Venice, Italy: Mistress of the Seas

They called her Serenissima, “the most serene Republic of Venice.” Once her navy was the mistress of the seas, and for centuries she has been the romantic inspiration of artists, poets and lovers. Venice casts a spell on you. She has an allure that stays with you long after you have departed. Boats are part of the life here.

An endless armada of small crafts ply the canals of this watery city, which is composed of 118 small islands in a lagoon.

Venice is small, merely a cluster of tiny islands connected by a network of canals. A wonderful variety of boats have been developed by the Venetians to make the best of their unusual ‘highways’. Once, the Venetian navy was mistress of the Mediterranean, its navy protecting the Greek Islands and coastlines from invading pirates.

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