Venice Gondola Rialto Bridge

Venice is one of the most evocative and unforgettable cities in the world. Famous for its canals and bridges, the city was the headquarters of the Venetian Republic for 1,000 years.

Venice’s role as the capital of a maritime republic and as one of the most significant ports in the Mediterranean meant that its culture and style developed in part thanks to influences from abroad. The city’s east-facing focus is reflected in some of its architecture, most notably in the five Byzantine-style cupolas that top its most famous building — St. Mark’s Basilica.

Venice, known as Venezia in Italian, is one of the most visited cities in Italy for both first-time and experienced travelers. Its fame has led to it earning many nicknames over the years. They include the “City of Water,” “City of Canals,” “City of Bridges,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” and “La Serenissima,” to name a few. “La Serenissima” means “the most serene” and is derived from an honorary name given to the name of the Republic.

The historic center of Venice and the islands in its lagoon are all classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Festivals and Holidays in Venice

See the Italy calendar for details on public holidays in Italy. Some popular holidays and festivals that are particular to Venice are:

Venice is also host to the Biennale.