Venice is a city in Italy and also the capital of the Veneto region. It has the most amazing areas in the world and some are among the loveliest.
The history of Venice began around 400 A.D. The first people to settle in the Venetian Lagoon were fearless men coming from the Italian mainland. This special city with its spectacular scenery isn’t just beautiful; it is a miracle of creative genius: a town built on sand, mud and the slime of the inhospitable landscape. Venice is the symbol of a wise government and liberty.
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Best Time To Move
When the city is deserted by vacationers, the best time is from September to November. The canals along with the reduced hotel rates make it worthwhile although the temperatures — ranging from the upper 30s necessitate some warm weather wears.
Top 20 Things
Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco, frequently known as St Mark’s Square in English, is the square of Venice. It is simply known as la Piazza (“the Square”). It’s a square dotted with trees. The square was split from the palace of the Rio Batario through a canal. Venice’s is among the best place to visit because of its scenic arcades of public buildings like the Basilica di San Marco’s sprawling arches and domes along with St. Mark’s Campanile. There are typically long lines but avoid it by joining our tours. St. Mark’s Square is a must-see with flooding Venetians and tourists alike.
The Doge’s Palace is a palace built in Venetian style and among the landmarks of the city of Venice. Views in the Venetian Lagoon give an impression — like it’s almost floating on top of the water to the Doge’s Palace. Doge’s Palace (or Palazzo Ducale) has witnessed a fascinating history in its function as the house of the doge (pioneer), the seat of government and the palace of justice.
Nowadays, the entry to the Doge’s Palace is through the Porta del Frumento on the waterfront side of the building.
Saint Mark’s Basilica
The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark (Italian: Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco), commonly known as Saint Mark’s Basilica, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. It is the most renowned church and one of the best-known examples of architecture of the city. It lies at the end of the Piazza San Marco, attached and adjoining to the Doge’s Palace. With its features that are assorted, such as five domes, turrets columns, and sparkling mosaics, Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice is a gem both indoors and outside.
The Rialto Bridge is just one of the four bridges. It is the line with the districts of San Polo and San Marco and is the bridge across the canal. The bridge is made from fairly steep flights of steps. The inner steps, opening inwards, divide from two balustraded flights that are outside. This isn’t a good spot unless you visit at the dead of night once the crowds are smaller if you are arranging a romantic proposal.
Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs is an enclosed bridge primarily composed of white limestone with windows of rock bars, passes over the Rio di Palazzo, also joins the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) into the interrogation rooms from the Doge’s Palace. The Bridge of Sighs has become a symbol of romance. Indeed, the Bridge of Sighs is a beautiful sight, extending high. It’s generally known among the best examples of bridge architecture.
Teatro La Fenice
If you are a fan of opera houses, try this Teatro La Fenice in Venice. It’s a well-known landmark in the Italian theater history and of opera as a whole. La Fenice especially became the site of most famous operatic premieres, it staged several of those four bel canto era composers–Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, and Verdi. The Teatro Fenice is best even for people whose musical tastes are classical. Daytime tours provide a view of a few of the most fascinating aspects of this historic structure.
The Galleria dell’Accademia is Venice painting museum. Make it to the Accademia if you have time for a single museum in Venice. The institution was initially set up in 1750 as an art school (below the name of Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, or the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice) the goal of which was to train students not only in painting but also in architecture and sculpture.
If you enjoy art — especially Renaissance art you’ll probably enjoy this museum. Travelers who enjoyed this museum were primarily art enthusiasts.
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari sometimes referred to as Frari, is among the churches in town. It stands at the Center of the district of San Polo around the Campo dei Frari. This basilica is essential for the Assunzione della Beata Vergine or called Assumption. The exterior is minimal in comparison with others since the Franciscans who constructed it wanted the building to emulate their beliefs to Saint Mark’s Basilica. The interior is a different story. Inside you’ll see works by Titian, Bellini, and Vivarini as well as some other famous artists, but for a lower price than the city museums.
