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La Serenissima - the "Most Serene" Republic


Venice is like nothing you know. Its romantic flavor and enchanting atmosphere make it the dream honeymoon destination of many. Where you'd expect asphalt, there is water. Cars have been replaced by boats and gondolas. Cobblestoned alleys are connected by more than 400 bridges of all sizes and shapes. This watery metropolis is truly a "floating city".

Who would believe today that this magnificent city originated from a refugee camp? However, the muddy islands soon came to be the scene of a spectacular success story. As early as 700 BCE Venice started its ascendance to become a major trading and maritime power, ruled by the city's very own merchants and aristocrats. It was the first international center of finance and maintained its dominating role for centuries during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance era. So it is probably no coincidence that Al-Bunduqiya is the Arabic term for both Venice and "rifle".

It was from Venice that Marco Polo started his travels to China. Giacomo Casanova made his distinctive name in the city. Composer Antonio Vivaldi was born here, and it were exceptional artists like him that developed characteristic compositions and made Venice the "Republic of Music".

All through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Baroque eras, Venice was a vibrant and influential center for art. Its architecture reverberates with its former role with Venetian Gothic combining the influences of historical trading partners from Islamic Spain to Constantinople. Bridge of Sighs, Canale Grande, Rialto Bridge, a Gondola Ride: Today, many sights and specialties are trademarks and are known all around the world.

Venice has retained its artistic and cultural richness with its famous Carnival, the Biennale and the Film Festival being only the tip of all the events and occasions.