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The city of Venice was once rich and powerful. Its riches came from trade with other countries near and far. The chief citizens of Venice were rich merchants. The story written by Shakespeare goes that, the richest of these was Antonio, a merchant well known for his honesty and kindness. He borrowed money for his friend Bassanio from a wicked money lender Shylock, but could not return it because his ships (the ones you see) never came back from high sea. As per the agreement Shylock claimed pound of Antonio’s flesh, but was allowed so, without shedding a drop of blood……

That’s how ancient Venice was fictionally popular for.

Modern day Venice, is a city in northern Italy which is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. 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", water ways through canals is the principal mode of communication. Luigi Barzini described it in The New York Times as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man".Venice has also been described by the Times Online as being one of Europe's most romantic cities.
In this shot you see Gondolas, that cruise the Adriatic sea on which Venice is located as well as cruise the city canals.

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