Venice is a beautiful sanctuary that is perfectly situated on the Venetian Lagoon in Italy. It has different boroughs but the most popular is the one that consists of 118 islands. Summers in Venice can get really hot so tourists prefer going here during spring or fall. Off peak season is from November to January which is perfect for those looking for a quiet time.
Venice was discovered on the 25th of April in 421 A.D. which was also St. Mark's Day. St. Mark is the patron saint of the city and he took shelter together with other refugees at the lagoon during the invasion of the Barbarians. Marco Polo's journey from Venice to meeting Genghis Khan in China during the Middle Ages played a significant role in the history of Venice.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
One of the most prestigious festivals in the city is the Venice Film Festival which is held every September and gathers some of the biggest names in film including Nicholas Cage, Charlize Theron and Michael Moore. Make early hotel reservations so you can get a glimpse of your favorite stars. The best place to start sightseeing is at St. Mark's Square where you can find the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica, Campanile, Doge's Palace and many museums. Head down to Rialto Bridge to get great views of the Grand Canal or enjoy island hopping to Burano, Murano and Torcello.
The best way to see Venice is via gondola or water bus which is expensive but surely worth it. If you are saving up, then walking is a great option.