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Venice makes you a believer in fairy tales. Cars are banned, so the only way to get around the 1,500-year-old city is by foot or by water. From these vantage points, you’ll be awed by the magical beauty. La Serenissima, “the most serene one,” is filled with palaces and art, fine shopping and excellent food.

Wikipedia.com

Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world, due to the city being one of the world’s greatest and most beautiful cities of art. The city has an average of 50,000 tourists a day (2007 estimate). In 2006, it was the world’s 28th most internationally visited city, with 2.927 million international arrivals that year.

Today there are numerous attractions in Venice, such as St Mark’s Basilica, the Grand Canal, and the Piazza San Marco, to name a few. The Lido di Venezia is also a popular international luxury destination, attracting thousands of actors, critics, celebrities and mainly people in the cinematic industry.

However, Venice’s popularity as a major worldwide tourist destination has caused several problems, including the fact that the city can be very overcrowded at some points of the year. It is regarded by some as a tourist trap, and by others as a ‘living museum’.

lonelyplanet.com

From the look of it, you’d think Venice spent all its time primping. Bask in the glory of Grand Canal palaces, but make no mistake: this city’s a powerhouse. You may have heard that Venice is an engineering marvel, with marble churches built atop ancient posts driven deep into the barene (mud banks) – but the truth is that this city is built on sheer nerve. Reasonable people might blanch at water approaching their doorsteps and flee at the first sign of acqua alta (high tide). But reason can’t compare to Venetian resolve. Instead of bailing out, Venetians have flooded the world with voluptuous Venetian-red paintings and wines, music, Marco Polo spice-route flavours, and bohemian-chic fashion. And they’re not done yet.

Venice Tourist Board

Venice, the fairytale city created by human ingenuity, goes beyond and ascends the laws of nature. The area in and around Venice is a realm of culture, art and civilisation that combines to create a unique and exceptional human experience.

Fco.gov.uk

[On Italy] There is a general threat from terrorism.  Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. See the Terrorism section of this Travel Advice.

There is currently a risk of unannounced wildcat strikes by municipal transport workers in cities across Italy.  See the Local Travel section of this advice for dates of major pre-planned strikes.

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They are not really street numbers in Venice. Instead buildings are numbered by Sestieri, roughly from east to west. San Marco, for instance, begins at the Doge’s Palace and ends at the Rialto bridge, where the Post Office (Fondaco dei Tedeschi) bears number 5562, the last number.

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