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#SETRAVELS: Venice’s Canals, Bridges and Architecture

Forget the maps, they’ll be virtually useless in Venice, a city of over 150 intricate interconnected canals. Located in northeast Italy, Venice (or Venezia in Italian) is one of Italy’s top travel destinations. Venice is comprised of 117 bodies of land connected by more than 400 bridges and 150 canals, with the Grand Canal being the main attraction taking you through the heart of the city. The Grand Canal is lined with historical buildings and churches, and passes through the Rialto Bridge, the only bridge to cross the canal until the 19th century.

Of course there’s St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace, but don’t dismiss the neighbouring islands just a Vaporetto (public water bus) ride away. A few of the islands within the Venetian lagoon are: Murano, Burano and Torcello. Murano is known for its Murano glass and there are many factories where you can see the artisans blow glass and hand paint goods. Burano is one of the more picturesque islands with colourfully lined houses. This fishing village is also known for hand made lace goods. For those who enjoy history, swing over to Torcello, where most of the island is only accessible by walking paths and along them you’ll find Byzantine mosaics from the seventh century.

Whether you want to immerse yourself in culture, dine at a Michelin star restaurant, soak up some history, or just go for a gondola ride, by the end of your journey, you’ll understand why Venezia is known as one of the most romantic cities of the world.

For more information on Venezia please check the official tourist website here.

– Chenessa Lam

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PHOTO DIARY: All Roads Lead to Rome

A city with over 3000 years of history behind it, no wonder it’s known as the eternal city. What I love about Rome is that you never know what you’ll come across next. You can aimlessly wander the streets and end up at the Trevi Fountain or get lost and find the sun setting behind St. Peter’s Basilica. There is something enchanting about this city. A majestic presence, never more impressive than when illuminated at night.

– Chenessa Lam

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