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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 10:36 pm    Post subject: Venezia Reply with quote

Venice (Venezia) is the capital of the North East region Veneto. Its population is 271,663 (census estimate January 1, 2004).
The city stretches across numerous small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy.


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The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Piave (north) Rivers. The population estimate of 272,000 inhabitants includes the population of the whole Comune of Venezia; the historic city of Venice (Centro storico) inhabitants are around 62,000, while approximately 176,000 people live in "terraferma" (literal "dry land", it means the extra-lagoon areas) and 31,000 live in other islands of the lagoon.

Venice is world-famous for its canals. It is built on an archipelago of 118 islands formed by about 150 canals in a shallow lagoon. The islands on which the city is built are connected by about 400 bridges.


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(Rio della Verona)

In the old center, the canals serve the function of roads, and every form of transport is on water or on foot. In the 19th century a causeway to the mainland brought a railway station to Venice, and an automobile causeway and parking lot was added in the 20th century. Beyond these land entrances at the northern edge of the city, transportation within the city remains, as it was in centuries past, entirely on water or on foot. Venice is Europe's largest urban carfree area, unique in Europe in remaining a sizable functioning city in the 21st century entirely without motorcars or trucks.

The classical Venetian boat is the gondola, although it is now mostly used for tourists, for weddings, or other ceremonies. Most Venetians now travel by motorised waterbuses ("vaporetti"). The city also has many private boats.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Goganda.

That is what I like about Venezia. No cars! I find that very relaxing not to have to fight the traffic. Grant it, sometime the area around the Plaza of San Marco is rather crowed with people, but still this is much much less stressful than having to drive a car in a city you don't know.

I highly recommend visiting this very unusual city. For me what is most intringuing is not so much the art of the city (which is very beautiful in its own right), but more the way the city functions perfectly well by the use of motor boats. The mail is delivered by boat. The trash is picked up by boat. If a house is being remodeled, building materials are delivered by boat. Boats are parked (anchored) in front of houses.



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow! that image of piazza san marco is beautiful! I want to go to Venice when it looks like that! Of course I'm sure the only reason It's not full of people is because it's full of water :D



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Carnevale this past year - very cold, but one crazy (and long!) night!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simy great photos of a beautiful city. I loved wandering the streets there when we visited years ago even though it was packed jammed with people. It is indeed a very unique city .
I too found it very relaxing Maria despite the crowds. Love not having automobile traffic. I wish we had gotten to visit Burano though!
Hopefully next time.... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a little story about one of the Venetian islands... I seem to remember that it was Torcello, but I could be wrong, it was after all 46 years ago!

We were visiting with a guide from the local tour company as we were stayong in Lido di Jessolo (there were only 23 hotels there then!!!!!).
But back to the guide - he took us into this small church, I think it was called the church of Santa Fosca, and showed us a waist high partition which was made of a thin 'slice' of marble. He then went behind the partition and lit his cigarette lighter - and as he moved it behind the partition we could actually see the flame. The wonder of this was how could marble be 'sliced' so thinly so long ago. It was really incredible.

Then we went, of course, to St. Marks Square. So very impressive. But one thing in particular that remains in my memory is that of the Pala D'Oro that can be found behind the altar of the Basilica.

The Pala D'Oro is perhaps the single most important work in St. Mark's , the gold and enamel altar screen, which was constructed in Constantinople and Venice over the course of four centuries. It was begun by Greek artists in Constantinople at the commission of Doge Pietro Orseolo in 976; enriched with new enamels by order of Doge Ordelafo Falier (1105); enhanced again in 1209 by Doge Pietro Ziani, who assembled the most precious enamels and goldwork after the Fourth Crusade; and given its present shape by Doge Andrea Dandolo, 1345.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Carole--thanks for those photos of the Pala D'Oro alter screen. I remeeber seeing it and was absolutely amazed by it's beauty and workmanship. Thanks for includung the close-up..

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