The city of Venice, Florida, has a population of approximately a little over 20,000 residents. 20,000 is a decent size for a town in Florida and easily manageable. Like the sister city in Italy, the city center of Venice, Florida, is also surrounded by water.
While the Italians built their town on more than 100 small islands located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon and separated by canals, Florida’s Venice sits on one piece of land, surrounded by an artificial waterway, called “Intracoastal Waterway.”
No lagoon, no little islands, and very few canals - and no gondolier is singing heartbreaking songs while taking tourist on a gondola ride. So, Florida's Venice appears to be a little less romantic than its Italian counterpart but has to offer miles of beautiful beaches.
The median resident's age is on average 68 years in Venice, which is an indicator that Venice is clearly a retirement community. The whole area is about 17 square miles in size, with a significant portion of the city located on an island. The island is only accessible via three modern drawbridges. The artificial Intracoastal Waterway is actually the culprit that created the Venice Isle.
The historic district, the downtown area, the municipal airport, and all the beaches are located on the "Venice Isle." Commercial activity, accept from stores and the airport, are banned. There are no fast food or other chains or box stores on the island, only individually owned stores and shops are inviting tourists to pull out their credit card.
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Venice has a vibrant downtown area with small shops, boutiques, local coffee- and wine shops, bakeries, restaurants, and ice cream parlors. Grocery shopping, banks, and medical facilities are often within walking distance, but the big box stores and chains are all on the mainland. Come and experience historic Venice downtown with individually owned stores – absolutely no chains. Perfect!
The downtown area is also very active. There are often concerts, art exhibitions, parades, and other activities. Those events are attracting a lot of people from all over the county and beyond.
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