Venice is world-famous for its canals, its buildings and its romantic atmosphere. It is built on an archipelago of 118 islands formed by about 150 canals in a shallow lagoon. The islands on which the city is built are connected by about 400 bridges. In the old centre, the canals serve the function of roads, and every form of transport is on water or on foot. The villas of the Veneto, rural residences for nobles during the Republic, are one of the most interesting aspects of Venetian countryside. They are surrounded by elegant gardens, suitable for fashionable parties of high society. Most of these villas were designed by Palladio and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to the architects, water around the villas was a very important architectural element because it added more brilliance to the façade
Other Activities: Cinemas, Theatres, Pub, Discos, Museums, Venice, Fish Restaurants
Golf: The Golf Club Venezia is located in the area Alberoni of Lido di Venezia, close to the beach and buses which take you to the ferries for St Mark's Square.
Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world, due to the city being one of the world's greatest and most beautiful cities of art. The city has an average of 50,000 tourists a day. In 2006, it was the world's 28th most internationally visited city, with 2.927 million international arrivals that year.
Venetian cuisine is obviously characterized by seafood, but also includes garden products from the islands of the lagoon, rice from the mainland, game, and polenta. Venice combines local traditions with influences that are distant from millennial business contacts. These include 'sarde in saor', sardines marinated in order to preserve them for long voyages; 'risi e bisi', rice and peas; 'fegato alla veneziana', Venetian-style liver; risotto with cuttlefish, blackened from the ink; 'cicchetti', refined and delicious tidbits (akin to tapas); antipasti, appetizers; and prosecco, an effervescent, mildly sweet wine. In addition, Venice is famous for 'bisàto' (marinated eel), for the golden, oval-shaped cookies called baicoli, and for different types of sweets such as: 'pan del pescatore' (bread of the fisherman); cookies with almonds and pistachio nuts; cookies with fried Venetian cream or the 'bussolai' (butter biscuits and shortbread made in the shape of an 'S' or ring) from the island of Burano; the 'crostoli' also known as the chatter, lies, or 'galani'; the 'fregolotta' (a crumbly cake with almonds); milk pudding called rosada; and cookies of yellow semolina called 'zaléti'.
Tourism has been a major sector of Venetian industry since the 18th century, when it was a major centre for the grand tour, due to its beautiful cityscape, uniqueness and rich musical and artistic cultural heritage. In the 19th century, it became a fashionable centre for the rich and famous, often staying or dining at luxury establishments such as the Danieli Hotel and the Caffè Florian. It continued being a fashionable city in vogue right into the early 20th century. In the 1980s, the Carnival of Venice was revived and the city has become a major centre of international conferences and festivals, such as the prestigious Venice Biennale and the Venice Film Festival, which attract visitors from all over the world for their theatrical, cultural, cinematic, artistic and musical productions.
Venice is famous for its ornate glass-work of Murano island, known as Venetian glass. It is world-renowned for being colourful, elaborate, and skilfully made.
Today there are numerous attractions in Venice, such as St Mark's Basilica, the Grand Canal, and the Piazza San Marco, to name a few. The Lido di Venezia is also a popular international luxury destination, attracting thousands of actors, critics, celebrities and mainly people in the cinema.