By Mimi Rippy
Venice has a romantic and alluring quality which is only enhanced by its tragic struggle against the water which has made it so famous. Hailed as the worlds’ most romantic city, Venice indulges its visitors with its enchanting landscapes and timeless architecture which never fail to inspire and excite.
Venice is a city like no other and offers completely unique sights and attractions. If its rich architectural collection does not tempt you then an authentic gondola ride down the Grand Canal definitely will. The Grand Canal is an ideal place to start your gondola ride and its banks offer a remarkable collection of architectural gems dating as far back as the 13th century. The mansions which are arranged along the edge of the canal offer a glimpse into the grandeur and flamboyance of Venice’s past while attesting to the city’s claim of unrivalled architectural examples of the Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantium eras. As well as cruising the Grand Canal, your Venice Gondola Ride will take you through the city’s backstreets. Your gondolier will use their local knowledge to highlight buildings of interest to tell you fascinating stories and trivia unknown to the guidebooks!
The iconic Rialto bridge, the oldest of the four bridges which cross the Grand Canal, has a strong romantic presence. You can sail under the Rialto bridge on your Venice Gondola ride or disembark to cross the river on foot, but be warned, the bridge is mostly steps and thus hard for the disabled to negotiate. Along the bridge you will find two rows of shops aimed at the tourist market, selling locally produced wares such as lace and glass goods. The Rialto Bridge is an ideal place for photos where you have amazing views of Venetian architecture as well as the gondolas whose musical harmonies resound below you as they sail pass.
With the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square kilometre, Venice is an art enthusiast’s heaven. It is home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of Europe’s premier museums devoted to modern art. A host of other art galleries and museums will keep you entertained for the duration of your Venetian visit, if you so desire.
Venice is not your typical metropolis and it is a truly beguiling experience to tour a city built on water where cars, congestion and traffic noise are all absent. The only way to tour Venice properly is on Venice Gondola rides. Cruising through the vast canal network, which in fact constitute Venice’s motorways, roads and streets, is a truly unique experience. A Venice gondola ride is the only way to see the city properly and your gondolier will take you wherever you wish to go and may even offer an operatic serenade to entertain you on your watery voyage. A Venice gondola ride serenade is a magical experience and you can be entertained by the soft Italian harmonies of your Venetian guide while you soak up the romantic atmosphere and beautiful surrounds.
Not all of the city can be explored by water though. St Mark’s Square sits in the heart of Venice and houses many of the city’s prime attractions. Doge’s Palace is a unique example of Venetian gothic architecture and dominates St Mark’s Square along with St. Mark’s basilica. St Mark’s square is a tourist hotspot and it is not hard to see why. The buildings in the square are truly magnificent and you can sit and admire them undisturbed by passing traffic or climb the bell tower to gain panoramic views of the whole city.
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