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Venice Travel Guide

Venice is the capital of the Veneto region located on the northern part of Italy. The city's name was derived from the ancient Celtic tribe of Veneti who inhabited the region during the Roman times. There are many names associated with this city such as the 'La Dominante,' 'City of Water,' 'City of Bridges,' and 'The Floating City.' The city stretches in the Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea. Due to the traffic is only comprises of water and the boats called gondolas are only means of transportation, Venice is described as one of Europe's most romantic cities.

There are 270,098 people living in Venice since 2009 where 91.14% of the population was Italian. There are immigrant groups moving in Venice and 3.26% of it are Romanians and South and East Asia with 1.26% and 0.9%, respectively.

The city of Venice experiences a Humid subtropical climate with cool winters and very warm summers. The average January temperature is 38 degrees F (3 degrees C) while the average July temperature is 75 degrees F (23 degrees C). Rainfall is spread relatively throughout the year, with an average annual rainfall of 34 inches (863.6 mm).

The floating city of Italy has famous landmarks for which tourists can go out and see. The Basilica di San Marco is the must see tourist destination. The Basicilica di San Marco is a cathedral church located on Piazza San Marco in Venice. It has been the seat of the archbishop of Venice since 1807. By it Byzatine mosaic design and the symbol of Venetian wealth and power, it was nicknames Chiesa d'Oro, meaning 'Church of gold.'

The Piazza San Marco is the most famous piazza in Venice. The trapezium design of the piazza houses some of Venice's famous landmarks such as Basilica di San Marco, St. Mark's Bell Tower, and the Biblioteca Marciana. This place has been very popular with tourists, particularly photographers for its famous pigeons flying around the piazza.

Since most of Venice's means of transportation is through water, tourists explore the city by means of Gondola through the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal leads into the lagoon near Santa Lucia railway station (where the Italian song 'Santa Lucia' was derived) and the other end leads to the Saint Mark Basin. The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges passing the Grand Canal and also the oldest bridge across the canal.

Venice is also full of art museums and the Accademia is one of them. The Accademia is a museum is located on the south bank of the Grand Canal and was founded in 1750 by the Venetian Senate. This was Venice's school of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

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