Correr Civic Museum
Correr Civic Museum is located in St. Mark’s Square, Venice, and is among those 11 museums. The museum extends across the south side of the square on the top floors of this Procuratorie Nuove. Together with its varied and rich collections, the Museo Correr covers both the history and art of Venice. Many recent travelers reported how they ended up in the Correr Museum. People who got into the museum said they were surprised by how much they enjoyed the trip, considering it was not among their bucket lists. People who move in summer time be forewarned: there’s no air-conditioning. Prices are 20 euros (roughly $23.90) for adults and 13 euros (about $15.60) for kids 6 to 14. The opening starts 10 a.m. to 5-7 p.m. daily depending upon the season.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum on the Grand Canal from the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice. The collection is principally focused on the personal art collection of Peggy Guggenheim, former wife of artist Max Ernst and a piece of the mining magnate, Solomon R. Guggenheim.
Travelers agree the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is well worth the trip. Some visitors were keen to point out that getting to understand Peggy’s lifetime, on top of seeing her art, created the experience more unique than merely seeing any museum.
The Guggenheim Collection is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but closed on Tuesdays. Admission prices are 15 euros for adults (roughly $18) and 9 euros (about $10.80) for pupils younger than 26 and free for children younger than 10.
The Venetian Lagoon is an enclosed bay that lies along the Adriatic Sea. Its name came from the Italian and Venetian languages, Laguna Veneta–cognate of Latin lacus, “lake”–has supplied the international name for a shallow embayment of salt water, a lagoon.
Venice’s Lagoon is the section of a method of estuarine lagoons that in Roman times extended from Ravenna north to Trieste. The Lagoon has formed about six to seven thousand years ago when the upper coastal plain was flooded by the marine transgression following the Ice Age.
Lido di Venezia
The Lido, or Lido di Venezia, is an 11-kilometer sandbar in Venice; it is home to approximately 20,000 inhabitants. The Venice Film Festival takes place at the Lido each September. The Lido became a fashionable seaside resort around the late 19th century and also its more glorious times are depicted in Thomas Mann’s book Death in Venice.
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a construction in Venice. It is noted for its collection of paintings by Tintoretto, generally agreed to incorporate some of his best work. It is a special site, where over 60 paintings have been preserved at a construction that has undergone alteration in their original setting.
The confraternity is still active now, looking after its extraordinary patrimony as well as adhering to its duties that are traditional.
Murano Glass Museum
The Murano Glass Museum is a museum on the history of glass, situated on the island of Murano, just north of Venice. The museum is located in the Palazzo Giustinian. The palace was the home of the bishops of Torcello.
The Glass Museum became a part of the Venetian Civic Museums. Its collections were put under the guidance of Giulio Lorenzetti and Nino Barbantini who adopted contemporary standards concerning techniques. The museum’s collection was enlarged by the inclusion of the Correr, Cicogna, and Molin Collections that include, among other items, the Renaissance pieces in the museum.
Wander the Streets of Burano Island
Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon like Venice itself, it might more correctly be called an archipelago of four islands. It’s located near Torcello at the northern end of the Lagoon. The economy now is tourism as people arrive also to purchase goods and also for sightseeing. Picturesque Burano is famous for its brightly fishermen’s houses and its eateries serving seafood from the lagoon. The Museo del Merletto has displays on the growth of lace-making in the area, and shops sell lace products such as linens and clothes, as well as the neighborhood butter biscuits called “Bussolai Buranei.”
Giudecca’s island is popular with pupils and young professionals for pizzerias and the eateries on the promenade overlooking the lagoon. Molino Stucky, luxury hotel offers panoramic views from its stylish rooftop bar. Although the neo-Gothic Tre Oci palace shows modern art nearby, the Santissimo Redentore’s Palladio-designed Church has an interesting interior.
