Population: 270,660 (2010)
Area: 415 km2 (160 mi2)
Dialing Code: +39
Electricity Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types C, F, & L
Time Zone: Central European Time UTC+1 (Summer CEST UTC+2)
Venice, called Venezia in Italian, is one of those cities that needs no introduction. As soon as you hear the name, I’m sure images are conjured up of canals, bridges over canals, gondolas in canals, and more canal-ly things.
Venice is all that, but a whole lot more. Sure, there is a huge amount of architectural and structural beauty to behold, and it’s just sooo romantic, but Venezia has a great story behind it, too. The city was once one of the most important trade centers in the ancient world.
Venice was so mighty and so it back in the day that it has influenced many things that we may take for granted today. There is the Venetian Gothic architecture, their particular shade of red – even Marco Polo, born in Venice, would inspire others, particularly Columbus and modern cartography.
Some say that Venice might not last another 50 years, due to its 118 islands sinking or the water levels rising up around it or such. Don’t take the chance – get there while you still can; you’ll be happy you did.