Venice – A city built on water
Venice is the most unique and unusual city in the world. It is built on water, in a shallow lagoon of the Adriatic Sea. History has turned it into a city of canals, bridges, architecture, art and culture. Its contemporary relevance is demonstrated by the quantity of visitors to the city and the many other cities claiming to be the Venice of the north, east, west or somewhere else.
Venice's lagoon is protected from the open sea by a series of sandbanks. The city itself is built on 118 separate islands divided by 170 canals and linked by more than 400 bridges. Its fairy-tale appearance continues to enchant visitors from all over the world. The city is divided into two halves by the Grand Canal and further split into a watery maze with countless branches. The two halves are linked by a number of remarkable bridges, the most famous of them the Rialto Bridge, which is simultaneously a bridge and a shopping arcade. St Mark's Square, dedicated to the patron saint of Venice, can be the start or the finish of your exploration of this fascinating city.