Visiting Venice is very much like travelling back in time, as the city is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago. A spectacular, magical scenery is built on a difficult landscape’s mud, sand and slime. It is for certain one of the few cities that can claim a heritage of priceless art and history. Plus, it is super easy to book a holiday to Venice online. The best time to visit are the months of February, March and April, as the temperate is perfect for sightseeing and the tourist crowds are low. Below you can find a list of ten of the top things to do and see in this historical place…
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 admire the building and mingle in the atmosphere. Having a map with you is advisable, as one can easily get lost here.
9. Piazza San Marco
In St. Mark Square, you can admire the 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 love beauty, 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 in Venice as it will help one understand and value the city’s culture and history. It is located right next to St. Mark’s Basilica. The palace is a great example of Venetian Gothic architecture with its splendid perforation of the Gothic loggias. Buy a tour and enjoy a walk across the Bridge of Sighs, visit the torture 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 is a great spot to mingle with the locals, thus providing a fantastic city flavour. 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 opportunity 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 I 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 marvellous 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. Its forms remind me of the Classical Renaissance rather than of the classical Venetian style. Statues of the four evangelists richly decorate the main entrance while the interior is complex, the design is simply remarkable.
3. Visit the Murano Glass Makers
One of Venice’s charms is 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 a wide variety of trinkets are 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, paintings, and 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 especially to take part in this event. If you want to join, slip on a mask and enjoy the carnival! Let yourself be seduced by the fancy dresses as well as the mysterious masks. In this fairy, the atmosphere turns back time to the 18th century.
If you consider that I have missed something important, I welcome your feedback so do let me know in the comments below.