Unique and envied by all. Copied, praised but above all adored by writers, directors, poets of all ages. Venice with its canals, its streets and gondolas is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

The best way to visit it is to quickly cross the best-known triangle, perpetually under the flashes of the tourists, of San Marco, Rialto and Accademia, and get lost in the districts with their romantic bridges, small squares, fields and squares.

Enter the characteristic ''bacari'' (small taverns) letting yourself be conquered by Venetian flavors. Although the museums of the Serenissima are avant-garde and well cared for, every corner of this city looks like a work of art. The main body of Venice, seen from above, has the shape of a fish and develops in the lagoon on 118 islets and the mainland.

Here were born some of the most important personalities, Marco Polo, Carlo Goldoni, Giacomo Casanova, Antonio Vivaldi and artists such as Tintoretto, Bellini, Canaletto, Tiepolo, Canova.

The decadent charm of Venice has conquered everyone over the centuries. Shakespeare and Thomas Mann set some of their finest masterpieces here.

A curiosity about Venice: the first woman in the world to graduate was precisely a Venetian, Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Pisocopia, who on June 25, 1678 obtained the title of doctor in Philosophy at the University of Padua. A great record for Venetian women.


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