Who doesn’t love Venice, the city that’s inspired countless poems, songs, paintings, and heartbreaks? The city of Venice is one of the most special cities around the world, and every year attracts enormous crowds of tourists. Founded in the 5th century, its urban structure is spread over 118 small islands separated by canals and connected by bridges and walkways. The whole city is a splendid aggregate of palaces, churches, squares and other architectural masterpieces that create a magical, unique atmosphere. Furthermore, several historic buildings contain art works by some of the greatest artists of all time, such as Titian, Tintoretto and others. But not far from the historic center is the Venice few tourists ever see: a series of islands scattered in the lagoon like gems, each with its own personality and charms The Venetian Lagoon covers more than 200 square miles and is dotted with tons of small islands — some not big enough to hold a house, while others are home to large communities. Venice is the largest island in the Lagoon, with a population of around 50,000 (and a tourist population closing in on 70,000 per day). But it's not the only island worth visiting. While you might be tempted to spend your whole visit in Venice getting caught up in its twisty streets and narrow canals, do yourself a favor and visit some of the other islands in the Lagoon, too.
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