Introduction to Venice
Have you visited Venice?
Yes. Venice is a fascinating city between sea and sky.
Could you tell me something about it?
Of course. It is built on 117 islands. There aren’t any cars and buses. But it has 150 canals and 400 bridges. The narrow streets, with their historic names, are paved with flagstones but have no footpaths. They are lined with flower decked balconies, Madonna, shop signs and lanterns. Artisans’ stalls and palaces stand side by side. The squares are charming. The brick bridges, with white stone trimmings are pitched high to allow barges to pass under them.
So, a lot of tourists visit Venice every day.
Yes. Every year thousands of tourists from the five continents visit this beautiful city.
Really! What are they amazed at?
They are always amazed at the charm of her water and pellucid light, which can make them free from all dust and cooled by the sea breezes.
But I have heard that the level of the surrounding water is constantly rising. Is that true?
It’s true. The exceptional position of Venice constitutes a threat to its very existence.
Do the Venetians still love their city, now?
Yes. They want to stay here to save Venice from the sea.