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Venice! One of the Most Fascinating Cities In The World!

Updated on March 22, 2015
A gondola in Venice, Italy
A gondola in Venice, Italy | Source

Venice, Italy!

I've always held a special fascination for Venice, Italy. With it's gondolas and streets of water, carnival masks and beautiful and amazing architecture, Venice has long mesmerized and enchanted me. In June of 2008, my family had the adventure of a lifetime: a trip to Europe. Included in that trip, was a visit to Venice.

Come along, and I'll tell you about our trip to Venice. Along the way, I'll share information about Venice as well as some of the photographs we took there.

I hope you enjoy this virtual journey to Venice: one of the most fascinating cities in the world!

A City Built On Water

Venice, Italy: A City Built On Water!

The Ponte di Calatrava bridge
The Ponte di Calatrava bridge | Source

A City On Water

Venice is a city built on water! Venice has:

  • 416 bridges
  • 200 canals
  • 118 islands

The Grand Canal - An S shaped canal that snakes through Venice

The Grand Canal in Venice
The Grand Canal in Venice | Source

The Grand Canal and How Venice is Divided

Speaking of the Grand Canal, what is it, exactly? Well, it's a large canal that snakes through Venice, dividing it into two. Venetians call it the Canalazzo.

Venice is actually divided into six sections or districts: Castello, San Marco, Cannaregio, Dorosduro, San Polo, and Santa Croce. Each section is called a sestiere. Three of these sestieri (plural for sestiere) are located above one side of the giant S shaped canal, and the other three are below it.

If we are going to say that Italy is in the shape of a boot, we have to also admit that Venice is in the shape of a fish. The Grand Canal winds only through the head of the fish.

There are four bridges crossing the Grand Canal.

1. The Ponte dell' Academia was originally built in the 1800's out of iron, and later rebuilt in wood. It's located a little behind where the mouth of the fish would be.

The Ponte di Rialto

The Ponte di Rialto
The Ponte di Rialto | Source

2. The Ponte di Rialto, the oldest bridge crossing the Grand Canal, on the other hand was originally built out of wood and then rebuilt out of stone in the late 1500's! This bridge is located near the back of the fish's head.

3. The Ponte degli Scalzi is located about where the eye of the fish would be. Scalzi means barefoot in Italian. This bridge gets it's name from a nearby church (The Church of the Scalzi) which was built by friars who wore sandals with no socks even in the winter!

4. The Ponte di Calatrava connects Venice with the train station. It's the most recent bridge to be built over the Grand Canal. You can see a picture of it in the section above entitled, "Venice: A City Built On Water."

Gondalas and Gondaliers - Some photos we took on our vacation to Venice.

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A narrow canal in Venice
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A narrow canal in Venice
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It may be built on water, but there are some streets too.

Cars no. Streets yes.

A street in Venice
A street in Venice | Source

Life In Venice

Having no cars does change things a bit!

There are no cars, no trucks, no motorcycles, and basically no bikes. What would life be like if you had to walk most places?

In the part of the US where I live, most people drive their cars to the store or to work. If we pass someone in a car that we know, we might beep the horn and wave, but then we have to move on or risk irritating the traffic behind us! But in Venice, there are no cars to get in the way. Venetians walking home with a loaf of bread or a small cart of groceries often come face to face with the people they know. It's much easier for them to stop and chat a few minutes, rather than driving on past with just a quick wave as a greeting!

I won't say Venice is alone in this friendly and relaxed way of life though! Many small villages all over Europe have outdoor markets that spring up in the morning and then are gone by lunch. Cars aren't usually allowed in these areas, which means that once again everyone walks, often taking time to stop and chat with those they know.

There are no huge malls or superstores in Venice either. Don't expect to find a Walmart or Target there!

Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square)

Piazza San Marco

The Piazzo San Marco is a large paved area located near the mouth of the Grand Canal. The Piazzo San Marco is also sometimes called St. Mark's Square.

The Bell Tower of St Mark's Basilica in St. Mark's Square

Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco | Source
Pigeons everywhere!
Pigeons everywhere! | Source



During our trip to Venice, there were pigeons EVERYWHERE in the Piazza San Marco! Don't believe me? Check out the photo below!

