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Why Venice was awarded best European city

Why Venice was awarded best European city
Recently the floating city of Venice was crowned best European city at the Telegraph Travel Awards. And it’s no surprise why! Located in northeastern Italy, Venice is renowned for its unique cityscape built on a network of islands and canals in the Venetian Lagoon.
With a rich history dating back to the 5th century AD, Venice has become an important centre of trade, art, and culture. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why Venice is Europe’s best city.
Image of the venetian canal with grand buildings lining the canalside

A Unique Cityscape

One of the most unique cities in the world, Venice is extraordinary. Built on a series of islands, the city features an intricate maze of canals, bridges and historic buildings making it a one-of-a-kind destination. Venice lacks conventional roads and instead places reliance on the water to get around by boat or gondola. Iconic and traditional, gondolas are flat-bottomed boats that have been a symbol of Venice for many years. They play a significant role in the history, culture and tourism of the city and are an experience not to be missed.
Image of a gondola riding down the canals of Venice

Art and Architecture

The art scene in Venice is a treasure chest of hidden gems. You can find world-class museums, stunning architecture from the Gothic and Renaissance periods as well as churches adorned with masterpieces throughout the city. Head to the Doge’s Palace to marvel at the Venetian Gothic architecture or cross the Rialto Bridge, one of the most iconic sights and an essential crossing point over the Grand Canal. Venice is also famous for its glassmaking on the island of Murano. Visitors can take a boat trip to the island to witness this fine art in practice, wander around the glass workshops and buy a souvenir to bring home.
Image of someone glass blowing

Delicious Cuisine

Italian food is loved all around the world and Venice offers its own culinary delights. Cicchetti is Venetian tapas and is a popular choice among the locals. These bite-sized dishes are often served in bars and osterias and can include items like fried seafood, vegetables, small pasta dishes and meats. Seafood is very popular in Venice thanks to the city being surrounded by water. Popular seafood specialties include Baccalà Mantecato (creamy salted cod), Sarde in Saor (marinated sardines) and Risotto al Nero di Seppia (squid ink risotto). Whatever you try, you’re sure to be in for a treat!
Image of a glass of wine and bread

Festivals and Events

Venice is home to a number of festivals and events throughout the year with the most famous being the iconic Venice Carnival. Taking place annually in the weeks leading up to Lent, this enchanting event sees locals don elaborate masks and colourful costumes. The masks allowed people to conceal their identity and social status, encouraging inclusion and freedom throughout the festivities. During the carnival, the city comes to life with masquerade balls, street performances, music, laughter, and various other events. Don’t miss the Flight of the Angel or the Flight of the Eagle, two highlights of the carnival. During these events, performers and acrobats descend on a rope from St Mark’s Campanile to symbolise the connection between earth and heaven.
Image of carnival characters with masks and colourful dress along the venetian canals

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