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The name Venezuela is a diminutive of Venice, that is to say little Venice, and has its origin in the lake constructions of the indigenous people in Lake Maracaibo.
Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a country located in the northern part of South America, made up of a continental area and a large number of islands and islets in the Caribbean Sea, whose capital and largest urban agglomeration is the city of Caracas.
It has a territorial extension of 916,445 km². The continental territory is bordered to the north by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, to the west by Colombia, to the south by Brazil and to the east by Guyana. With the latter country, the Venezuelan State maintains a claim on 159,542 km² of territory west of the Essequibo River, this area is known as Guayana Esequiba or Area in Claim.
Due to its maritime spaces, it exercises sovereignty over 71,295 km² of territorial sea, 22,224 km² in its contiguous zone, 471,507 km² of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean under the concept of exclusive economic zone, and 99,889 km² of continental shelf. This marine zone borders those of thirteen States.
The country has a very high biodiversity and ranks seventh on the world list of nations with the highest number of species. There are habitats ranging from the Andes mountains in the west to the rainforest of the Amazon basin in the south, through the extensive plains of the Llanos, the Caribbean coast and the Orinoco river delta in the east.
The name Venezuela means Little Venice
Venice (in Italian Venezia [veˈnɛʦːi̯a] and in Veneto Venèsia [veˈn ensi va]) is a city located in the northeast of Italy. It is also the capital of the Venetian region and the province of Venice.
Its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is located on a group of islands in the Venetian Lagoon, in the north of the Adriatic Sea. Its geographical peculiarity, as well as its millenary history and its rich monumental and artistic heritage, have made Venice one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
The city is built on an archipelago of 118 small islands (if we include the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello), almost all of them linked together by 455 bridges and includes six districts or municipalità on the mainland (terraferma veneziana) where the majority live of the population; about 60 thousand inhabitants in the insular center and 200 thousand on the mainland.
The center of Venice is reached by the Liberty Bridge, which from the neighboring town of Mestre accesses Piazzale Roma. In the interior of the city there is no road traffic, being, with the exception of the navigation through the channels that separate the islands, a completely pedestrian city. Collective transport is carried out by ferry boats known as vaporettos. They are in charge of the municipal company ACTV.
Its canals make up a great network of streets that start from the Grand Canal, a great road through which a multitude of boats, large and small, pass, the best known of which are the so-called gondolas.
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