St. Mark's Square

Look at all the birds in St Mark's Square!
Look at all the birds in St Mark's Square! | Source

The Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) is surrounded by many buildings, including the Basilica di San Marco (a church).

Basilica-di-San-Marco

Basilica-di-San-Marco
Basilica-di-San-Marco | Source

Winged Lions, Open or Closed Books, St. Mark, and the First Digital Clock

Winged Lions - The Symbol of Venice

St. Mark and a Winged Lion
St. Mark and a Winged Lion | Source
St, Mark Listening to a Winged Lion
St, Mark Listening to a Winged Lion | Source

Symbols: Winged Lions and Books

Winged Lions are the symbol of Venice and represent St. Mark the Evangelist. Although St. Theodore was originally the patron saint of Venice, St. Mark was later chosen by the people of Venice as a protector for their city.

Many of the winged Lions have a book beside them. The book carries symbolism as well. If the book in the lion's front paws is open, peace reigned over Venice at the time that lion statue was made. If, on the other hand, the book was closed, that means Venice was at war then.

Children often love to make a game out of searching for the winged lions!

How many lions can you find on this page?

How many statues of winged lions can you find?

Winged lions can be found all over Venice. Quite a number of them exist in the Piazzo San Marco. St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice, can be found with the lion. This is, of course, the same St. Mark that Piazzo San Marco (St. Mark's Square) and the Basilica-di-San-Marco are named after.

World's First Digital Clock

In the photo below, you can see a winged lion on St. Mark's Clock Tower. Below the lion is the "World's First Digital Clock." This 24 hour clock also provides the current lunar phase and zodiac sign.

Torre dell'Orologio - St. Mark's Clock Tower

Another Winged Lion...and the world's first digital clock
Another Winged Lion...and the world's first digital clock | Source

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Hotels in Venice

Where we stayed

Hilton Hotel - where we stayed
Hilton Hotel - where we stayed | Source

The Hilton Molino Stucky

We stayed at a Hilton Hotel in Venice: The Hilton Molino Stucky. You can see it across the water in the photo above. The shuttle bus that carried us back and forth from the small island where our hotel was to the main part of Venice can be seen in the foreground.

See the tiny arched bridge that crosses a small canal right before the hotel? As we were coming down those steps, a couple of us even bumping our suitcases down the stairs - as gently as we could mind you, a bellboy from the hotel came out to meet us and help us with our bags. Believe me, this was greatly appreciated, as Venice was one of our very last stops during a three week trip to Europe, and we were getting pretty tired of lugging those suitcases around by then! Even though much (but not all) of our luggage had wheels, there are tons and tons of steps to go up and down for those who ride the Eurail around Europe and carrying suitcases up and down all those steps can get old in a hurry!

The View From Our Hotel Room

The View from our Hotel Room
The View from our Hotel Room | Source

The view from the Hilton Molino Stucky

Above you can see the view from our hotel across the water to the main part of Venice.

On top of our hotel, right on the roof, was a swimming pool. The walls above the roof (that surrounded the pool) were clear, so as we swam we could look out on Venice. It felt so amazing to be there, swimming in the water, while looking out at Venice!

Rick Steve's Travel Books

Our family used several of Rick Steve's travel books and DVD's while making our plans for Europe. RIck Steve's gives lots of tips on not only the best places to stay, eat, and visit, but also the best times of day to visit certain locations as well as a variety of other tips too!

Once in Europe, we found that Rick Steve's was highly accurate in all the tips he gave! Since our trip, we've been highly recommending Rick Steve's guides to all our Europe-going friends.



Carnival

Carnival In Venice

Carnival Mask
Carnival Mask | Source

A Brief History Of Carnival in Venice

Carnival used to last for almost six months out of every year! A big part of Carnival was wearing masks and disguises which allowed the Venetians a chance to interact with others of every social class without being identified. Large stages were set up in Piazza San Marco and other places around Venice, and entertainment abounded, from balls to parties, theater shows to carnival games, fireworks to mimes, acrobats, jugglers, and musicians!

