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The city of Venice is the capital of the northern Italian region of Veneto. It is world renowned for its magnificent setting, art, and architecture. The city has a population of 270,660 inhabitants (4/2009) and is 414.57 square kilometers in size. Everyone knows Venice because of the beautiful pictures of gondolas along the water.
There are a number of sights to see in Venice, including the Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basilica, and the magnificent Piazza San Marco. A popular luxury destination is the Lido di Venezia, a lovely sandbar that is popular amongst the rich and famous from all over the world.
One of the most popular festivals in the city is the Carnival of Venice which takes place 40 days before the holiday of Easter and ends before Ash Wednesday. Wearing a mask is one of the central components of the festival. Another important festival is the Venice Film Festival – the oldest around the world and one of the most prestigious.
The airport closest to the city of Venice is the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). It is eight kilometers north of the city. The airport services a number of airlines, including Air Berlin, Alitalia, British Airways, Delta Airlines, EasyJet, Iberia, Lufthansa, US Airways, and WindJet.