Tour Venice in HD Video with Super Travel Guide Rick Steves

Rialto Bridge Grand Canal

My wife, Lynn,  and I had the good fortune several years ago to take a combination business/pleasure trip to Venice in the early summer.

Except for the popularity of seafood, which I don’t care for, we had a wonderful and all too brief visit.

We actually stayed at a fine hotel on Lido Beach which is a water taxi ride away from the downtown part of Venice.

We found the watery aspect of the city to be sort of “good news/bad news.  The water was pretty dirty, even on Lido Beach which faces the Adriatic sea.

On the other hand, the ambiance that the water created over the centuries of development of the huge shallow lagoon now permits an enchanting and unique kind of city and neighborhood experience.



Wikipedia’s introduction to a lengthy and disputed article is as follows. The unresolved dispute apparently alleges some copyright violations in portions of the text.

Venice (English /ˈvɛnɪs/ ven-iss; Italian: Venezia [veˈnɛttsja]; Venetian: Venesia [veˈnɛsja]) is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges.[1] These are located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon, an enclosed bay that lies between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork.[1] The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site.[1]

In 2014, 264,579 people resided in Comune di Venezia, of whom around 55,000 live in the historic city of Venice (Centro storico). Together with Padua and Treviso, the city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area (PATREVE), with a total population of 2.6 million. PATREVE is a statistical metropolitan area without any degree of autonomy.[2]

The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC.[3][4] The city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice. Venice has been known as the “La Dominante,” “Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” “City of Masks,” “City of Bridges,” “The Floating City,” and “City of Canals.”

The Republic of Venice was a major financial and maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. The City State of Venice is considered to have been the first real international financial center which gradually emerged from the 9th century to its peak in the 14th century.[5] This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.[6]

It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. After the Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna, the Republic was annexed by the Austrian Empire, until it became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1866, following a referendum held as a result of the Third Italian War of Independence. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.[7]


Saint Maark's Square, Venice

Saint Mark’s Square, Venice


Doges Palace

Doges Palace

Rick Steves HD Videos of Venice

I have featured the main center city video by Rick Steves, a world class travel guide.  The video is titled Venice, Italy: The Doge’s Palace  I also added two of his 3 minute videos to show more of the features of this great Italian city.  Be sure to see them below.

Venice History and Center


Romantic Gondolas


Boat Tour of the Lagoon & Glass Industry Tour


If you want even more,”Google” Rick Steves Venice and you’ll find still more short but delightful excursions in and around Venice.






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