But that came to the end in the late 1700's by the rule of Napoleon.

In 1979, Carnival was brought back to Venice. Instead of almost six months, it now lasts about 11 or 12 days, taking place during February and sometimes the beginning of March. But entertainment, along with costumes and masks, is still the emphasis!

Carnival Masks and Costumes

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A Jester Mask for CarnivalA red and gold carnival costumeAn elaborate carnival maskClowns  during Carnival
A Jester Mask for Carnival
A Jester Mask for Carnival | Source
A red and gold carnival costume
A red and gold carnival costume | Source
An elaborate carnival mask
An elaborate carnival mask | Source
Clowns  during Carnival
Clowns during Carnival | Source

Outdoor Shops In Venice

There were lots of stands around selling everything from Venetian gondolier shirts, to miniature carnival masks, to teddy bears wearing gondolier shirts, to decorated bags sporting images of Venice, even marionette puppets.

Carnival Masks for Sale in Venice

A stand selling Carnival Masks
A stand selling Carnival Masks | Source

I bought very little in Europe (feeling we were spending enough just on food and trains and hotels!), but we did buy a few souvenirs of Venice, since we all loved Venice so dearly! You can see some of what we bought farther down this page, but for now I'll tell you that one thing both of my kids purchased was a white carnival mask, which they later painted once we were home.

Here are a few Venitian masks I found on Amazon.

Things to See and Do

The best things to see and do in Venice

Rick Steve's DVD

Rick Steves' Italy's Cities DVD
Rick Steves' Italy's Cities DVD

As mentioned above, we're big fans of Rick Steve's travel guides, both in book form and in DVD. This RIck Steve's DVD, "Italy's Cities," includes episodes on things to see and do in Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples, and Pompeii. There are a total of 7 half hour shows on this DVD. If you're like us, you will want to watch his travel DVD's both before and after your trip! It was 2008 when we went to Europe, and how much we enjoy watching DVD's of the places we went, seeing the sights again, and reliving those wonderful memories!

 

Map of Venice

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A markerGrand Canal, Venice -
Grand Canal, 30124 Venice, Italy
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B markerPonte Di Rialto -
Rialto Bridge, Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venice, Italy
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C markerPonte deli Accademia -
Ponte dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy
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D markerPonte degli Scaliz -
Ponte degli Scalzi, Venice, Italy
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E markerPiazzo San Marco -
St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venice, Italy
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F markerDoge’s Palace -
Doge's Palace, San Marco, 1, 30124 Venice, Italy
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G markerPonte di Calatrava -
Constitution Bridge, Ponte della Costituzione, 30100 Venice, Italy
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H markerBasilica-di-San-Marco -
Saint Mark's Basilica, San Marco, 328, 30124 Venice, Italy
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I markerTorre dell'Orologio -
Clock Tower, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venice, Italy
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J markerGallerie dell'Accademia -
Accademia Gallery, Campo della Carità, 1050, 30123 Venice, Italy
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More Photos Of Venice - Please click the thumbnails to view.

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Along the Grand CanalBridge of SighsThe water taxi #1 took us down the Grand Canal.A side canalWe enjoyed looking at the interesting architecture!Another interesting building we saw as we went down the Grand Canal.I really enjoyed noticing the different shapes of the windows and doors.More interesting architecture!
Along the Grand Canal
Along the Grand Canal | Source
Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs | Source
The water taxi #1 took us down the Grand Canal.
The water taxi #1 took us down the Grand Canal. | Source
A side canal
A side canal | Source
We enjoyed looking at the interesting architecture!
We enjoyed looking at the interesting architecture! | Source
Another interesting building we saw as we went down the Grand Canal.
Another interesting building we saw as we went down the Grand Canal. | Source
I really enjoyed noticing the different shapes of the windows and doors.
I really enjoyed noticing the different shapes of the windows and doors. | Source
More interesting architecture!
More interesting architecture! | Source
Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary
Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary

This is a small book that you can slip in your pocket and take with you on your trip. Don't wait until you get to Italy to use the book though! Start soon after you get it so you'll be at least a little more familiar with how to say the basics. In all honesty, we didn't have much trouble in getting people to understand us in Venice, but there were a few other places in Italy that we did.

