Travel & Tourism Tips
The distinct architecture of centuries gone by characterize the skyline of Venice, with historic palaces and buildings alongside winding alleys and the famous network of canals.
Tourists flock to the city and this is most felt in the crowds of the popular piazzas and streets. For a more intimate Venetian experience, try exploring the picturesque back streets and residential quarters of the city, with its romantic atmosphere and old world charm.
Venice is situated among a group of islands in the Venetian lagoon at the northern edge of the Adriatic Sea. This ideal location was leveraged by the city to gain a significant economic and military advantage over its trading rivals, allowing Venice to develop and flourish during its peak.
The historic centre is composed of six quarters (sestieri), namely San Marco, San Polo, Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, Castello and Cannaregio. The Grand Canal is the main thoroughfare of Venice, intersecting each quarter from San Marco to the railway station. Motorboat buses (vaporetti) offer a way to travel the waterways, a modern alternative to the more romantic (but more expensive) gondolas.
Outside of the six quarters, the islands of Burano, Torcello and Murano also belong to the city. Burano is known for its lace-making, while Torcello is the site of the Byzantine Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta. Murano is most famous for its glass-making. Each of these islands can be reached by boat.