Venice Venice is a magical city - at risk. Rising sea levels and an excess of tourists put pressure on the locals and the infrastructure to which many have succumbed. Its history is long, complicated and rich - too much so to encapsulate here except to say that Venice was a commercial powerhouse and a source of stability throughout Italy. It is old and new, worn and fresh; laced with dark alleys, open seascapes and one-of-a-kind bridges around each corner. Its touristic center is the Basilica of Saint Mark (abutting the doge's palace) bedecked with glorious mosaics and marvelous statuary, and the Molo, the waterfront adjoining the southern end of the Piazza San Marco.
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