Giudecca gives you the opportunity for a good bargain. You can get organic fruit and veggies from women inmates on Fondamenta Delle Convertite every Thursdays. Spend lavishly on these Fortuny fabrics which are luxuriously hand-printed ($360 per meter) available at the Fondamenta San Biagio.
The Palazzo Fortuny is an art museum in San Marco. Palazzo Fortuny is one of the biggest palaces in Venice. These three vigorous facades are confronted on Calle Pesaro, Campo San Beneto, and Rio di Ca’ Michiel.
Palazzo Fortuny is open only when a particular exhibition occurs and does not have permanent displays even though it’s part of the Venice Civic Museums. The Fortuny fabrics, paintings spaces, and objects exhibits, as well as d’art, adorn the Palazzo Fortuny. There are Gothic windows and breathtaking rooftop views. You may catch a glimpse of the features of the Fortuny works and appreciate the construction with its faded fragments of carved beams fresco staircase, loggia, and courtyard.
Palazzo Fortuny is close to the vaporetto stop of Sant’ Angelo. It is rather tough to locate, being concealed between the primary Rialto – Accademia thoroughfare along with the Grand Canal. Go to the front entrance and find the Benedetto or the Campo San Beneto, take a turn and find a signage with Campo Manin and Campo Sant’Angelo on it. Admission charges changes depending on display; discounts are also given to students, Venice card holders, elderly and etc.
Fact is, like traveling in New York’s Central Park by hansom cab, a gondola cruise is Venice’s own version.
Venice’s town sets rates for gondola rides, at $80 for 40 minutes. Added 20-minute increments are $40. After 7 p.m., the lowest rate soars to $100, with $50 for an additional 20 minutes. A gondola can be shared by up to six people.
Gondola fares are regular and set officially. Prices can go higher although these would be the least fares for a standard gondola ride. Most fares are higher at night.
Many people advocate taking a gondola ride on the silent back canals rather than about the crowded Grand Canal. If you would like to ride on the Grand Canal, a vaporetto is less expensive. Riding on canals outside the main tourist area allows you to see a view of Venice and there won’t be bumper to bumper gondolas.
Choose a gondola stop you want to go. If you’d like back canals, walk several blocks off the primary road (and away from San Marco) to look for a gondolier.
The Venetian Ghetto was Venice’s area in which Jews were forced to live by the Venetian Republic’s authorities. The English term “ghetto” is derived from the Jewish ghetto in Venice.
Like most of the islands which make up Venice, water completely surrounded the ghetto. Both access points were controlled at night and early morning by significant gates manned by Christian guards (paid for by the Jews), both shielding and segregating its own inhabitants.
Aside from its historical attraction, the Ghetto can also be among the less touristy areas in Venice (even though it is becoming a bit of a nightspot) and is still a pleasant place for a stroll.
The ghetto includes an open square surrounded by “skyscrapers” on three sides. The lack of space in the ghetto led to many buildings using as many as seven tales (with no elevator).
Even though you can walk around this tranquil precinct day and night, the very best way to genuinely experience the Ghetto is to choose one of the guided tours of all of the synagogues offered by this Museo Ebraico, leaving hourly from 10.30am.
Campanile di San Marco
This specific bell tower was built as a replica of its 15th-century original. A stage was provided for the demonstration of the telescope of Galileo Galilei; it functioned as a platform for tightrope walkers.
The bell-tower of the basilica is the greatest building in Venice, at 99 meters, and it’s open to the public who can enjoy the views over the city.
The tower crumbled to the ground in 1902: not an uncommon fate for Venetian buildings, that are very old and built on sand and wood foundations. None was killed beside a cat, and a replica was completed with that typical philosophy: com’era, dov’age: as it was, in which it had been. The first model dated back to the ninth century; the current look covers after sixteenth-century design.
Experience Venice, surely you’ll be enchanted to its beauty and you might want to come back.