|Venice was the starting point of our
cruise in the Mediterranean on
board of the Costa Atlantica. Aside from the exciting sightseeing
experience we enjoyed spectacular views of this grandiose city from
the uppermost deck of our ship .
The exceptional charm of
the city has captivated people from around the world since more
tahn 1500 years.
"Founded in the 5th
century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major
maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary
architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains
works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione,
Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others."
Venice is one of the most charming cities
in Italy. Its numerous islands are connected by more than 400 bridges
spanning about 160 canals. Not counting the industrial district
of Mestre on the mainland, Venice has approximately 69.000 inhabitants.
Instead of cars
and trams, rowing boats, waterbuses and the romantic gondolas are
used for transportation. Approximately 1.5 million visitors yearly
sail on the Grand Canal (Canale Grande), the major waterway of Venice
with the famous Rialto Bridge and visit
St. Mark's Square (Piazza
S. Marco) with its countless pigeons. Here, in the very heart of
Venice, you'll find the most important and magnificent sights of
Most enchanting however is a ride in a
gondola or boat through the labyrinth of the canals. Don't miss
this delightful experience. Enjoy the true spirit of this unique
city and have it charm you.
Of course the famous Venetian Carnival is omnipresent. Everywhere
shops and street vendors offer the mysterious, charming masks in
a great variety of colours,
sizes and designs.