 

Map showing where in Italy Venice is

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B markerVenice, Italy -
Venice, Italy
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Venice Souvenirs

Our Venice Souvenirs

As mentioned above, we didn't buy too many souvenirs in Europe (but we made up for that in taking pictures!!!), yet we did buy several things from Venice.

My kids each bought a plain white mask, which they decorated with paints once they got home. I purchased a Needle Point bag with Mark's Square on it. My husband purchased a black and white striped gondolier's shirt.

My son's mask
My son's mask | Source

The fire mask, made by my son, is not quite done yet.

My daughter's mask
My daughter's mask | Source

The music mask was made by my daughter.

A cloth bag I bought in Venice
A cloth bag I bought in Venice | Source

The needlepoint on this bag is of St. Mark's Square.

Gondala Charm

A gondola charm might be a souvenir you'll enjoy for years to remind you of your trip!

Rembrandt Charms Gondola Charm, Sterling Silver
Rembrandt Charms Gondola Charm, Sterling Silver

This gondola charm can be ordered in white-gold, yellow-gold, yellow-gold-plated-silver, or rhodium-plated-silver.

 

Papa Piccolo - A Delightful Children's Story That Takes Place In Venice

Papa Piccolo - A GREAT book about Venice to read to your kids!

Papa Piccolo: What a delightful story! You know how some books you read once and put away, and others you read over and over and over again? Papa Piccolo was a suggested book in my son's homeschool curriculum when he was about 8. But instead of reading it once and then putting it away, Papa Picciol became a wonderful and much loved favorite!

When we first began reading it together, we had no idea that one day we'd be going to Venice. But once we were there, we discovered that the beautiful paintings in the book really were representative of Venice. Also, much real information about Venice was quite naturally woven into the storyline. Having read and reread the book so many times before our trip most definitely enriched our experience in Venice! I very highly recommend this book for kids from about 4 to 10...and for their parents and grandparents too!



Comments? Questions?

Have you ever been to Venice?

You'll find a guestbook at the bottom of the page for your questions and comments!

© 2009 JanieceTobey

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    • worldwidesouven profile image

      worldwidesouven 4 years ago

      I have been once in Venice and it is an amazing place, I love it. Thank you for your lens, wonderful photos!

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      HardyGirl 4 years ago

      Fantastic travelogue. Makes me itch to go back to Venice. Such lovely memories you've shared here. Great job!

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      birthdaybluepri 4 years ago

      Venice definitely is my favorite city. My first time there we were flooded in, and had to wrap garbage bags around our shoes just to get out of the hotel. After finding some cheap wellies, it was a wonderful day splashing in the puddles while the sunshine rained down on us. Lovely, and great lens!!

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      Deb Kingsbury 4 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      We actually JUST booked our B&B in Venice today! Yay! We'll be traveling to Italy for the first time this May, moved to do so because of a friend's destination wedding. So we'll be attending (in Amalfi) and making a two-week vacation of it. We'll be traveling around the country some -- Naples (and Pompii/Vesuvius) to Amalfi to Verano and the Dolomites to Venice, mostly by train -- so we won't be in Venice until the end of our trip and will be there only two night and really just two days, flying out on the morning of the third day there, but, if we love it as much you do, we'll begin our trip there the next time we go to Italy and spend more time exploring. Thanks for the great information and wonderful pictures. Love the masks!

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      Great pictures. It truly is a fascinating city. I think I would have bought one of the masks and hung it on a wall. They are so beautiful. The ones with the long beaks look like they might have originated from the masks the plague doctors wore during the Black Death.

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      tomoxby 4 years ago

      For me part of the charm of Venice is walking through the alley to some of the out of the way squares where the local citizens gather for dinner and fewer tourists. There are more families and wandering about and the atmosphere is wonderful.

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      atsikplornu1 4 years ago

      Very good lens. I love to be in Venice oneday.!!!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Come back to give Blessings to this beautiful lens, and city I love.

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      I would love to visit!! Just not sure about the whole pigeon thing..... ick.

