Venice is a city in northeast Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges and is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks.
Venice is the capital of the Veneto region. In 2009, there were 270,098 people residing in Venice's comune. The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC.
The city was historically the capital of the Venetian Republic and has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Masks", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals".
Venice was described by Luigi Barzini in The New York Times as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man". Venice was also described by the Times Online as "being one of Europe's most romantic cities".
The city in its entirety is listed as World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon.