By Sylvia Behnish
You will almost certainly get lost in Venice, even with a map. It is said that even the Venetians get lost when they get outside of their own immediate neighbourhood. But getting lost is half the fun, as long as you don’t have to be somewhere by a certain time.
On our visit to Venice, we went about it in the worst possible way. We set out looking for specific attractions which were difficult, if not almost impossible to find and wasted valuable time searching. It is much better to meander through the city because chances are you will stumble upon one, or more of the attractions and will see so many other wonderful things as well. According to seasoned tourists, there is no city in the world easier to get lost in than Venice. I would concur that it takes no effort whatsoever.
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By Sam Miller
Venice is a lovely and magical city where you can find lots of places to visit. It is no wonder that there are thousands of tourists that are heading to this area. Many of them are returning visitors as Venice has already captured their interests when it cast a spell unto them. Here, you will find different unique and unusual places in Venice that you will surely find interesting. When you go to this place, do not forget to visit them so that your stay will be more than complete.
One of the interesting and unusual places in Venice is the Bridge of Sighs or the Ponte de Sospiri. Not only is the name unusual but the entire place is exceptional as well. This is actually the place that connects the prison rooms to the Doge’s Palace where the interrogation room is located. Here, the convicts are allowed to get their last view of Venice City as they glance out the window. Another is the Campanile of San Marco, which is famous all over the world. If you want to go to the top of the building, you will need to pay for a small fee. Do not worry because it is surely worth your money as the 360 degree view is breathtaking. An interesting fact here is that this is not actually the original Campanile since it suddenly collapsed in the year 1902. Nevertheless, what we see now is an exact replica of what had been before.
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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!
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By Matthew Pressman
The Italian city of Venice is one of the most popular and iconic holiday destinations in the world, consisting of 118 small islands formed by about 150 canals in the marshy Venetian Lagoon, situated the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. World-famous for its canals, it remains remarkably unchanged in the last 400 years, with the majority of transportation in the city centre taking place on foot or on water.
With a history reaching back to the 9th century, the city prospered thanks to its capacity as a city of trade and by the 18th century it had become perhaps the most elegant and refined city in Europe, greatly influencing literature, art and architecture. Although it faced a decline following its capture by Napoleon it became a popular tourist destination and is a monument to the glory days of the Renaissance.
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By Lukas Johannes
The evocative city of Venice, which is shrouded by a network of murky lagoons and descending mists, has captured the imagination of generations of novelists. Once you get your first glimpse of the city during your Venice airport water taxi transfer, it won’t be hard to see why so many books have been set in and around its haunting alleyways, glistening lagoons and beautiful architecture. From light romantic fiction to some of the literary greats, Venice has been the setting for some of the world’s best known and most beloved stories.
The Merchant of Venice
The Great Bard himself, William Shakespeare, set one of his most famous plays in the Italian city. Written in the 1590s, this tragi-comic play is most famous for the character Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, and originally the work was titled The Jew of Venice. Now, Shakespeare, as legions of schoolchildren will tell you, is not exactly light reading, so maybe this complex play isn’t the best read to get stuck into during a breezy Venice airport water taxi transfer – so try reading it before you leave home instead.
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By Kris Shebel
This was my first time across the pond, so to speak. When taking the train into Italy from Munich, Germany, I noticed how the landscape had changed, from urban sprawl, to towering jagged mountains, to soft rolling hillsides. In Italy, the land seemed lush, and the buildings were…well….lets just say…well loved. Well loved is a maternal term. Mothers use it to describe their children’s preferred toy, favorite pair of jeans, beloved blanket, etc. The child’s favorite item was once a picture of perfection, beautiful and clean, and now, it looks like something you would fetch out of the garbage. But in your child’s eye it’s as beautiful as the day they received it. That sums Venice up for me.
When walking through the modern train station and down the sprawling steps to the vaporetto (water taxi) I was very tired and hungry. Then boarding the boat, I noticed how packed it was. So many travelers, business people, families, all crammed on to a wet, smelly boat. The stench of fish encompassed the boat. That pretty much stifled any appetite I had brewing. The murky water was nasty looking and the weather was rainy. Not what I had in mind for the most romantic city in the world. As we floated down the Grand Canal, I noticed that the buildings looked, for lack of a better term and using my 6 year-old daughters terminology, gross. Yes, gross. They appeared to be in a severe state of decay. The mortar is falling out from between the bricks. The plaster is crumbling and exposing the bricks underneath. The paint is peeling. My first impression was the city looks like a sea-side slum. I was in a state of complete and utter shock. I couldn’t believe for a moment that this sight I was taking in was supposed to be romantic? Are you kidding me? I’ve seen neighborhoods in Gary, Indiana that looked more romantic than this place. Much less, I’m on a stinky, smelly boat, packed in with 100 other people who look so depressed that at any moment they may decide to take matters into their own hands and jump overboard. I felt I was drifting along on a pointless journey in a glorified slum.
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By Kayleigh Lamb
Getting around in Venice
Moving across Venice and between the city and airports, can be a pricey business, although there are lots of travel passes and special offers help to keep prices down. There are lots of ways to trim down the cost however, before buying any ticket to travel, double check that it isn’t already covered by a certain travel pass or if you are entitled to some kind of discount.
There are some good ways to cut the costs and it can pay to organise your travel and other passes before you arrive, the veniceconnected.com website gives considerable discounts at non-peak times, but you must ensure that your pass is booked at least one week before you arrive.
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By John F. Rooney
When John Lazzatti and I reached Venice at the end of our Star Princess cruise, the ship sailed majestically up the lagoon past San Marco Square, and was the biggest structure in Venice while it was there. It docked south of the city, and we went back and forth to San Marco on a shuttle vaporetto. We spent the first night in Venice aboard the ship.
For our fist afternoon in Venice while still being housed aboard ship, we quickly found our hotel and headed for Harry’s Bar. We had two martinis each served in very small glasses. We tried one straight up and one on the rocks. There’s a small bar and a sprinkling of tables in a not very large room. I bought a copy of Arrigo Cipriani’s book called “Harry’s Bar, The Life and Times of the Legendary Venice Landmark.” The book was nineteen Euros and the four drinks were sixty-nine Euros, total $132.00. A later visit with one drink each cost us 56 Euros or $84.
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By Isla Campbell
A trip to Venice offers an unforgettable glimpse into life in one of the world’s most unique cities. Venice is made up of six main neighbourhoods, all separated by the Grand Canal. The heart of the city is considered to be San Marco which lies in the great lower bend of the Grand Canal.
Several of the ‘must-see’ parts of Venice can be found here and the key sights of San Marco are linked by three main thoroughfares which form a rough triangle: from the piazza San Marco to the Rialto Bridge, from the Rialto to the Accademia Bridge and from there back to the piazza.
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By Francisco Bachini
It may be known as the City of Water and the City of Light but as anyone who has been there in the height of summer season will know, it’s also the City of Tourists! I should know – I’m a Venice transfer driver, running airport transfers to Marco Polo and Treviso (the two main airports nearby), and I’m kept busy almost all year round.
Venice is one of the toughest cities to beat the crowds (14 million people visit each year), but it can be done, and the reward is well worth it – the medieval architecture and unique atmosphere of this canal city make it one of the most astonishing cities in the world, so if you want to enjoy Venice and avoid the crowds, read on for my tips to get off the beaten track…
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