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As designed by renowned city planner John Nolen in the 1920s as an Italian Renaissance village, Venice brings a touch of Classical Europe to Florida, its historic architecture a joyful tribute to the Mediterranean lifestyle. Compact and tropical, the city center – both business and residential – sits under the deep shade of tropical Royal Poinciana, banyan, and jacaranda trees. Antique shops and art galleries thrive in the downtown district, where it’s a short stroll to fine accommodations, including historic bed and breakfasts. It’s also a short walk to the beach, where you’ll see visitors and residents alike combing the sand with unusual ...

As designed by renowned city planner John Nolen in the 1920s as an Italian Renaissance village, Venice brings a touch of Classical Europe to Florida, its historic architecture a joyful tribute to the Mediterranean lifestyle. Compact and tropical, the city center – both business and residential – sits under the deep shade of tropical Royal Poinciana, banyan, and jacaranda trees. Antique shops and art galleries thrive in the downtown district, where it’s a short stroll to fine accommodations, including historic bed and breakfasts. It’s also a short walk to the beach, where you’ll see visitors and residents alike combing the sand with unusual devices made specially to scout out fossilized sharks teeth. While most activities are centered around Venice Island, the downtown district created by the Intracoastal Waterway, the eastern side of the city offers a return to the wild along the Myakka River. It’s a journey into Florida’s past along pristine palm-lined shores best seen from natural areas like Jelks Preserve and on a cruise or kayak trip from the popular Snook Haven fish camp, which is known for its funky Old Florida atmosphere.

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Sandra Friend has written 12 books about Florida, including the Explorer's Guide (Countryman Press) series to Florida.

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