Visiting Venice is much as travelling back into time, as the city is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago. A spectacular, magical scenery build on the mud, sand and slime of a difficult landscape. It is for certain one of the few cities that can claim a heritage of priceless art and history. The best time to visit are the moths of February, March and April, as the temperate is perfect for sightseeing and the tourist crowds are low. Below you can find a list with top things to do and see.
10. Wandering the Streets and the Canals
What is surprising about Venice is the building structure, as it is a city build entirely on water, using a pole system. The floating city is flooded with tourist crowds all year long, so if you want to discover its true spirit I recommend you wander on the streets and just admire the building and mingle in the atmosphere. It is advisable to have a map with you, as one can easily get lost here.
9. Piazza San Marco
In St. Mark Square you can admire outstanding architecture, including St. Mark’s Basilica, which dates back to the 9th century. The square is actually the home of food begging pigeons that will land on your shoulder or head. The world famous Basilica San Marco is located here. If you are in love with beauty or art or both, you should visit the inside of the Basilica, as it is a unique marvel of Byzantine architecture. Take a walk in the square at sunset or night, as orchestras play for the outdoor restaurants, creating a unique romantic atmosphere.
8. Visit the Doge’s Palace
The Doge’s Palace or ‘Palazzo Ducale’ is a must see while in Venice as it will help one to understand and to value the city’s culture and history. It is located right next to St. Mark’s Basilica. With its splendid splendid perforation of the Gothic loggias , the palace is an great example of Venetian gothic architecture. Buy a tour and enjoy a walk across the Bridge of Sighs, visit the touture chambers and last but not least the secret passageways.
7. Visit the Rialto Bridge and Rialto Market
The most famous bridge to cross the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge is a photogenic stone arch which opens the way for Rialto Market. This food market is known for the fresh fish and it is a great spot to mingle with the locals, thus providing a fantastic flavor of the city. Moreover, here you can also find fresh vegetables and other groceries.
6. Take a Vaporetto or Gondola Ride
Although the prices are very spicy, it is an opportunities that should be seized. The Vaporetto stops allow you to catch boats to various other places. The moon lid will provide great photo opportunity and you will have another way of remembering this experience by. One can not say that it has visited Venice until it has tried riding a boat on the Grand Canal.
5. Visit the Academy Gallery
If the outside temperature it is too high, then you can find refuge in art in the Academy Gallery. The visit itself last for a couple of hours and to get to look at masterpieces of Venetian painting from 15th to the 18th century. The first room with its marvelous decorative ceiling impresses right from the beginning. In conclusion, if Venetian art is your thing, this is the place to go!
4. Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute
When entering St Mark Square, you can see the Basilica of Santa Maria, which stands on a narrow finger of land. It forms remind of the Classical Renaissance rather than of the classical Venetian style. The main entrance is richly decorated by statues of the four evangelists while the interior is complex, the design is simply remarkable.
3. Visit the Murano Glass Makers
One of Venice charms are the Murano Glass Makers. As you need to take home a souvenir, this might be just it. There are a lot of stores selling Murano glass in Venice, but if you want something exquisite you will most probably find one of the walks. Searching can be fun, especially as there is a wide variety of trinkets in the market area.
2. Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Of authentic beauty, this basilica is also referred to as “San Zanipolo’ and it is dedicated to the two brothers saints John and Paul martyrs at Rome in the 4th century. The vast interior contains many funerary monuments and paintings, as well as several monuments. To be more specific, no less than 25 former doges’ tombs are found here. From the interior, the most impressive part is the Chapel of the Rosary.
1. Take part in the Carnival
If you are in Venice in the period of Carnival you’ll find yourself in a festive atmosphere. Tourists come to Venice specially to take part to this event. If you want to join, just slip on a mask and enjoy the carnival! Let yourself seduced by the fancy dresses as well as of the mysterious masks. In this fairy atmosphere turns back the time to the 18th century.
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