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16.3.11

Venice the basics !!

The city of Venice is fairly small, in fact it is possible to visit the whole by foot. The most important tourist attractions are Piazza San  Marco, The Basilica, the Doge's Palace, Rialto Bridge. But many more are the places to visit in Venice, so inthe next post we will try to divide Venice in areas and we will give you information about each of them.
Venice is divided in six Sestieri, (ancient administrative districts) which are Cannareggio, Castello, San Marco, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce.

The city is built on a patchwork of many low lying islands in  a lagoon. The way this city was built resulted to be very effective and robust in fact the oldest building is from the 1225.
It is important to remind to all of our tourists that  Venice is a city without roads ( yes many of you came to Venice asking our Hostess: " Can't we not take the car?" "Can we park outside our apartment?").
 For this reason the city developed structures and infrastractures able to fullfill the needs of the inhabitants.
Because the main access to the buiding was via boat from the side facing the canal , this part of the building was usually well decorated compared to the side facing the calle (street), no need to mention that each house has a mooring area, where you or your visitors could "park their boat".
Taxis and Buses
People now adays move on buses and taxis but they are Boats, many locals own their private boat.


This city is also know for its strategical position , for the mercantile life, and also for its ancient tradition of glass, Glass blower can still be seen in the island of Murano, Burano, Torcello.

Stay tuned for the next post as we will talk about Venice attractions in more details.

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