The Italian city is located on over 100 islands in the midst of a lagoon. Countless canals serve as roads here. The splendid historical buildings and its romantic charm is what attracts many tourists to Venice.
Venice and its lagoon have been a listed UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987.
The Council of Europe's constitutional watchdog - the Venice Commission - has admonished Poland once more for failing to unblock the work of the Constitutional Tribunal. Warsaw has one month to get its house in order.
Venice's ghetto has a long history of flourishing intellectual, artistic and spiritual identity. In spite of discrimination against jews, the ghetto has left a cultural and linguistic legacy. This year, the city is marking the ghetto's 500th anniversary with a rich programme of events, including the first staging of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, inside the Ghetto itself.