Venice in a nutshell


The city on the lagoon, built almost entirely on water, attracts mainly thanks to its hundreds of water canals replacing normal streets, romantic narrow pedestrian streets, bridges, monumental churches, palaces and, of course, the iconic gondolas - traditional boats that Venice could not do without.

Today, Venice is reached by road and rail and the influx of tourists is often enormous. Rest assured, however, that even in Venice's small size, you'll always find a corner where you'll be completely alone. Whether it be in the winding streets and canals of the centre, on the beaches of the Lido di Venezia, or on the smaller islands scattered around the Venetian lagoon and connected to the centre by boat lines.

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Venice, though perhaps sometimes over-hyped, deserves at least one visit in a lifetime. If you know how to do it, you'll always find your favourite place.

From 2024, there is a charge to enter the city. For detailed information about the entrance fee to Venice, see the entry fee chapter.

Population Country Name Italian / English Time zone
257 000
(60,000 in the historic centre)

Venezia / Venice

UTC +1

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