Since I was little, I wanted to visit Venice, and I imagined how beautiful it should be, to walk through San Marco Square. But I was going to find out that reality was far more
Since I was little, I wanted to visit Venice, and I imagined how beautiful it should be, to walk through San Marco Square. But I was going to find out that reality was far more beautiful than thought. I did not even think I would get here. I was in Italy just to visit Milan. But the wind took me to Venice, the city of dreams. It was not hard for me to leave behind the magnificence of the Milan Central Station, and I quickly got on the train. I had the impression that the road was not over, and the impatience grew in me. But the train was going fast and getting me closer and closer to everything I wanted. I was approaching the train station, feeling the salty air of the Adriatic. Emotions grew inside me, as if all the feelings mingled. I was just curious to discover the place I always hoped for. I got to the station, and to my surprise I did not feel anything special. Some shops, people who were waiting for their train to take them away from the beautiful. I left the station behind, and then hit me: all the magic of this city. Tears flowed over the cheeks, rolling fast like a waterfall. A warm air, although it was winter, a clear sky though it was going to rain, and a living city that was born in the waters. In this contradictory setting, right under my eyes, Venice appeared! I immediately fell in love with this city! I was standing still on the edge of the canal, and I felt I could stay there for eternity.
As in the rest of Italy, in Venice, all the streets keep a story, from ancient times. Surely in this paradise is impossible to get bored.
Come to my gondola, take a stroll along the narrow canals of perhaps the most beautiful city in the world, and discover together the sights and magical atmosphere of this place. Let’s listen to the stories that the water tells us about old buildings, pigeons, doges and courtesans, and listen to the wind that preserves the memory of music and joy at ancient festivals.
But first you have to know:
- The city is divided into six parts called Sisters: Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Polo, San Marco, Cannaregio and Castello.
- There are 118 islands and 354 bridges. I can not believe it!!
- San Marco Square is one of the most beautiful in the world. Totally agree!!
- The Rialto Bridge was until the middle of the nineteenth century, the only bridge over the Grand Canal.
- Murano is perhaps the most famous island in Laguna, with an important tradition in crafting glass. Do you like Murano jewelery?
- Venice has the form of fish. Did not you know that? Hurry up and google it !!!
- It is forbidden to jump or swim in the canal, you can pay a fee of up to 500 €
- It is forbidden to feed pigeons, even if they are extremely cute and friendly.
- Acqua Alta is a higher tide than the usual one, which will grow slowly, will cover some parts of Venice for a few hours and then slowly disappear. Acqua Alta is a legendary phenomenon in Venice. That’s not good for business.
- Most canals in Venice are 1.5 to 2 m deep. The Grand Canal has a depth of about 5 m.
- The most effective way to cross Venice is to walk. So leave the heels at home and choose, comfortable shoes.
1. San Marco Square:
- The Dogs’ Palace
- Correr Museum
- Archaeological Museum
- The Monumental Chamber of the Marciana Library
2. Other museums:
- Rezzonico: Venice Museum of the 18th Century
- Palazzo Mocenigo: Museum of Textiles and Costumes
- Casa Carlo Goldoni: Museum and Library of Theater Studies
- As’ Pesaro: The International Gallery of Modern Art and Oriental Art
- Glass Museum: Murano Island
- Lamb’s Museum: Burano Island
- Museum of Natural History: Fontego dei Turchi
3. Museums NOT included in: Museum Pass / St. Mark’s Square Museums Pass:
- Clock Tower: San Marco Square
- Fortuny Museum: Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei
- The Casanova Museum
Below I gave you information about the Museums tax. More information about the museums you will find in the second part (soon).
Basilica of San Marco
The Basilica of San Marco, is a powerful symbol of the city, with a magnificent facade, and impressive interiors. Made in Byzantine style, it impresses with imposing mosaics that illustrate St. Mark’s life as well as New and Old Testament scenes.
Basilica della Salute
The Basilica della Salute is a 17th-century church full of meaning, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was built when Venice “was freed” by the plague. The architect Baldassare Longhena started building the church, but unfortunately died in the process of finishing the church. The façade is decorated with a set of statues that create a pleasant effect, and the octagonal interior is adorned with important paintings such as the altarpiece by Titian in the Sacristy.
- Daily: 9:00 – 12:00 / 15:00 – 17:30
You must also visit the following churches, which, although not of the same importance, are extremely beautiful and chic:
- BASILICA DEI FRARI
- SAN GIOVANNI ELEMOSINARIO
- SAN STAE
- SAN GIOBBE (closed for renovation)
Stay up to date with the visiting program and other information by clicking here!
Locals recommend you to lose yourself through the streets. Only that way you can really discover the charm of this place. Be careful, however, to have a map so you do not get lost because all the streets are quite similar to each other. Venice operates on a path-by-field basis: the streets turn into a small market and continue with other streets. It is a challenge and a real labyrinth. The streets are quite narrow, and on crowded days it is recommended to keep the right side (just like in traffic).
Things you need to do in Venice:
Buy a mask
Hold a dove in your hands
Try the gondola
Visit San Marco Square
Cross the Rialto Bridge
Learn about the history of Venetian music at Museo della Musica
Celebrate the Carnival
In the second part, I’m waiting for you with more information, about the sights and bridges in Venice! See you soon!