is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world today.
The city's medieval past is still very much part of Venice's
culture, where the heart of the town was the market place, around
which cathedrals, inns and shops were located. In tune with this,
the city comes alive with festivals, religious and civic activities
celebrated throughout the year. Minstrels, acrobats, magicians and
fortune-tellers can be found performing at fairs alongside local
craftsmen and merchants who are peddling their handicrafts.
Today, Venice has managed to keep this culture
alive. Various leisure activities are available for the millions
of tourists who visit, ready to walk on foot or travel through the
canals of the city. Discover master workmanship of ironsmiths, woodcarvers
and glassmakers while taking in the landscapes of Cavallino. Cap
the walking tour with a visit to the grand architectural monument,
St. Mark's Basilica, and go up to the belltower to get a bird's
view of the city. See Venice from the water by renting a boat while
on your way to viewing Museo Correr's periodic pieces or Collezione
Peggy Guggenheim's contemporary art.
Listen to ancient music concert from an aristocratic
Venetian residence, or watch the Festival of Contemporary Dance.
To welcome spring, attend The Carnival in February and be a part
of ancient tradition where elaborate gowns and masks are worn. In
September troop to Lido Beach for the Venice Film Festival and swim
in the sight of international filmmakers and actors. Play with the
kids in the open squares and alleys of Venice, away from the dangers
of cars, in the summer.
Whether you are watching Venetians buying
fruit or vegetables at the Rialto market, having their refreshing
spritz from a local bar, or taking a sunset gondola ride, there
are so many ways to visit Venice and be enthralled.