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Basilica of San Marco
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-Venice has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Bridges", and "The City of Light".
- Venice stretches across 118 small 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 center, the canals serve the function of roads, and every form of transport is on water or on foot.
-Venice is Europe's largest urban car free area, unique in Europe in remaining a sizable functioning city in the 21st century entirely without motorcars or trucks.
- Veniced is divided into Sestrieri, districts estabilished by Napoleon.
- Piazza San Marco is the only urban space called a piazza (square) in Venice; the others, regardless of size, are called campi.
S.Mark's square

- the streets are called calli (usually in italian is via)
- The canals are called rio (for exception of Canal Grande and Canale della Giudecca)
- There are just 4 bridges over the Canal Grande (Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte di Rialto, Ponte dell'Accademia and the brand-new Ponte della Costituzione)
- The Piazza San Marco is the lowest point in Venice, and as a result during the Acqua Alta (the "high water") from storm surges from the Adriatic, or even heavy rain, it is the first to flood.
- The Piazza has also served as inspiration for other public areas. Minori Yamasaki used the site as a basis for the 5-acre (20,000 m2) Austin J. Tobin Plaza that was located at the World Trade Center in New York City until September 11th 2001.
- Caffè Florian is a coffee house situated in Piazza San Marco.
a canal
It was established in 1720, and is a contender for the title of the oldest coffee house in continuous operation (Antico Caffè Greco in Rome was established in 1760)
- St. Mark's Basilica was, originally, a private chapel of the dogi (members of the great council duringlate thirteenth century).
- The St. Mark campanile was, originally, a lighthouse and than a prison to pillory or torture in pubbic.
- The St. Mark campanile has 5 bells; each one had a special purpose. The Renghiera (or the Maleficio) announced executions; the Mezza Terza proclaimed a session of the Senate; the Nona sounded midday; the Trottiera called the members of the Maggior Consiglio to council meetings and the Marangona, the biggest, rang to mark the beginning and ending of working day.
--As it stands today, however, the St. Mark tower is a reconstruction, completed in 1912 after the collapse of 1902. In July 1902, the north wall of the tower began to show signs of a dangerous crack that in the following days continued to grow. Finally, on Monday, July 14th, around 9:45am, the campanile collapsed completely, also demolishing the logetta. Remarkably, no one was killed, except for the caretaker's cat. The same evening, the communal council approved the reconstruction of the campanile. It was decided to rebuild the tower exactly as it was, with some internal reinforcement to prevent future collapse.
- The Ponte dei Sospiri (The Bridge of Sighs) connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge name, given by Lorn Byron in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice out the window before being taken down to their cells.
- A local legend says that lovers will be assured eternal love if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Ponte dei Sospiri.
-In the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker, Bond battles a bad guy in Venice and ends up throwing him through the glass face of the famous St. Mark's clock and down into a piano in St Mark's square below, disrupting an opera performance.
- The skills of the craftsmen are showed by the gondolas built which shapes and colour (black) are estabilished by a real law (Leggi Suntuarie) of the 1562
- There is a bridge called Ponte de le Tette. It takes its name ("Bridge of the Tits") from the surrounding area, which was home to numerous prostitutes. Courtesans were encouraged to stand topless on this bridge to entice and convert suspected homosexuals, a 'cure' funded by Venetian officials
- Venetian Carnival was outlawed by the fascist government in the 1930s. It was not until a modern mask shop was founded in the 1980s that Carnival enjoyed a revival
- Several European cities have been compared to Venice: The Bretoncity Nantes has been called The Venice of the West, while the title The Venice of The North has been variously applied to Amsterdam, Birmingham, Bornholm, Bruges, Haapsalu, Maryhill, Saint Petersburg and Stockholm
- Venezuela means "little Venice"

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Basilica of San Marco
Basilica of San Marco
S.Marks square
S.Mark's square
a canal
a canal
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