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Venice and its Lagoon

Venedig, Italy

The Venetian Lagoon (Italian: Laguna di Venezia; Venetian: Łaguna de Venesia) is an enclosed bay of the Adriatic Sea, in northern Italy, in which the city of Venice is situated. Its name in the Italian and Venetian languages, Laguna Veneta—cognate of Latin lacus, "lake"—has provided the English name for an enclosed, shallow embayment of salt water, a lagoon. Founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others. Venice is a beautiful and lively city built on 118 islands and over 150 canals created by the Venice Lagoon. The Venice Lagoon is a natural marshland that covers an area of approximately 550 square kilometres. It is located north of the Adriatic Sea in the Gulf of Venice and is part of the marine ecosystem.

The lagoon is known for its diversity of flora and fauna and is home to more than 300 species of birds, fish, marine mammals and reptiles. It is an important habitat for many animal species and provides an important source of food for the inhabitants of Venice.

The lagoon is also known for its beauty, especially thanks to its endless canals that meander through the city and the countryside. It is also an ideal place for water sports such as sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. There are many ways to explore the Venice Lagoon, including boat tours that explore different parts of the lagoon.

The Venice Lagoon is a wonderful place to experience Venice and explore its unique ecosystem. It is one of the most visited destinations in the world and an important landmark of the city. Thanks to the beautiful canals and rich wildlife, the lagoon is a place to relax and admire the beauty of Venice.