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      Lisa Morris 5 years ago

      Venice, Italy would be a fascinating city to visit. Blessings.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Soounds like you had a fabulous trip. Thanks for shaing the beauty of Venice.

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      SMW1962 LM 5 years ago

      Memories! Makes me want to go back to Venice!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      " Hoping to enjoyed my stay in Venice "

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Actually been some of these places...love the tour, thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had a great time when I was Venice. Thanks for the memories!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would love to take my wife here on a vacation excellent lens

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      We've been to Venice twice. Would love to see it again and actually be able to stay at least a few weeks to a few months. We found it captivating. Thanks for a great lens that brought back many fond memories.

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      @jptanabe: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed my Venice site!

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      @TonyPayne: I hope you get to go to Venice too! Thanks for the blessing!

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      @debnet: Thanks so much for the Squid Angel Blessing! I hope you get to go at some point!

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      @FanfrelucheHubs: Yes! I very much enjoyed the architecture in Venice! We had a book that talked about the architecture in Venice and I had a great time looking for the various types of architecture described in the book on the buildings as we walked or road (on the boats) past them!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      I remember the pigeons, too :)) Venice is a great place to visit at least once.

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      The Basilica-di-San-Marco looks gorgeous, I love beautiful architecture...and Venice is famous for that too.

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      You've got me even more excited about my trip now! Venice...here I come!

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      Debbie 5 years ago from England

      Oh I so want to visit Venice. I enjoyed looking at your pictures and reading about your adventures. ~~Blessed~~

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      I have been there as well. Venice and Amsterdam are both Great Cities !!!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent lens, loved your photos. I would like to go to Venice one day, Italy has always fascinated me. Enjoyed my virtual tour, blessed.

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      DonD LM 5 years ago

      I definitely agree that Veniceis one of the most fascinating cities in the world. I enjoyed reading your lense.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      Wonderful pics! Sure makes me want to go to Italy!

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      This is about as close as I am going to get to Venice so I enjoyed my tour. So many of the books I've read were set in Venice so it was nice to see the places to associate with the names.

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      coolhiptrendy 5 years ago

      Thanks for a very informative lens. Have just returned from a vacation in Venice, and unfortunately at the moment many of the major monuments around St Marks square are shrouded in awnings and scaffolding. You can't even see the Bridge of Sighs!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh you brought back memories of Venice for me with all these great photos! Blessed

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      royalnewton 6 years ago

      Italy is an expensive place to travel. Still saving some money to visit Venice - my dream destination in the future.

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      Interestingly, I just did a lens on Venice two days ago. This makes a great compliment. Lensrolling and Blessing!

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      This looks like a dream trip to me....all the things I would love to experience with my kids. :)

      Thanks for the great lens...leaving an extra special blessing.

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      Amarant LM 6 years ago

      I live 45 minutes away from Venice. Although I've been there lots of times, it's magical every time!

      What a nice lens!

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      No, but I'd love to go and your lens is awesome!

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      EuroSquid LM 6 years ago

      Venice is wonderful and so is this lens. Blessed.

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      wyrm11268 6 years ago

      Have not been to Venice yet and would love to go. Thanks for this beautiful and informative focus on Venice.

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      Came back to angel bless this wonderful lens!!

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      Venice is one of my most favourite cities and your photos were wonderful. This lens is wonderful too. I am squidliking, favouriting and bookmarkling this lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Have to say, such a very infromative site about Venice and loaded with such a beauty, lovely pictures!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful lens to remind me of my visits there. Love it. I think it is the most romantic city in the world. It makes me feel alive.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed Venice the second time I went. The first time, my husband and myself took the boat and after, just left to drive on. I don't know what happened to us. The second time I spent a few days there with friends and thoroughly enjoyed it especially walking the non-touristy streets.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much, Susie!! I really appreciate your Purple Star recommendation for this lens!!! :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Funny how things work some times. I was just given the chance to nominate this lens for a Purple Star, and here I just mentioned that very thing yesterday. I really do like this lens, and anytime I want to visit Venice, I know where to find it on Squidoo. ~ I'll be keeping my fingers crossed! ~ Best wishes, Janiece!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'd say this lens is definitely deserving of a purple star and will have one, I hope soon! So excellently done and I think I did read every work of your fascinating adventure in Venice. I was unaware that there were no cars anywhere, what a wonderful thing that is ~ but only because it is impossible. I have always had a spot in my heart that has wanted to visit Venice and this was a wonderful little Squid hop there. I am impressed with the artistry of your children and what a great idea to get to do their own masks. Three weeks in Europe must have been a dream come true that you will treasure forever.

