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Venice is a landmark on its own, unique and intriguing since its humble beginnings until the present day. In other words, Venice seduces and captivates with its architecture, culture, and omnipresent ambiance of quaint romance. A swamp might seem like a strange place to build one of the greatest cities in Italian history. However, considering the circumstances that led to its foundation, it was the perfect place to make one’s home. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, Italian mainland suffered from frequent Barbarian rampages. So, the first people to settle in the Venetian lagoon came looking for nothing more than a safe refuge. The settlers craftily improved their swampy circumstances by building a “terra semi-firma.” How? They used wood pylons driven thirty meters (100 feet) into the wet sand. 
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The centerpiece of all Venice attractions is, without doubt, St. Mark’s sumptuous Basilica. It almost feels a crime against humanity that for years it served only as a personal church for the Doge of Venice. Not until 1807, with the end of the Venice Republic did it become the city’s Cathedral. Now though, it can be enjoyed by all and makes for top sightseeing in Venice. The grandeur of the Basilica’s five Byzantine domes, sparkling mosaic portals and colored columns is biblical and stops you dead in your tracks. In the jewelry box that is Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica is the diamond that shines the brightest. Inside is a feast for the eyes, a veritable treasure trove of visual delights. More mosaics adorn the ceilings and walls, a glory of shimmering splendor, and then, of course, there is the presbytery, crypt and treasury (with all the loot collected from the Crusades).

If you want to cross the Bridge of Sighs, then a visit to the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale in Italian) should rank high on your “what to do in Venice” itinerary. Sitting in St. Mark’s square, but facing out to the canal means that when you catch sight of the Doge’s Palace from afar, it looks as if it’s floating on water. This sets the tone for a truly remarkable and significant building. The Palace was once the residence of the Doge (leader) of Venice and was the political and administrative seat of the Republic. With stunning views overlooking the lagoon, the building is decorated with 14th-century statues and is definitely one of the top sights in Venice. Inside you can get lost exploring the state and institutional rooms, prisons and armory. However, it is when you climb the Golden Staircase and peek in the rooms at the top of the palace that things get seriously impressive.

Venice consists of more than 100 islands all built on the waters of the Adriatic Sea. The barrier Island of Lido means that the rest of Venice is well protected from the tides of the Adriatic turning the waterways, for which the city is known, into a gondolier’s paradise. There are plenty of things to see in Venice. But, gliding through the network of narrow canals that flow through the city is the best way to enjoy all of its unique buildings and bridges. Of all the fun things to do in Venice, a gondola ride takes top spot and what’s more, it is a quintessential Venice experience. Can you imagine coming home after a trip to the watery city and not having gone for a spin in a gondola? Of course, you can’t! And, just think, If you’re on a romantic trip and lucky enough, your gondolier might just serenade you. 

If you’re wondering what to do in Venice, then the Casanova Museum opened its doors on the 2nd of April this year. It’s the first museum, not only in Italy, but the world dedicated entirely to the extraordinary man. Casanova was champion seducer and a libertine rumored to have bedded over 120 women. He was also a poet and philosopher, and published books on mathematics, an actor, a priest and even a spy. Casanova lived life ten times over, he traveled an estimated 40,000 miles across Europe and met Catherine the Great. Now, for the first time, in his hometown, Casanova’s life will be displayed across six room. You can go beyond the myth of the man and explore his literature, documents, clothing and everyday objects. The exhibition is immersive, mixing virtual experiences with interactive exhibits and also provides an insight into Venice at the time.


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The more invaders returned, the more people sought sanctuary in the lagoon. 
 
The six kilometers (three miles) of shallow water between Venice and mainland protected the city for over 1400 years. It isolated it not only from the invaders but also often quarrelsome Italian political life. Venice stayed utterly unaffected by imperialist warfare, feudalism, and territorial disputes. Instead, the city turned its attention to the East, the home of vibrant markets such as Alexandria and Constantinople. Gradually, a peaceful lagoon grew into a commercial empire.
 
Venice’s political, economic, and cultural prosperity peaked in Middle Ages. During this period, Venice became the city of art, culture, and innovation we know today. One of the great markers in its history was the election of the first Doge of Venice, a step that was way ahead of its time. The second pivotal event was bringing relics of Saint Mark from Alexandria and, consequently, the construction of Saint Mark’s Basilica. Today, if you search for what to do in Venice, St Mark's Basilica, along the lovely square in front of it, will be among the top suggestions. 
 
Venice has been called by many names: The Floating city, City of Bridges, and the City of Love… You can make your trip romantic, educational, exploratory or all of the above. It is indeed up to you which alluring aspect of Venice you want to experience because all of them will astound you. Scroll through the page to discover all the fantastic things to do in Venice!
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