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Venice - The Origins of the Sinking City   by Richard Monk
Often called the sinking city, Venice is a wonderful place to spend a few weeks walking up and down little alleys. To truly enjoy the city, however, one needs to know how it came to be. 

Italy is one of the most interesting countries in all of Europe. The culture, language, climate and even the boot shape of the country are all things that draw people to Italy and its history. Within Italy, there are many cities that also attract people, including Rome and Venice. Venice, Italy is particularly engaging and deserves more than just a glance.

Venice has a long and varied past. It was supposedly founded in 422 AD by Romans who were fleeing the Goths. The Goths, in turn, were trying to conquer areas of the Roman Empire. However, there are no concrete records of when exactly Venice was founded. 

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By Ineke Eigenraam-Dirks
Starting in the ninth century AD and continuing on into the twelfth century, Venice became a city state similar to other city states such as Genoa and Pisa. Strategically, Venice was strong, as it was situated at the edge of the Adriatic Sea and was virtually untouchable. It's naval and other marine forces made it a center of commerce for the region. Construction on the Venetian Arsenal started in 1104, and when Venice gained control of the Brenner pass in 1178, they also obtained all the rights to the silver trade from Germany. This made the city one of the economic powers of the time...  read more
Also read:  Discover Venice  by Giuseppe Longo
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Abbazia Hotel Venice
Set in a converted 19th century abbey belonging to the order of the Barefoot Carmelite Friars of Venice, the Abbazia Hotel is located in the Cannaregio district of Venice. The hotel is just 150 meters from Venice's main transport hub, the Santa Lucia railway station. The Hotel Abbazia's baroque chapel features a Carrara marble façade, gold friezes and 18th century statues of the Madonna, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist and Saint Sebastian. Guests can relax with a glass of wine in the tranquillity of the inner garden. There are numerous shops and restaurants located along the fashionable Calle Priuli Dei Cavaletti, where the hotel is located. Venice Marco Polo Airport is 20 kilometers from the hotel. The Flybus operates between the airport and Piazzale Roma terminal, 800 meters from the hotel. A regular waterboat service and water taxis run from the airport to Venice. There are scheduled bus services to Padua, Mestre and Venice.
Alloggi Agli Artisti Hotel Venice
The Alloggi Agli Artisti is a budget hotel set within a traditional Venetian-style building, less than two kilometres from San Rocco and the Rialto. The 35 guestrooms are decorated in light colours with patterned fabrics and simple furnishings. Modern amenities include air conditioning, wireless Internet access (surcharge), televisions, telephones, and hair dryers. Rooms come with private or shared bathrooms.
Guests can consult the 24-hour front desk for sightseeing assistance and information on tours on Venice's Grand Canal, which runs underneath the hotel. The hotel is air-conditioned throughout. For guests wishing to explore the surrounding area, the Guggenheim Museum, the Accademia, the Ducal Palace and San Marco Square are all two kilometres away and the sandy beaches of Venice Lido are at a four kilometre distance.
Best Western Albergo San Marco Venice
The early 19th-century Best Western Albergo San Marco is located in Venice, Italy, within 50 metres of St Mark's Square and the Bridge of Sighs. Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) is eight kilometres away. Built in 1809, the Best Western Albergo San Marco hotel is a waterfront property painted in yellow with dark shutters. Babysitting services are available at the hotel. Best Western Albergo San Marco offers guests a complimentary continental breakfast. The relaxed Restaurant La Colombia has dark wood panelling, and serves regional and international dishes. The informal San Marco bar has a tiled floor and curved, polished wood bar, with drinks and snacks on the menu. The Best Western Albergo San Marco hotel has multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk who can help plan itineraries. 
Bauer Hotel, Venice
Coalescing a sense of modern style along with state-of-the-art facilities and thoughtful service, the Bauer Hotel Venice is an ideal retreat for both business and leisure travellers alike. Boasting a fantastic location in Venice, the Bauer Hotel Venice is quietly tucked away on a private street enabling excellent accessibility to world class shopping centres, elegant boutiques as well as many other interesting landmarks that are found in the surrounding area. The guestroom facilities cater for all types of accommodation requirements, whether you are staying overnight for business or leisure purposes. All of the rooms are tastefully decorated with high quality furnishings for maximum comfort and relaxation. A journey to Venice is not complete without visiting the celebrated on-site restaurants that serve great food in a casual, yet refined atmosphere. You can also escape from the hustle and bustle of the city by relaxing with an exotic drink the lounge bar.
Boscolo Hotel Bellini Venice
The Boscolo Hotel Bellini is a deluxe-class hotel located 10 kilometers from Marco Polo Airport. Guests will appreciate all that this upbeat hotel has to offer, from the moment they check in until the moment they leave. A good location, nice amenities and service that is unparalleled makes this property the ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers. Adding to the comfort and convenience is the fact that the hotel provides easy access to surrounding venues and sights all guests will want to explore. Beautifully appointed guest rooms create an air of serenity. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and the perfect place to relax after a long day of sightseeing, shopping or business. Each of the rooms are equipped with the modern amenities today's travelers have come to expect. Personable and professional, the Boscolo Hotel Bellini's well-trained staff provides outstanding hospitality. They are on call to help with any need. The hotel is close to area dining, shopping and entertainment venues.
Cà Bragadin Carabba Venice
The Palazzo Bragadin Carabba is located in Venice, Italy, 200 metres from the Rialto Bridge. The iconic St Mark's Square and the Bridge of Sighs are 600 metres away. Venice Marco Polo Airport is 10 kilometres from the hotel. Set in a 14th-century Gothic palace, this family-run bed and breakfast has distinctive mullioned windows and leaded glass. The air-conditioned lobby has a 24-hour front desk and concierge service, where staff can assist with tourist queries and offer currency exchange. Wireless Internet access is available. Palazzo Bragadin Carabba serves a daily breakfast for a surcharge.  The Rialto Market gives a taste of the real Venice. The market square is home to Venice's oldest public house, dating back to the mid-15th century.
Ca' Formenta Venice
The waterfront Hotel Ca Formenta is a renovated palazzo in Venice, Italy. The hotel is located in a residential area, 350 metres from the Biennale Gardens and within 1 kilometre of St Mark's Square. Venice attractions like Basilica San Marco are less than one kilometre away, while Venice Lido's beaches are 15 minutes by water bus. The Hotel Ca Formenta is set in a restored palazzo dating back to the 14th century, when the neighbourhood was home to traders selling wares to Venice's merchant and war ships. The concierge desk offers restaurant recommendations and advice on sightseeing tours. The Ca Formenta Bar serves snacks and drinks all day in the shaded inner courtyard, and at tables with lagoon views, set up outside the hotel. The hotel also offers a complimentary buffet breakfast and room service.  In contrast with St Mark's Square, the restaurants and cafés around Hotel Ca Formenta and Via Garibaldi are more popular with Venice locals than with tourists.
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is situated in the Venetian Lagoon, on the fashionable island of Giudecca. Venice's iconic St Mark's Square is one kilometre away by boat.  Originally a flourmill built in the 19th century, the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is an imposing 9-storey property with a red-brick frontage with turrets and distinctive windows. The property features an in-house fitness centre offering the services of a personal trainer and offers a spa tub, sauna and beauty services. Surrounded by sun terraces, the outdoor rooftop pool offers panoramic views of Venice and the lagoon. Authentic Italian specialities are served in the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice's main restaurant. The ninth-floor bar serves light snacks and cocktails against a backdrop of panoramic Venice views. Drinks are also served on the terrace, while the lounge bar offers afternoon tea. The water sports and beaches of Venice Lido are popular with both locals and tourists and are a 2-kilometre waterbus ride from the hotel. 
Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice
The family-run Hotel Carlton and Grand Canal is located in Venice, Italy, in the Santa Croce quarter on the Grand Canal promenade, 50 metres from the waterbus stop and 250 metres from the Jewish Ghetto. Rialto Bridge is 15 minutes away by waterbus, and St Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace are a 20-minute ride away. Piazzale Roma, Venice's main entry point, is within 250 metres.  The 4-storey Hotel Carlton and Grand Canal has a terracotta facade with 100 windows. This renovated, 18th-century palazzo is lit up at night. Leaded-glass windows, 18th-century Venetian chairs with silver trims, and rich fabrics decorate the Bar Carlton Café which overlooks the Grand Canal promenade. Coffees, cocktails and snacks are served on the outdoor terrace during warmer months. Complimentary buffet breakfasts are served. The hotel has a relaxing courtyard area for guests to use. A 15-minute waterbus ride away is Venice Lido, which offers, beaches, watersports, tennis, bike hire and golf. 
Hotel Gritti Palace Venice
The Hotel Gritti Palace is an historic 16th century palazzo situated on Venice's Grand Canal within 500 meters of St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace. Guests can browse the daily newspapers in the lobby, use the Internet or take advantage of the private boat service to the Lido. Two dining options are available: Decorated with Murano glass, marble and hand-made stuccoes, Club Del Doge is a romantic restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Grand Canal, serving a range of Mediterranean and Venetian specialties. Bar Longhi serves a range of snacks, drinks and cocktails in an intimate setting decorated with 18th century paintings, marble and Murano glass. The hotel houses a range of boutiques selling Venetian handicrafts, masks and glass, and offers cooking courses during certain months of the year
Hotel Principe - Gardena Hotels, Venice
Hotel Principe is on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. From the hotel, the Jewish Ghetto and the Ca' d'Oro are 1 kilometer away. Steps from a train depot, the hotel is about 2 kilometers from the famous Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge.  Hotel Principe's three historic buildings retain their Old World charm with the central building retaining its 15th-century façade. On the canal side, gondolas and water taxis arrive at the hotel's red-and-black-striped mooring. From the street, entrance is through a large marble lobby with comfortable sofas. Serving breakfasts and dinners, the Principe Ristorante offers Italian specialties in a room that features yellow-marble floors and Murano glass chandeliers. The restaurant has a wall of windows that face the waterfront terrace that is open during the summer. Marco Polo Bar serves from late morning to late night. Ca' d'Oro (correctly Palazzo Santa Sofia), 1 kilometer from the hotel, is one of the most beautiful palazzos on the Grand Canal in Venice.
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