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      poppy mercer 6 years ago from London

      venice is so wonderful...so many magical memories. Everyone should try to go to Venice just once at least.

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      mom-247 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens- it looks like a wonderful trip. Living in Australia I think it may be a while before I get to go, but I can dream nonetheless!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Venice sounds fab! I'd love to go someday! Thanks for all the info too! It really helped on my homework assignment! ;D

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Venice is a great place so is the rest of Italy. Thanks for the lens.

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      CeruttiTesi 6 years ago

      Such a beauty, lovely pictures!

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      Ann 7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      If I can't get there, this is the next best thing. Thanks for sharing. x

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      jolou 7 years ago

      Wow, your photos are wonderful. I haven't been to Venice but hope to one day. Very excellent lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Like you it is my dream to visit Venice, however, it has not yet come true. Despite this I found much comfort in viewing your photos, and Venice is as breathe taking as I imagine it to be. Thanks to your wonderful photos.

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      James Jordan 7 years ago from Burbank, CA

      I was lucky enough a few years ago to go with some friends to Venice for Carnival. It was one of the most amazing times!!!!!! It is such a magical city.

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I bet you had a fantastic time, it is indeed an amazing place.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I WAS THERE FIRST TIME IN 1958.NICE SITE.

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      AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

      This is such an informative and beautiful lens. Squid Angel Blessings to you

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      You've really captured the beauty of Venice. I've been there once, but hope to get back on the next Italy trip. I love your idea about buying plain masks and painting them later at home. Blessed and featured on my Squid Angel Diary this week.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      That's amazing city and I believe that I will be there one day and thanks a lot for your sharing ...............:)

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Looks like you had a fabulous trip. The fact that they don't have cars and walk everywhere and visit with each other is cool. Probably like earlier times in this country.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      What a wonderful trip! Great pictures! and Venice sounds like such a nice easy relaxed place to be.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      wonderful little tour you did here. I can't wait to go to Venice.

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Looks like you guys had a fabulous time in Venice - it was great to take the virtual tour with you - very well done and presented - great pictures...5*s!

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Fantastic! I was there in 1984, and hadn't given it another thought in years. Now I want to go back. Seeing Venice through your eyes was very exciting! 5*

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Stunning photos. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love Venice, I've only been there once on a two day stop on a cruise, so I really just got a small look at the city! It is wonderful...I'd love to go back! Your trip looks wonderful!

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      Janiece, this lens is beautiful. I love to hear personal stories about trips to other countries. The swimming pool sounds wonderful. Don't know that I'll ever get overseas, but I'd love to go to Venice.

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      Michey LM 8 years ago

      Janice, I love it, it is ome of my favorite towns in Italy, actually I really love entire country.

      5* fav.

      regards

      Michey

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      missbat 8 years ago

      Although I've never personally been to Venice, it is an extraordinarily beautiful city! My grandma still remembers her visit there. (The closest I've ever come was a gondola ride in the Venetian in Las Vegas.) Beautiful lens, and I do love the Lion of Venice! Great job!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      Janiece, absolutely beautiful...I remember the pigeons in Greece on the square in Athens being the same way...so many of them and so petted...better than a zoo! The photos are wonderful...what a beautiful city!! Thank you for sharing! 5*

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Spectacular! Love that view from your hotel. Sure would love to take the same trip. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! This is fantastic. A real enjoyable read. I loved all the great photos and your writing made me feel like I was right there with your family. Wonderful work on this lens about Venice and now I know why you would title it "Venice! One Of The Most Fascinating Cities In The World! Super!!!!