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Venice is a city that captures the imagination like few others.  There are around 150 canals that criss cross through the city and no cars.  Taking a ride along the Grand Canal gives you a great view of this Renaissance city in Italy.
 
The Piazza San Marco is one of the focal points in town.  Aside from being a grand plaza, St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace are located here, and are reminders of the grandeur of Venice.   The Galleria dell'Accademia is a great place to see Venetian/Italian paintings, and you can find fine works with glass at Murano.  
 
For all its interest to tourists, it must be said that Venice is not an easy place to live in.  The city is dominated by tourism, driving prices up (both housing and food), and forcing locals to live in nearby cities.  The city is losing population year after year, and is also threatened by floods, which often swamp Piazza San Marco and other low lying areas of the city.
 
That being said, it is a very interesting place to visit, especially if you go at somewhat less busy times, or duck into the side streets away from the main tourist paths. 
 
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Dont travel with a group in venice!!! - after you diembarked from your opereta boat, go alone and dont stick with the group. the group tours show san marco and realto- and stick 3 hours to unesseary explanations. venice is small and easy to get around- go always by foot and alone- so you will reach all the shops. by the way- there is a small market on the beach right after san marco
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A map is pretty much useless in Venice as not much is labeled. Instead, use the arrow signs that point you towards major sites to navigate.
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Will go back again just for the ice-creams, the Gondolas are a rip off so beware, or do a deal first. The shops & streets are fasinating , as is the history of the buildings. Avoid drinking in St Marks square the'll charge you 2 arms & 2 legs for a coke, find an ice-cream booth they sell cold drinks & also  keep loose change for the loo's. The night life is romantic and there's live music & twinkling lights  in St Marks square, try and go in the local August holidays it's busy but worth it, Even thunder storm;s are romantic at night.    
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