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Venezia, La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic, one of the most Tranquil Republic of Venice is the city of canals, churches and palaces that captures the hearts and minds of all who visit. Venice is home to terrific traveler locations well-known the world over-- St Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs-- but the true delight of Venice is found just roaming around and finding architectural and artistic wonders around every corner.

Transportation: getting there and escaping

Venice is served by two airport, Marco Polo and Trevino. Carry into the city is by bus or from the latter by water bus.

Trains terminate and leave from Santa Lucia train station on the west side of Venice. The station fronts the Grand Canal where water buses (vaporetti) or water taxis are available.

Cars and trucks and coaches show up on the far western edge of Venice at Piazzale Roma. There are no roads in Venice so from here on it's by boat or on foot. Venice is the World's just really pedestrian city and walking is a serendipitous adventure of discovering vistas in the magnificent urban landscape.

Ships reach the Stazione Marittima.

Water buses are best for longer trips and for going to the islands. There are also the more costly water taxis. Gondolas are truly just for brief romantic hops and having your photograph taken.


Summer is hot in Venice. Temperatures typical 27C however high humidity results in a close, uneasy environment. Sometimes, hot sirocco winds sweep in from the south. January and February are the coldest months with temperature levels ranging from 0-7 C. Snow is unusual owing to the city's lagoon area. Spring is fresh and clear though rainfall can be heavy. Mists are common in late autumn.

Lodging: from cheap stays to high-end resorts

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Events: what's on and what's hot

Venice has the character of a stage set so its lots of celebrations are amazing.

* The first occasion of the year is the Regata delle Befana hung on 6 January.

* The next month sees the significant occasion in the Venetian calendar specifically Carnevale,

which is a masked and costumed extravaganza.

* Might sees the Festa della Sensa (Banquet of the Ascension) which commemorates the Sposalizio del Mar (Wedding event with the Sea).

* The arts fest is held every odd-numbered year in June in the Giardini Pubblici.

* Festa del Redentore in July includes a regatta and fireworks celebration.

* The Venice International Movie Festival is held from late August into September


Turin has actually been called the European capital of Baroque due to the design of much of its palaces and churches. In numerous ways Turin varies from the typical Italian city. It exhibits a strong French influence with its broad boulevards with white buildings. With the Po River flowing through the city, and the Italian Alps standing in the range, it's a place of fantastic charm.

By airplane

Caselle Airport lies north of the city and is connected to the city by bus and taxi. Turin is also quickly reached from Malpensa airport.

Turin has 2 primary train stations, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa. The previous is for long and mid-range journeys the latter mainly for local trains.

Turin has an effective public transport system of buses and trams and an underground line was opened for the 2006 Winter season Olympics.

The City of Turin has actually recently developed a network of bike paths throughout the city.


Turin is bleak with rain and fog in the winter season temperatures tending to stay single digit. The summer season in between May and September are milder though rain is still typical.

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* April sees the Celebration Internazionale di Film con Tematiche Omosessuali is a five-day worldwide gay and lesbian film celebration.

* Cioccolat in early March is a two-week celebration of cocoa. Turin see cocoa tastings, sculpture competitions and stalls around the city centre.

* Salone Internazionale del Gusto is a five-day celebration of food and white wine held biannually. The event is worldwide in flavour with traditional producers from all over the world showcasing and offering their items in a giant street market.


Steeped in history and rich with monoliths popular the world over-- the Vatican, the Colosseum-- Rome stands as a captivating symbol of history and culture.

Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) airport is 16 miles southwest of the city with the Stazione Termini direct train running hourly into the city. The main bus station is located outside the Stazione Termini. Buses range from 6:00 a.m to midnight with some all-night services. The Rome Metro service has two lines, both of which go through Termini. It runs from 5:30 a.m to 11.30 p.m. and 0:30 on Saturdays.

The climate is mild with bright skies and pleasant temperature levels. Nevertheless July and August can be oppressively hot, November is typically rainy, and December to February can be chill.

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* Holy Week (Easter) is time when Catholics from all over the world show up on trips to visit the city's churches and to hear the Pope at the Vatican. On Great Friday a procession of the Cross goes from the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill.

* The Estate Romana (Roman Summertime), is at the heart of Roman social life from June to September. It's a time when the city resounds to complimentary concerts, street theatre and outside cinema.

* In September museums, galleries and shops stay open all night from 20:00 -08:00 on the event called Notte Bianca (white night). It's also a time of free performances and other happenings all over the city.