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Venice is located in the northeastern part of Italy, in the province of Veneto. Venice belongs to a group of numerous tiny islands, all connected with canals and bridges. Venetian Lagoon and Venice are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Venice is popular as one of the most romantic cities in the world, known for its distinct Gothic architecture and art. There are lots of nice attractions you can see in Venice and most notable are the Grand Canal, St.Mark`s Basilica and Piazza San Marco.
Venice has subtropical climate. Summers are warm, with July being the hottest month with average daily temperatures around 23 C. January is the coldest month with average temperatures of 3 C, while June is the month that receives most rainfall.
Venice is a very elegant, romantic and entertaining city. There are lots of nice bridges, old churches, charming piazzas and historic buildings. In the heart of the city you will find the popular Piazza San Marco. This elegant square is surrounded by plenty of beautiful buildings such as the Palazzo Ducale with its colorful mosaics, Torre dell'Orologio or the clock tower, and the Bell tower of St. Mark. Near the square is the very attractive Saint Mark's Basilica with many great features inside. Venice also has many outdoor museums which you can tour by taking gondola rides on the Grand Canal.
Venice is also well known for its Venetian glass. It is a very special glass, colorful and elegant, made by skilful artists. This glass has been made ever since the 13th century, and the close island of Murano is the center of glass industry. There is one great Glass Museum there well worth a visit. Besides Murano, island of Burano is another attractive island nearby where you can visit the Lace Museum. Burano is a very picturesque place where you will see houses painted in many different colors. Those seeking glamour and elegance should definitely visit Lido di Venezia. This island is very attractive and luxurious holiday destination for actors, directors and other celebrities.
There are lots of events, performances, festivals and celebrations going on in Venice throughout the year. The most popular of all is the Venice Carnival held on Piazza San Marco. The Carnival lasts for two weeks in February and the city becomes a big stage where performers, artists and masks are entertaining the visitors of this great show. Venice Biennale is a great event held every other year when you can see some amazing art works. Festa del Redentore is another nice festival held in July when you can see fireworks and interesting performances. One of the most attractive festivals is the world-famous Venice Film Festival which is held at the end of August or at the beginning of September. Lots of celebrities and movie stars come to Venice and attract lots of tourists during the time of the festival. Regata `Storica is another popular event held in the first week of September, when hundreds of Venetian boats and replicas from medieval ships flow on the Grand Canal accompanied by numerous smaller boats.
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