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Venice is one of the finest places in the world for you to study
abroad. It has fascinating art, stunning architecture, a lurid history
and it's only a short Euro rail ride from some of the most famous sites
in Europe (short being a relative term).
The city is actually made up of 117 islands with 409 bridges
connecting them. While this sounds imposing, Venice is actually quite
small. According to LonelyPlanet.com,
you can walk across the entire center in thirty minutes. But why would
you want to? Taking a stroll along the Grand Canal (the city's main
street, which is technically a river) offers such wonderful sights. And
part of Venice's charm is that no cars are allowed in the heart of the
The other part of its charm comes from its unforgettable landmarks.
Not only does it have celebrated museums, soft sand beaches and stunning
indigenous wildlife, but it has iconic sites like St. Marco's Basilica.
The square outside the basilica is world famous. It is a charming
collection of stores and restaurants on beautiful cobblestone, and there
are as many pigeons admiring its splendors as there are tourists.
You've doubtless seen this place in movies, TV shows and commercials.
The basilica itself is a marvel of ancient architecture. Covered from
tip to base in an array of domes and arches and statues and gold, this
house of worship is as much a treasure as the many priceless treasures
it houses. Plus, the top offers a jaw dropping view of the city and its
many interconnecting waterways.
When you aren't admiring the many spectacular sights of Venice, you
may want to actually study. Istituto Venezia offers an unparalleled
opportunity to expand your base of Italian knowledge. The school has
classes on everything from Italy's language to its culture to its
history and its future. The school is situated right in the center of
the city. It is the cultural center of the city that many consider the
culture center of Europe, or, as KnowledgeExchange.org calls Venice, the 'jewel of Europe.'
a student currently studying abroad in Rome, visited Venice and said,
'Venice I don't believe is like any other city on the planet. We have
all heard about how it is built in the middle of a lagoon, with canals
for streets and boats instead of cars. But it is still so amazing to see
the narrow roads and little bridges, the gondolas and tunnel-like
alleys. At Carnevale this amazing city becomes a dream like maze with
hanging lights, colorful masks, music, decorations and one enormous,
The Carnevale he is writing of is Venice's biggest event. Taking
place every February, Carnevale is Italy's version of Mardi Gras.
Millions of people put on elaborate costumes and bejeweled masks and
party in the streets (yes, there are some) of Venice.
So whether you want to take in the hustle and bustle of city life, or
enjoy the relaxing serenity of lounging near a canal, Venice has
everything. It has great museums, quaint shops, delicious restaurants,
famous tourist attractions, stage and movie theaters, excellent schools
and so much more. It has everything a student like yourself could want
rolled into one tight, interconnected, wet package.
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