|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." (quotation UNESCO)
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 the city.
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.