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Best places to visit in Venice, Italy

Venice is known as the Queen of the Adriatic. In the middle ages Venice was a repulic lead by Doges. Doges of Venice were elected for life by the city-state's aristocracy. Doge (or Duke) was the most senior elected official in Venice and Genoa. Venice was a major trade merchant between West and East. Venice and Genoa were in a constant trade competition. Venice was run by the aristocrats that were in charge of the foreigh policy. In contrast Genoa was constantly divided by internal conflicts. After many conflicts Venice finally prevailed at Chioggia in 1380.

Venice is famous for its architecture. The buildings are constructed on a foundation of wooden piles. The city is made up of many small islands (about 118) and is often flooded by rising sea waters. As a result boats called gondola are a traditional way of transporation.

Venice is world renowned for its traditional glassmaking. The glass objects made in Venice are known as Venetian glass. It's colorful, elaborate, and skillfully hand made. You can see glassmakers' traditional furnaces still working in islands of Murano and Burano.

Venice is notable for its cultural life. Nowadays it's most popular for its Venetian Mask Carnival. And also for the oldest film festival now part of Venice Biennale.