The Magic of Venice

Venice is a truly magical city on the water. It is built on an archipelago of 118 small islands, intersected by 150 canals and interconnected by 400 bridges.

Venice has always been a favourite destination for international tourism. People from all over the world come to Venice in order to visit, if only once in a lifetime, the world's most famous city on water, and to walk across the city's famous bridges, including the Rialto, Accademia and Scalzi bridges. Venice's squares and walkways offer so many glimpses of history, in the form of palazzos that once belonged to one famous Venetian or another, and churches and basilicas like San Marco and Frari, which typify the various artistic epochs through which the city has lived.

Venice, however, means far more than bridges and monuments. Every year, the city hosts a large number of cultural and artistic events that are the envy of the rest of the world. The Venice International Film Festival, for example, regularly attracts top film stars to the city. Then there is the Venice Bienniale art exhibition, now in its 111th year, and the International Theatre Festival that forms part of it. And on the subject of theatre, let us not forget Venice's most famous theatre, the Fenice, which every year puts on concerts, operas and ballets by some of the world's top companies.

A city of fascination and surprises, Venice, with its inimitable beauty and prestigious events, is able to enchant visitors at all times of the year.

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