Queen of the Adriatic
Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venesia or Venexia) is a city in northern Italy, the capital of the region Veneto. Venice lies in a protected lagoon at the north end of the Adriatic Sea. It is often cited as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city stretches across 118 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Piave (north) Rivers. It is built on wooden pilings almost appears to be afloat, some 160 canals provide transportation routes within the city.