The City of Venice is located on the coast in Southwest Florida about one hour south of Saint Petersburg. It was formerly known as Horse and Chaise, but settlers renamed it due to the many natural waterways.
Venice grew with the arrival of the railroad in 1925, but subsequently slowed with the 1929 stock market crash. The city gained a new life with an Army Air Base during WWII and the circus coming to town for its winter home in 1960.
Currently, the city of 25,000 features a lovely, historic downtown and many beautiful beaches. It is known as the “shark tooth capital of the world” and offers visitors many things to do, some of which I’ve listed below.EXPLORE!