Venice is one of the most beautiful places in the world and of course one of the best places to visit in Italy. Filled with romance and history, this city is made of narrow streets and canals, beautiful bridges and unforgettable views that you should see at least once in your lifetime.
Like any other popular destinations, The City of Water is always crowded with visitors and can be quite challenging, both financially and in terms of leisure. It can be rather difficult to see all the beauty that has made it so famous because of the traffic and the spicy prices, but there are always some tips and tricks that can ease your way through the city and make you fall in love at first sight with it.
Accommodation in Venice
For a great holiday in Venice you should consider choosing an accommodation that is relatively close to the touristic venues, not necessarily in the middle of the action. Walks are always a great idea in Venice, no matter the season or the time of the day, and this will also make you feel less of a tourist, and more of an authentic Italian. You will get to see the locals picking fresh fruits and vegetables from the market gondolas, the gondoliers parking their boats and sipping their morning espresso at small cafés and you will also get to feel all the smells and savors of the traditional Italian meals that are being prepared inside whilst you’re taking the stroll.
Don’t trust ONLY the guide books
You know what you should do? You should just buy a pocket dictionary and a detailed map, put your sunglasses on and wander these streets. They’re craving for your steps! This is available for the romantics, for the walkers, for those who love discovering tiny places filled with charm. But if you’re in love with your gadgets and you love being in control all the time, then you should download these apps:
- Museum Guides – Most museums have official and unofficial apps with lots of insider information and this is actually the first step you should take as a passionate art or history lover. Use these apps for a great guidance through all the touristic attractions of Italy, not only Venice.
- Word Reference – this is a free app that we absolutely love, especially when we are looking for a precise translation of a specific word. Keep in mind that Italians are not so good with English, so you will definitely need to use something more specific that Google Translate.
- Foodies by Gambero Rosso – this can be considered an expensive app, but not for nothing! It is a true Italian food and wine guide for the passionate foodies that would love to try anything from fancy restaurants to street food delicacies.
Fall in love with Venice
You should never ask yourself “If and where should you go to Italy”, but keep “Go to Italy!” as your statement of intentions and the rest will follow. Go and conquer it, fall in love with it, discover all of its flaws and treasures. Although it may sound strange for a holiday, you should consider getting up really early in the morning. Until around 8 a.m., the Queen of the Adriatic Sea is still dormant. With empty streets and just the hustle of the locals preparing for a new busy day, you can grab an early coffee and discover the raw beauty of Venice. This will make a perfect start and you will see this amazing place from a different perspective for the rest of the day.
Only by wandering its streets you will get to see the small details that make this city so loved. You will get to see all kinds of boats and to find out what are they all used for. There are ambulance boats, ice cream boats, produce market boats, flower shop boats, garbage boats and construction boats. One is carrying sweets, one is saving lives and one is offering romantic rides for newlyweds, golden senior lovers or young couples. It is amazing!
With every step taken you will see something different, something more beautiful than the previous, but you’ll confirm your love for Venice only after taking a night stroll. It is amazingly beautiful as all the lights are mirroring the water from the canals. Even the air is romantic, hugging all the magnificent buildings that look at themselves in the watery mirror as you walk by.
Touristic attractions in Venice
There are guidebooks and articles all over the Internet about the places you should visit while you’re in Venice, but your holiday plan depends on you and you only. It is all about your interests, your hobbies, your energy and love for arts or food or music.
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Here are some suggestions:
Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge in Venice and the main crossing place over the Grand Canal is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. It is usually full of both locals and tourists that are dying to see the exquisite Canale Grande which is always busy with beautiful gondolas and busy ferries.
St. Marco Square
Once you get here you can feel the history floating in the air. You can’t leave Venice without visiting the St. Marco Basilica, The Doge’s Palace and the Torre dell’Orologio. If you’re in love with taking pictures during holidays, then you can’t be missing the top of Campanile, which is the perfect spot for photos!
The Islands of Venetian Lagoon are also a must visit. You can take a tour to Murano and check out the Glass Museum, get lost in Burano, among tiny streets and colorfully painted houses, or visit the San Michele cemetery, a place wrapped in history and mystery. Keep in mind that there are one way free boat rides offered by the glass factories, a great way of saving the cost of getting there.
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