What images come to mind when you think of a trip to Venice? No doubt you imagine yourself taking a romantic gondola ride along narrow canals and under delicate bridges. Perhaps you picture the beautiful old buildings and famous works of art that have made the city one of Europe's leading tourist spots.
Venice was built on more than 100 islands and has about 150 canals. The best-known of these, the Grand Canal, functions as the"main street"in the part of the city most popular with visitors. The canal winds through each of the six districts that comprise this historic city center before reaching Venice Lagoon.
One of these districts, San Marco, is home to many of Venice's main attractions, including St. Mark's Basilica. This spectacular church has five main arches and some extraordinary onion-shaped domes. It is decorated with priceless treasures, many of which were stolen from other countries when medieval Venice was a leading sea power.
1. gondola n.平底船(航行于意大利威尼斯运河上)
2. Grand Canal n.大运河
3. lagoon n.礁湖；泻湖
4. San Marco n.圣马可
5. St. Mark's Basilica n.圣马可大教堂
6. arch n.拱门
7. dome n.圆屋顶
8. medieval adj.中世纪的
adj. fine in construction, appearance, or detail精致的
The girl was pretty; she had a delicate face.
n. creation; product作品；著作
When he finished the painting, he knew it was his greatest work.
v. to act; to serve发挥作用；运行
He can't afford to pay the rent, so for now, his car will also function as his home.
v. to curve; to turn蜿蜒
The road winds through the forest.
v. to be made up of组成
Seven colors comprise a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple.
adj. very valuable; so valuable as to be without a price无价的
Good health is priceless.
St. Mark's Basilica stands at one end of St. Mark's Square. Napoleon called the square the"finest drawing room in Europe."Tourists have been going there for centuries to visit its celebrated caféand get a taste of the party atmosphere.
The best time to visit Venice is during the clear spring days of March and April. From June to August, the city is hot, sticky, and crowded with tourists. Autumn is quite pleasant, but winters are cold. Floods are common in November and December, presenting Venetians with one of their most difficult and ongoing problems.
It is well-known that Venice faces an uncertain future. The city is sinkingsintosthe sea, its historic buildings are falling to pieces, and the famous lagoon is badly polluted. Unless solutions are found soon for these complex problems, the"Queen of the Adriatic,"as Venice is sometimes called, will not be able to sit on her watery throne for very much longer.
1. St. Mark's Square n.圣马可广场
2. drawing room n.客厅；休息室
3. Queen of the Adriatic n.亚得里亚海之皇后
St. Mark's Basilica stands at one end of St. Mark's Square.
(1) S + stand / sit / lie + in/at/on…… +地点
(2) S + be situated + in/at/on…… +地点be located
解析：表达"某(建)物坐落于…"可用上述两种句型。stand和sit这两个动词，通常用在直立的建筑物或物品，lie则用在平铺之物。注意：stand, sit, lie等动词要用主动用法；situate和locate须用被动语态。介词视其后所接名词决定。
例1：Beijing lies in the north of China.
例2：The white church was located on a hill.
Unless solutions are found soon for these complex problems, the"Queen of the Adriatic,"as Venice is sometimes called, will not be able to sit on her watery throne for very much longer.
(1) Unless + S + V …… , S + V……
(2) S + V …… unless + S + V ……
2. unless相当于"only if …… not"或"on the condition that ……"强调"除了…外的唯一条件"。
例1：Unless Grant is a complete idiot, he'll understand.除非格兰特是个完全的大白痴，不然他一定会明白。
例2：The kid will die unless the doctor operates immediately.除非医生马上动手术，不然那个孩子会马上死掉。