This outstanding and romantic city with a population of nearly 60 thousand in the historic part used to be the capital of the Republic of Venice from 697 to 1797, a major financial and maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and an important centre of commerce and art. It is considered to have been the first real international financial centre which made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. The name Venice derives from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC. After being annexed by the Austrian Empire it became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.
Venice is famous for 350 gondolas and 400 gondoliers serve as city taxi drivers. Venetian folklore says that if a couple in a gondola kiss as they pass underneath each bridge they will remain in love forever.
Venice is home to more than 450 palaces. One of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture is the Palazzo Vendramin, a prestigious example of Venetian late Gothic architecture is the Ca’ d’Oro palace. Other »must-see« palaces are The Doge’s Palace, Palazzo Fortuny, Ca’ Rezzonico, Ca’ Pesaro that today serve as museums and universities. Important to mention is also the world-renowned 100-metres tall San Marco bell tower.
Interesting to mentions is that the first woman in the world to graduate was born in Venice in 1646 and also the first public casino in the world was opened in Venice in 1638. The city itself is believed to be sinking at a rate of 1 to 2 millimetres each year.
The tour starts in front of the Vic dorm. It takes about two and a half hours to reach the city. You will start with a city walking tour visiting the most important attractions like St. Mark’s square, Rialto Bridge and the Doge’s Palace. You will be able to discover the city on your own with some free time. You will return to Ljubljana in the late afternoon.