Venice Sunset

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View of Venice as the sun sets over the hills in the background. The Grand Canal is the main thoroughfare for large and small boats as they make their way through Venice. There is a vaporetto station on the left. They are distinguishable by their white and yellow colors. A water bus pulls up to the floating station to pick up it's passengers and take them to the next station. It's the best way to get around in Venice.

How can one describe Venice? Venice is one of the most unique cities and important tourist destinations in the world for it's art and architecture. Venice is a melting pot for the rich and famous as well as ordinary folks like myself. There are numerous attractions in Venice, such as St Mark's Basilica, the Grand Canal, and the Piazza San Marco. The Grand Canal is the major thoroughfare of Venice as it moves people and products and is also wide enough for Cruise ships to navigate through. The Lido di Venizia is also a popular international luxury destination, attracting thousands of actors, critics, celebrities, and mainly people in the cinematic industry. Since the Carnival of Venice was revived in the 1980's the city has become a major centre of international conferences and festivals, such as the prestigious Venice Biennale and the Venice Film Festival, which attract visitors from all over the world for their theatrical, cultural, cinematic, artistic, and musical productions.

No matter where you wander in Venice your eyes will be feasting on delightful images, some describe it as 'elegant decay'. One doesn't have to wander far to find the scenic wonders of Venice. Whether you are strolling through the alleys filled with cafes and bars, or on bridges over canals lined with colorful boats and striped docking poles, you will never tire of it all. Simply put there is nothing mundane in Venice. We spent a lot of time there on our last trip, but I still want to go back and stay at least a couple of weeks. I don't think I could ever get tired of it. Getting around in Venice is easy. A person could walk through Venice in less than a few hours, but we like to ride on a vaporetto. A vaporetto is a water transit boat that docks at stations that float in the water. If you buy a pass it is very inexpensive. If you travel to Venice you can purchase vaporetto passes online for 30 euros each before  you leave. It will give you unlimited usage for 48 hours. There are also passes available in Venice from 24 hours to 7 days and the tickets are good for up to a year. If you get on a vaporetto going the wrong way, your ticket will not be wasted, just get off and get on another one. If possible, try to get a seat in the back of the vaporetto where it's out in the open. A lot of Venice can be seen from a boat. You just sit back and watch a beautiful city go by. 
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