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It takes a hefty dollop of audacity to build a city across 118 islands, with 170 canals and over 400 bridges connecting them, plus innumerable palazzi and campi (squares, only St Mark’s is a piazza), in the middle a lagoon, and yet successive generations of Venetians have done just that. There are very few places in the world that can claim as spectacular a natural setting as Venice, which is only enhanced by the mish-mash of architectural and cultural influences – from Roman to Byzantine and Ottoman – that makes the city a living and breathing work of art. St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square must be among the most visited spots in the world, and their breath-taking beauty is best appreciated at sunrise or after sunset once the hoards of tourists have returned to their hotels for the evening, safe in the knowledge that you’re seeing something truly special. (Gentlemen – or, for that matter, ladies – if you’re going to propose in Venice this would be the moment to drop to one knee!)
Romance aside, Venice is the ideal city for getting lost. Stray five minutes off the tourist trails and you will almost certainly be lost, but you’ll most likely have found a deserted campo (so called because they were once grassy spaces for grazing livestock) which feels almost like it did 500 years ago. You will uncover churches that are works of art in themselves, and you might even get lucky and stumble across one with an Old Master behind an altar. Should you want to get even further under the skin of this magical city, we have a raft of local guides who are experts in art, history and architecture on hand, as well as local chefs who can arrange private cooking classes to learn the secrets of Venetian cuisine. Anyone lucky enough to have eaten at Russell Norman’s popular Polpo restaurants in London will know quite how good the local food can get.
If you plan to visit Venice, don’t think that you have to stay there for a week! Venice is a small city and you can visit it in one day. If you want to visit also some museums, maybe you need two days. If you want to visit also the amazing Burano and Murano, where they make beautiful Glasses and Chandeliers, maybe you need three days but not more! Sometimes I have people that they want to stay in Venice for a week, and my question is :”WHY?”. Ok I know that Venice is beautiful and maybe for someone is the first and the last time that they can visit it but, after three days you don’t really know what you can see more.
While we’re on the subject of food (and this is Italy, after all), eating out in Venice can be more difficult than you’d imagine. Caffe Florian is iconic – and once the site of many an evening’s drinking session for Hemingway and Fitzgerald – and drinking bellinis in Harry’s Bar is probably just the right side of cliché, but both venues can be crowded and extortionately expensive. A better bet is to head away from St Marks to the tiny, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them local haunts, where everything is fresh, and made from whatever looked best at the market that morning, according to the recipe nonna (grandma) passed down from her nonna. Our Concierge will give you an insider steer on the best of these secret spots. Start with some chichetti (Venetian tapas) and a couple of Spritz Aperols (everyone’s favourite drink was invented in the Veneto) before whatever looks best from the menu and plenty of local wine and finally a late evening passeggiata around the labyrinthine streets until you eventually find yourself back at your hotel.
Away from the city itself, the outer islands, particularly Murano (famous for its beautiful hand-blown glass) and Burano (home to the brightly-painted houses of many an Instagram feed, and exquisite hand-made lace) are well worth a visit, if just for a late afternoon wander, and the Lido – where Venetians go for a day by the seaside – is great fun.
Things to do in Venice
Experience Venice in the most Venetian way possible: via a 35-minute shared gondola ride while being serenaded. Choose between an afternoon or evening ride and then hop on the six-person gondola by a gondolier who is clad in traditional garb. Then begin the ride, as part of a group of eight different gondolas, with a singer aboard one of the boats. In addition to the song being sun to you, enjoy the sites of Venice’s main landmarks, including the grand Canal and Palazzo Barberino.
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St. Mark’s Square
St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), often referred to as “the drawing room of Europe,” is one of the most famous squares in Italy. The geographic and cultural heart of Venice—with St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace at one end, the campanile in the center, and the colonnaded arcade topped by the Procuratie palaces lining three sides—this elegant piazza is also steeped in history. Settle in at one of the many coveted café tables and watch tourists (and pigeons) pose for photos while you sip a Bellini and soak in the square’s Renaissance splendor.
St. Mark’s Basilica
St. Mark’s Basilica is the crown jewel of Venice, one of the most sumptuous cities in the western world. This ornate cathedral blends elements of Gothic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Renaissance architecture—testimony to the city’s political and economic dominance that spanned centuries. Topped by soaring domes and with an interior of astonishing golden mosaics, the church is so opulent it is known as the Chiesa d’Oro, or the Golden Church. Construction began in 828, when the body of St. Mark was smuggled back to Venice from Alexandria; the church has been rebuilt, expanded, and delicately restored over the centuries.
The Rialto Bridge was the first to span Venice’s Grand Canal (Canal Grande) between its two highest points above sea level. The original 12th-century wooden bridge was replaced in 1592 by a stone structure resting on wooden pilings—a bold design by Antonio da Ponte featuring a single central arch over the water that allow ships to pass. Today, the bridge is among Italy’s most famous, carrying an endless stream of tourists and locals across the canal while countless gondolas and vaporetto water buses pass beneath.
The Palace of Doges is a significant historical site in Venice, with many travelers arriving to hear about the strict rule of the Venice Doges from an expert local guide. The site is most often visited on a two- to five-hour Venice tour and can be combined with a stop at St Mark’s Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges. Inside the palace, admire the many paintings by Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese, and climb the narrow staircases to visit the Doge’s apartments and the prison cells, as well as the ducal notary. Outside the palace is the Bridge of Sighs and the beautiful columns along the piazzetta.
The popular Secret Itineraries tour allow visitors, accompanied by a guide, into chambers of the palace not open to the general public. You’ll see the secret chancellery where the delicate work of governing was done, the secret archives, the torture room, and the cell from which the famous writer Giacomo Casanova made his escape.
The Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) is located next to St Mark’s Church in St Mark’s Square. The site is easily accessible by vaporetto (the public water taxi) on the Grand Canal or on foot.
Venice Jewish Ghetto
The Jewish ghetto is in Venice’s Cannaregio neighborhood. Take the vaporetto (water bus) to the Ponte delle Guglie stop on the Fondamenta di Cannaregio.
The Bridge of Sighs
How And When Visit Venice
The train is the best way to arrive in the center. Venice is not really a big city. If you want to go to San Marco Square, you can walk (30 minutes) from the train station! If you prefer, you can take the VAPORETTO (ferry boat) and get out at Rialto Station. After you had visited the famous bridge (Rialto Bridge) you have to walk 6 minutes to San Marco Square. Don’t worry, you can’t get lost in Venice! There are so many indications to arrive to the most important things. If you want to spend money, you can have a water taxi.
Best Period to Visit Venice
Waterborne Routes Venice
The public transportation in Venice is really expensive, Euro 7.50 for every single ride. If you want to use it, I suggest to buy the 1 day ticket Euro 20 (if you think that you are going to use the ferry more than 2 times). If you plan to stay in Venice for more than 1 day, you can buy 2 days ticket for Euro 30, 3 days ticket for Euro 40 and 7 days ticket for Euro 60.
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