Venice, the city married to the sea, has yearly marriage festivals conducted by the whole city population albeit a traditional function. The city sprawls over 118 islands in the 6 districts of San Polo, Dorsodurp, San Marco, Santa Croce and Cannaregio. These islands are where Venice’s monuments and attractions make their homes. The Isola Della Giudecca, Lido di Venezia, Murano, San Francesco del Deserto, Burano and Murano are also important islands that make up this venerable city. The Lido di Venezia hosts the annual Venetian Film festival while Murano is home to talented glasswork.
Venice, also Queen of the Adriatic Sea floats on a lagoon and has remained basically unchanged for the past 600 years. Venice is better explored one district after the other. However, there are many sites in the city including the city’s own crown the Basilica di San Marco. The structure depicts both Byzantine and Romanesque styles, it has a touch of ancient opulence and is layered with a Greek layout and with its five domes it serves as Venice’s cathedral. Rising over the Piazzetta San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale is a part of the products of the Gothic-Renaissance movement, it is wrought in pink and snow marble. Its structure depicts wealth and power as relates to the Venetian atmosphere during its period of glory. The Palazzio has quite interesting stories surrounding its existence since it was built. There was the imprisonment of Giacomo Casanova a lover who was immortalized in Venetian lore after serving in the confines of the palace for 15 months.
Dorsoduro houses the Ca’ Rezzonico which is home to the magnificent Museo de Settecento Veneziano which opens a window into the 18th century Venice, quite a fascinating place of exhibition with interesting showcases of the city’s history. The place was once owned by Robert Browning, the poet and has quite evocative components of the Venetian life.
Gallerie dell’Accademia, another museum in the Dorsoduro district is quite the site to tour. It has an extraordinary Venetian art collection who’s timeline runs through the Byzantine and Gothic 14th century including the Renaissance artists: Carpaccio, Giorgione, Veronese, Bellini and also masters from the 18th century including Guardia, Belloto, Longi, Canaletto who influenced the field of European painting in a major way.
The 18th century church, Gesuiti is an extravagant baroque edifice and has some exquisite interior walls. Its inlaid marble is fashioned to resemble brocade drapery.