By Kaloian Santos
The "Queen of the Adriatic," the "Serenissima" or the "City of Canals": that is how the beautiful Venice is also known, recognized as one of the most important tourist centers in the world and also a great cultural center that hosts internationally renowned events such as the Biennale of Art and Architecture or the Italian Film Festival.
With a population of fifty thousand inhabitants and visited every year by forty million tourists, the rides along its channels on board a gondola, to have a cup of coffee in the San Marcos square, visit the namesake Basilica or have a personal picture on the Rialto bridge, the oldest on the Grand Canal, are well known.
But there are many other attractions of this city that inspired the rebirth of painters like Tiziano Vecellio or Tintoretto. Perhaps one of the greatest pleasures in Venice is discovering it while walking along its streets and passages.
"Even disorientation is a virtue; getting lost in the labyrinth of its walks, away from the most frequented places, helps discovering new beauties and stories. The body of the city repeats and exalts the body of the citizen, guides it, makes his steps and voices resound, accompanies him along bridges, canals and squares with a harmonious grace, unique in the world," says Salvatore Settis, an archaeologist and art historian, the president of the scientific council of the the Louvre Museum and author of the book If Venice dies.