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Venice

Italy

There are many cities that claim to be 'like' Venice, but none can match the beauty of this northern Italian city. Set in the marshes off the mainland coast, this unbelievable ancient settlement appears to float on top of the canals crossing through it. With space severely limited, every buiding is a masterpiece with grand palaces and churches showing off the classical Venetian gothic style.

These islands set in the Venetian marshland lagoon were home to one of the most powerful kingdoms during the Middle Ages playing one of the key roles in Christian crusades including the eventual sacking of Constantinople. The signs of an Empire that stretched from northern Italy to the island of Crete are evident in the opulence shown throughout the city. The museums hold some of the world's most prized artworks and the Piazza San Marco is guaranteed to leave you breathless.

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