Venedik - Venice

03/22/2010 14:52:12


City of Venice

Venice is a dream thatshineson the waters, a city of painted palaces andserenechurches. This uniqueurbanmasterpiecehas canals instead of streets, boats instead of buses, andornatebridges instead ofsubways. A trip to Veniceprovidesan unforgettableglimpseof life.

Venice is thecapitalof region Veneto, andpossessesapopulationof 271,663 (censuscalculated January 1, 2004). The city is contained with Padua (Padova) in the Padua-Venice Metropolitan Area. Venice's nicknamescomprehendQueen of the Adriatic, City of Water, City of Bridges, and The City of Light. It is also the seat of Education in Europe.

The first villages on the Venice Lagoon islands date back to the 5th and 6th centuries, when theinhabitantsfrom themainlandcame to this semi-swamparea to escape thebarbaricattacks that followed thefallof the Roman Empire. The populations coming from mainland Venice settled in thelagoon, fighting as hard as they could to survive: little by little this group of pieces of land surrounded by water took on thesemblanceof a real town, a town that was souniqueand special that it would become the only one of its kind in the world. The new inhabitants built severalraftsof various sizes, supported by strong woodenpolesthat were fixed to theunderside. The rafts were connected to each other with wooden walkways and houses, buildings andmonumentswere then built on them.

Venice is built on 117 small islands, and holds one hundred and fifty canals, linked by an amazing four hundred and nine bridges, of which only three cross the main canal. The area it covers is amere458 kilometres. Although the cityappearssmall, it is really large. While most tour guides don'trecommendgetting lost in the majority of cities, Venice is the place to get hopelessly lost for a day; it is certainly more advisable than getting lost in a shopping centre and hiding out in any foods section. However, Venice isn't all cities and crowded streets: through the mysteriousalleywaysleading off from the city, endlessmazesof backstreets anddesertedsquares, you'll find the 'real' Venice, and it's a perfect place to walk for hours on end, pretending to know where you are.

The Grand Canaldelimitsthe six main central neighbourhoods (sestieri). The heart of the city is San Marco,cradledby the great lower bend of the Grand Canal, the Venice of tourist brochure legend. Much of don't-miss Venice is here, but if you want to get away from the tourist crowds head for the backwaters and boatyards of the quieterdistricts. To the east is Castello, hard-working, lived-in and traffic- free; to the south, bohemian-chic Dorsoduro iscrammedwith artistictreasures; to the north, peaceful Cannaregio's off-the-beaten-track churches are adelight; and, in the eye of the lagoon, Santa Croce and San Polo are full ofmonumentsand ideal places forwandering.


Vocabulary Exercise

I prefer using ..... in the Istanbul because there is so much traffic.
  • submarine
  • plane
  • subway
We got lost in that huge ..... of bushes in his garden.
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  • maze
  • lake
Come on! Jump on the ..... ! Water is rising.
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Do you know that ..... is a geographical term?
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  • lagoon
  • cell
It is estimated that Istanbul has got a twelve million ..... .
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  • inhabitants

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