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Doge's Palace  
   

Doge's Palace

The grand old adminisrative center of Venice, facing on St. Mark's Square by the Basilica. On the left of the stairway is Mars, and on the right is Neptune, representing Venice's sovereignty over military might and the sea. At the top of the arch is a lion, symbol of Venice.
Venice

April 14th 2005
Venice was a blast. We cruised into its beautiful harbor early one morning and were greeted by a strange sight: a large beautiful city busy with foot traffic and boats along its waterfront, but not a vehicle in sight anywhere! Mile after mile of beautiful old buildings seemly perched directly atop the water, interspersed with canals alive with pole-driven gondolas, taxis (motorboats) and buses ( ... read more
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Italian Flag Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI establis... ... read more
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