Venice

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Venice
Italy
45° 26' 15" N, 12° 20' 8.9988" E
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General info: 

Venice is one of the most interesting and lovely cities in the world. This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has decayed since its heyday and is heavily touristed (there are slightly more tourists than residents), but the romantic charm remains.

Venice may not seem huge but it is. It is made of different boroughs. The most famous is the area comprising the 118 islands in the main districts that are called private://Sestieriprivate:// and they are: Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce and San Marco, where the main monuments and sights are located.

Places to see in Venice:
Doge's Palace (San Marco Square)
Bell tower of St. Mark The current tower dates from 1912; an exact replica of the previous tower which collapsed in 1902. €8
Clock tower (Torre dell'Orologio), (San Marco Square) — Having been closed for restoration for many years, the restored astronomical clock is now visible.
Scuola grande di San Rocco — A masterpiece of Tintoretto, this guild house is an exquisite example of Manierist art in its best.
Jewish Ghetto of Venice. Venice's ghetto was the first private://ghettoprivate:// (coming from a Venetian word for the Iron Foundry that was on the site previously) and private://ghettoprivate:// eventually came to mean any neighborhood that was made up of a single ethnic/racial group.
The Rialto market and the Rialto Bridge The Rialto market is for shoppers. To the east is a neighborhood of small shops and restaurants; to the west is the Rialto farmers' market.
Zattere. It's a long and sunny walk along the Giudecca canal.

Getting there: 

AIR
The closest commercial airport is Marco Polo Airport. There is a city bus and a shuttle bus from Marco Polo to Piazzale Roma.
Treviso Airport, located 25 km (16 mi) from Venice, is relatively small but becoming increasingly busy as the main destination for Ryanair, Wizzair, and Transavia budget flights. From Treviso Airport to Venice and Mestre, Barzi Bus Service offers a &€13 round-trip ticket price to Venice. These tickets are also available on their bus.
TRAIN
Trains from the mainland run through Mestre to the Venezia Santa Lucia train station on the west side of Venice; make sure you don't get confused with Venezia Mestre which is the last stop on the mainland.
CAR
Cars arrive on the far western edge of Venice, but remain parked at the entrance to the city (Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto - Europe's largest car park.) There are no roads past this point -- and never were, even before cars. Car parking is very very expensive here (26 €/12h, 30 €/24h) and the tailbacks can be quite large. An alternative is to use the car parks on the mainland (terra ferma) and catch a train or bus or vaporetto into Venice. Park near the Mestre railway station, and catch a train to Venezia St.Lucia.
BOAT
Ships arrive at the Stazione Marittima which is at the west end of the main islands, it is served by vaporetti and water taxis.

Interesting places nearby

The greatest landmark of Rome, Colosseum, stands in the center of the city, defying the earthquakes, fires and thieves that tried to desecrate its structure.

Palatino is one of the 7 hills of Rome and is considered to be the part where the original Rome was founded.

Contrary to popular belief, the St. Peter’s Basilica isn’t the mother church of the Catholic Church nor is it the residence of the bishop of Rome. However, this building is probably the most famous church in the world.

Vatican Museums are a part of Pope’s official residence, the Papal Palace. With more than 1,400 rooms, the Vatican Museums are one of the most important cultural institutions in the world.

On over 80 hectares in the heart of Rome stretches an English-type garden, named the Villa Borghese. It was made in 17th century, when Cardinal Scipione Borghese decided to turn his vineyard into a large landscape garden.

Pantheon is one of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings. It was completed around 14AD and has been in continuous use ever since which is probably why it is still in a very good shape.