“I will never forget experiencing Venice for the first time. It feels like you are transported to another time – the art, music, food and pure romance in the air is like no other place.” – Elizabeth Berkley
Venice is known as the “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City”, the “City of Canals” and many more terms. This Italian city is built on water and there is no other place quite like it!
Venice is a small, pedestrian friendly city, and there are just 2 ways to go around it…by boat or by walking. It has gorgeous canals and you can go by public ferry known as the vaporetto or around the grand canal in a gondola or by private boat excursions.
Here are some of the things you can do while you get lost in the streets or the canals of Venice.
1) Go on a gondola ride. Some say it is not worth it because a gondola ride is so expensive. So before you go, check out the price here. view here for 2019 price
2) Roam St Mark’s Square in the heart of Venice. This is an iconic square where the St Mark’s Basilica is located. As you can see in the photos below, walking around is a struggle with all the people taking photos and casually strolling. But what architecture 👍🏼 soooo amazing!
3) Go inside the Saint Mark’s Basilica – visiting Venice won’t be complete without seeing this beautiful church . However, it is a shame that taking photos is not allowed inside the basilica.
You can take your camera in as long as you don’t use it.
4) See the Doge’s Palace, an ornate Gothic palace building coloured pink and white. It used to be a palace of residence of the Doge of Venice, but is now a museum.
5) Absorb the beauty of the Grand Canal, the main water way through Venice. The banks of the canal are lined with buildings which date back to the 13th to 18th century.
6) View the Bridge of Sighs is an enclosed bridge made of white limestone, built during the early 17th century. It is one of the most significant bridges in Venice. It is part of the government’s prison facility. There Bridge of Sighs was a name given by an English poet, Lord Byron, describing it as the last point where condemned prisoners could see the beautiful city of Venice before they were brought to their execution.
7) Climb the St Mark’s Campanile. The Campanile is a bell tower that dominates the Venice skyline. I recommend going up by elevator to see the best view of the city.
This is what can be seen when you are on top of the campanille.
8) See the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute commonly known as Salute, is a Roman Catholic church prominently positioned near the entrance to the Grand Canal.
9) Cruise along the Venetian lagoon and see different islands, some inhabited, some with ruins and I heard that there is even one that is haunted.
10) You can visit the Punta della Dogana Art museum. It is the triangular area where the Grand Canal meets the Giudecca canal.
11) Go to Guidecca Island where you can see the Church of Santissimo Redentore. Guidecca is a peaceful island with 10 remarkable buildings
12) Walk the winding streets of Venice and be in awe of the texture of the buildings.
NOTE: You are not allowed to sit on restaurant chairs without ordering anything. We were rudely told off 🤪
13) Venice is also known as the “City of Masks”. Search for the masked and costumed ladies in stilts along the way. The Carnivalle is an annual festival in Venice where people from all over the world dress up and wear masks. But when we were there, even if it wasn’t time of the festival, you can see people wearing costumes on stilts and lots of masks. It is so festive and I love it!
14) Enjoy lunch while viewing the people passing by and be one with the locals. but there’s a catch:
NOTE: Beware of expensive food in the St Mark’s Square. I know it can be relaxing and you will feel that you are really in Venice… but Guess how much this small pizza and a small tomato on toast plus 2 tiny bottles of iced tea? I am not making excuses but we were there on a very hot day so maybe that is why prices has gone up. 🤦🏻♀️ So be aware of the prices first before ordering anything!
In one word, Venice is bewitching!
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