Venice, Italy The city of water

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.

Venice is known for its bridges. There are 417 bridges in Venice and 72 of those are private.

Bridges in Venice usually don’t have steps on them since up until 16th century many people were moving around on a horseback.

There are 3 major bridges across the Grand Canal – Accademia, Rialto and Scalzi. There is a fourth one, just a few years old. What is interesting about that one is that it already begins to show signs of decay, unlike the centuries old ones.

Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. They're usually worn during The Carnival of Venice. In the past they have been used to hide the wearer's identity and social status.

There are three types of masks: bauta, moretta and larva.

Bauta usually completely covers face, doesn’t have mouth hole and it has a lot of gilt. Sometimes it covers only upper parts of face so that you can talk, eat and drink, but it still hides the identity.

Moretta is oval mask in black velvet and was worn by women of all social classes, usually during the visits to the monastery.

Larva is usually white and is worn with the hat and the cloak.

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