Ponte di Rialto) on San Polo, the smallest sestiere. The Rialto market is for shoppers. To the east is a neighborhood of small shops and restaurants; to the west is the Rialto farmers' market. Shopping is slightly less expensive than in the tourist-filled Piazza San Marco. The bridge has become one of Venice's most recognizable icons and has a history that spans over 800 years. Today's Rialto Bridge was completed in 1591 and was used to replace a wooden bridge that collapsed in 1524.