PICTURES EUROPA / ITALY

VENICE


Venice, built on wooden piles in the middle of a lagoon on Italys Adriatic coast, Venice wears its riches with pride, the main artery of the city the Grand Canal sweeps in an elegant curve through its centre, a water-bus or vaporetto trip down the Grand Canal will reveal the faded elegance revealing the citys beatiful blend of Europe and Byzantium, explored by gondola or on foot the narrow alleys and backaters of the city reveal all its decorative details, the Doges Palace constructed in stunning Gothic creation with the canal on one side and St Marks square on the other, St Marks Basilica is the most famous citys churches and best known example of Byzantine architecture, Venice boats are some great works of Renaissance art, the best galleries are the Accademia, the Galleria Giorgio Franchentti in the Gothic Ca´d´Oro and the Peggy Guggenhein Collection, also there is Murano island just north of Venice famous for its glasswork, Torcello, stuuning Basilica di Santa Maria Assanta, the Lido-Venice seaside, La Fenice opera house one of the most beatiful, the hole city is under a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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