VENICE – In the Middle Ages, Venice was nicknamed “La Serenissima,” “The Queen of the Adriatic” and “La Dominante” in honor of its beauty.
The city speaks for itself. Its magic is simply beyond words.
Despite the fact that my family and I went there a few months ago, we still find ourselves talking about the city.
The memories we’ve made there will forever be etched in our minds.
Completely surrounded by water, with its countless canals, and picturesque bridges, the city is simply magical.
Its narrow cobbled streets, pastel-colored buildings and outstanding architecture make Venice one of a kind.
Sitting on more than 100 small islands connected by more than 400 bridges, Venice practically has no roads. To go to surrounding islands, we had to take boats called “water taxis” and “vaporettis.”
Taking the gondola was also one of the best ways to view the city’s main landmarks and to see Venice from a different perspective. On the gondola, you travel down the Grand Canal and into smaller waterways, flanked by beautiful bridges and arched buildings built in the Venetian Gothic style.
Walking through Venice’s narrow streets was like wandering through a museum. The ancient buildings, clothing shops, tiny souvenir shops and restaurants all looked very old and historical from the outside.
Venice’s central square, called Piazza San Marco, is the social heart of the city, with its impressive St. Mark’s Basilica and its unique Byzantine architectural style. There are other famous historical monuments and buildings, there, too.
After wandering around for hours, only a good seafood pizza could make things better.
Lina Temzini is a Junior Reporter with Youth Journalism International.