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Venice.

Italy Facts & Information

 Location Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea
 Climate Mediterranean, Alpine in far north, hot, dry in south
 Terrain Mostly rugged and mountainous, some plains, coastal lowlands
 Population 58,103,033
 Nationality Italian
 Ethnic groups Italians
 Religions Roman Catholic with mature Protestant and Jewish communities
 Languages Italian
 Government Type Republic
 Capital Rome
 Currency Euro (EUR)
 Description of Flag Three equal vertical bands of green, white, and red.
 Italy Flag Italy Flag

More Information
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Venice Culture

In recent years, the residential population of Venice has decreased dramatically due in part to flooding concerns. While Venice is still home to some year round residents, much of the general public consists of tourists, students of the University of Venice, and business owners. Still, Venice has held on to certain long time traditions. The gondolas are still a major staple of Venice and when the gondoliers are not sailing down the canals, they are docked at various

bridges, waiting to cater to visitors. The demeanor of the gondoliers represents a mixture of pride for their work and the city they represent. Another such custom is the yearly Carnevale. A few weeks before Easter, Venetians and curious visitors alike enjoy a ten-day festivity that culminates with a lavish display of fireworks above the Grand Canal. During Carnevale, Venetians dress in 18th century costume and famously wear elaborate masks, completely disguising their identities. Balls take place in the Doge Palace and other areas around the city, and tickets are expensive and difficult to obtain. For a more casual, and nonetheless thrilling, Carnevale experience, keep in mind that various musical and theatrical events occur in the streets and the many piazzettas, celebrating Venice’s past and present.

 

Venice Culture

In recent years, the residential population of Venice has decreased dramatically due in part to flooding concerns. While Venice is still home to some year round residents, much of the general public consists of tourists, students of the University of Venice, and business owners. Still, Venice has held on to certain long time traditions. The gondolas are still a major staple of Venice and when the gondoliers are not sailing down the canals, they are docked at various

bridges, waiting to cater to visitors. The demeanor of the gondoliers represents a mixture of pride for their work and the city they represent. Another such custom is the yearly Carnevale. A few weeks before Easter, Venetians and curious visitors alike enjoy a ten-day festivity that culminates with a lavish display of fireworks above the Grand Canal. During Carnevale, Venetians dress in 18th century costume and famously wear elaborate masks, completely disguising their identities. Balls take place in the Doge Palace and other areas around the city, and tickets are expensive and difficult to obtain. For a more casual, and nonetheless thrilling, Carnevale experience, keep in mind that various musical and theatrical events occur in the streets and the many piazzettas, celebrating Venice’s past and present.

 

Venice Shopping

Trinket shops, designer boutiques, and a variety of cafes and bars huddle along the narrow alleyways of Venice. While the stores may seem small from the outside, shop owners manage to shelve a large collection of items within the old walls. Proceed carefully while inside the shops, as there are usually delicate souvenirs at every turn. Assorted mementos, from key chains to wine bottle decorum to paintings and postcards, display images of gondolas and

St. Mark’s Cathedral. The most common and widely purchased items include Carnevale masks and Murano glass. A broad selection of each item exists, but not every piece is genuinely handcrafted. Only after familiarizing yourself with a few different versions, will you be able to discern the authentic from the replicas. If you are on a budget, keep in mind that you can often buy the same souvenirs further from the Grande Canal at a less expensive price. Quality shops and dining exist even in the more remote areas of the city.

 

Venice Shopping

Trinket shops, designer boutiques, and a variety of cafes and bars huddle along the narrow alleyways of Venice. While the stores may seem small from the outside, shop owners manage to shelve a large collection of items within the old walls. Proceed carefully while inside the shops, as there are usually delicate souvenirs at every turn. Assorted mementos, from key chains to wine bottle decorum to paintings and postcards, display images of gondolas and

St. Mark’s Cathedral. The most common and widely purchased items include Carnevale masks and Murano glass. A broad selection of each item exists, but not every piece is genuinely handcrafted. Only after familiarizing yourself with a few different versions, will you be able to discern the authentic from the replicas. If you are on a budget, keep in mind that you can often buy the same souvenirs further from the Grande Canal at a less expensive price. Quality shops and dining exist even in the more remote areas of the city.

 

Venice Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Venice. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 Sahara Cannaregio 2519 041 721 077 Egyptian
 Le Bistrot de Venise 4685 - Calle Dei Fabbri 041 523 6651 Venetian
 Corte Sconta Castello 3886 041 522 7024 Seafood
 Al Mascaron Castello 5525 041 522 5995 Italian
 Ae Oche Santa Croce 1552 041 524 1161 Italian
 Harry's Dolci Giudecca 773 041 522 4844 Venetian
 Restaurant La Caravella Via XXII Marzo 2398 041 520 8901 Italian
 Ristorante Sole e Luna Zattere 924 041 520 6895 Italian
 Alle Testiere Castello 5801 041 522 7220 Seafood
 L'Incontro Dorsoduro 3062 041 522 2404 Venetian
 Da Gianni Dorsoduro 918 041 523 7210 Pizzeria
 Iguana Caf Cannaregio 2515 041 713 561 Mexican
 Altanella Giudecca 268 041 522 7780 Venetian
 Al Bacareto San Marco 3447 041 528 9336 Italian
 Antiche Carampane San Polo 1911 041 524 0165 Venetian
 Fiaschetteria Toscana Cannaregio 5719 041 528 5281 Venetian
 Al Gondolieri Dorsoduro 36 041 528 6396 Italian
 Antico Martini San Marco 1983 041 522 4121 Italian
 Vini da Gigio Cannaregio 3628A 041 528 5140 Venetian
 Da Remigio Castello 3416 041 523 0089 Venetian
La Furatola Dorsoduro 2869 041 520 8594 Venetian
 Alla Madonna San Polo 594 041 522 3824 Venetian
 Shri Ganesh San Polo 2426 041 719 804 Indian

 

Venice Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Venice. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 Sahara Cannaregio 2519 041 721 077 Egyptian
 Le Bistrot de Venise 4685 - Calle Dei Fabbri 041 523 6651 Venetian
 Corte Sconta Castello 3886 041 522 7024 Seafood
 Al Mascaron Castello 5525 041 522 5995 Italian
 Ae Oche Santa Croce 1552 041 524 1161 Italian
 Harry's Dolci Giudecca 773 041 522 4844 Venetian
 Restaurant La Caravella Via XXII Marzo 2398 041 520 8901 Italian
 Ristorante Sole e Luna Zattere 924 041 520 6895 Italian
 Alle Testiere Castello 5801 041 522 7220 Seafood
 L'Incontro Dorsoduro 3062 041 522 2404 Venetian
 Da Gianni Dorsoduro 918 041 523 7210 Pizzeria
 Iguana Caf Cannaregio 2515 041 713 561 Mexican
 Altanella Giudecca 268 041 522 7780 Venetian
 Al Bacareto San Marco 3447 041 528 9336 Italian
 Antiche Carampane San Polo 1911 041 524 0165 Venetian
 Fiaschetteria Toscana Cannaregio 5719 041 528 5281 Venetian
 Al Gondolieri Dorsoduro 36 041 528 6396 Italian
 Antico Martini San Marco 1983 041 522 4121 Italian
 Vini da Gigio Cannaregio 3628A 041 528 5140 Venetian
 Da Remigio Castello 3416 041 523 0089 Venetian
 La Furatola Dorsoduro 2869 041 520 8594 Venetian
 Alla Madonna San Polo 594 041 522 3824 Venetian
 Shri Ganesh San Polo 2426 041 719 804 Indian

 


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