History and Culture
Today’s Venice started evolving in the later period of ancient history in the form of scattered settlements on the islands of the developing lagoon. In art-historic terms, Venice was of great importance in the Renaissance and Baroque era: it was the “counterpoint” to Florence and home to many artists. Venice is overabundant in monasteries and parish churches from the Romanesque to the Baroque era. Probably the most famous of Venice’s sights is the St. Mark’s Basilica in the square of the same name, the Piazza San Marco. Venice is a port town in the northeast of Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Venice and a wellknown and popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Venice’s municipal area is distributed across a total of 118 islands. The city can be explored on foot or by boat on the approximately 150 canals. The residents of Venice are extremely hospitable and have been experts in the tourism industry for many decades. The cordial attitude of the residents is reflected by the many lovingly decorated cafés and restaurants.
Food and Drink
The Venetian cuisine remains among the best in the world due to its fi ne recipes rich in tradition. With the help of various freshlycaught sea creatures and the treasures from the vegetable islands and the fields on the mainland, chefs whip up culinary masterpieces. The Venetian cuisine offers specialities second to none, from dozens of pasta variations, creatively prepared frutti di mare seafood, meat dishes, to delicious deserts for those with a sweet tooth.