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A Tourists Guide To Venice Italy
By:Thomas Smith

Planning a trip to one of the most intriguing and inspiring cities in the world? Venice, Italy is that city and also is known as a city full of romance and history. The city allows no cars and the streets that meander along the canals are perfect for exploring. You will find that there are 150 canals in Venice and there are also more that 400 bridges that connect 117 pieces of land.

When you plan to come to the city of Venice you may want to take the train. The Santa Lucia Train Station is located on the northwestern edge of the city. You could also take a bus but it is not as convenient. Remember when packing for Venice that there are no taxis or cars so keep the packing to a minimum and make sure you use travel bags with wheels for ease of travel.

Once you are in Venice the easiest way to travel if you are not walking is by boat. These boats or ferries are called vaporetti and they are the most economical way to get around. When you travel by the vaporetti you will be able to cruise the main canal and get a good overview of the city. These boats make many stops allowing passengers to sightsee at their hearts content. You can also take a gondola or water taxi but these modes of transportation are more expensive.

When it is time to shop you will want to pay attention to several of the specialties of Venice. There is Venetian glass which comes from the island of Murano. This glass is unique and makes a wonderful keepsake or souvenir. Carnevale masks and watercolors of the area are popular gifts or you may prefer to shop for the lace made in Venice or the beautiful marbled paper.

When you are ready to do some sightseeing, head to San Marco Square. Here you will find the main square of Venice. This square is surrounded by sidewalk cafes and fun and fancy shops. This is a place where you will pay top dollar to sit outside. In the evening you can eat while listening to live music. This is also a lovely place to take photos.

The Grand Canal is the main thoroughfare of the city of Venice. There you will see beautiful buildings and many kinds of boats. The main bridge that crosses the Grand Canal is the Rialto Bridge and it is over 400 years old. You can also find the Rialto Market which is a great place to shop for interesting foods.

If you enjoy museums you should stop at the Galleria delAccademia which is one of Italys best museums. There are 24 rooms located in 3 historic buildings. There are often many people who want to visit this museum so it is best if you arrive early.

Dont forget about the ice cream in Venice. Some say that Italy has the best ice cream in the world. It would be sad to leave Venice without trying at least a few kinds.

Venice, Italy is a truly wonderful place to visit.

Planning a trip to Venice? Visit the Search Italy Hotels website to find Venice hotel Italy by going to www.searchitalyhotels.com/Venice-1.shtml You'll also find Venice car rentals, last minute deals, vacation packages and flights.

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