Located in northeastern Italy in the Gulf of Venice, Venezia is a goldmine of extraordinary architecture and urban design. Built on a lagoon dotted with islets, this city of 400 bridges has more than 250,000 inhabitants. Venetians have never stopped pushing the geographical limits to expand the city’s inhabitable areas, which are criss-crossed by a network of canals.
The architecture of the city's churches is a testament to the incontestable influence of Byzantine art in this former colony of Constantinople. The contributions of other styles, from Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque, are also present. Venice also commemorates its past through numerous festivals, a legacy of the City of the Doges: the Carnival, of course, but also the Historical Regatta, which enlivens the Grand Canal, the Festa delle Marie, which pays homage to Mary for ending the plague of 1630 and the international festivals, such as the famous Venice Biennale.
Carnival festivities at St. Mark’s Square, zigzagging gondolas on the Grand Canal and gilded Byzantine palaces: Venice, La Serenissima, offers so much and never ceases to amaze. Its history bears witness to an exceptional destiny: a city constructed on water, it became a major maritime trading post for Europe. Its Republic of Doges was way ahead of its time during an era when neighbouring monarchies continued to prevail.
City of the arts, Venice is also a city of crafts, such as the glassmakers of Murano and the lace makers of Burano, not to mention the Venetian expertise in weaving, woodwork and papermaking. You will not be able to resist these silk and glass creations, which are more like works of art than simple decorations.