Saturday, 14 July 2012

Travel destinations: Venice

 This Week I'm going to look at Venice. The city on water and housing the world's most artistic masterpieces per Km square. To truly experience Venice you need to forgo cars and roads for small streets and boats. With more bridges than you can walk over its definitely a 'walking city'.
Below is a view from the Rialto bridge, the most famous and I believe largest bridge in Venice, surrounded by shops selling masks and Murano Venetian glass, it's definitely worth a visit, but beware of Pick pockets in the crowded areas.



Theres so much to see, another attraction has to be the the Bridge of Sighs (as pictured above) said to be named after prisoner's sad sighs as they walked over it? Theres also the Doge's palace, the Doge, considered a kind of Mayor (but more important) of Venice, almost the Governor of Venice, back when it stood as its own city (and country) to the rest of Italy.

Of course any of the main iconic images of Venice involve gondalas, Italy's answer to punting, the gondalas are the ultimate cliche way to take a tour of Venice. They are beautiful and dotted aorund the city- be sure to look for them in the Grand Canal- with men in striped t-shirts (playing up to te stereotype!) waiting to take you around Venice. Be prepared to haggle though as they're expensive!
Finally theres San Marco Piazza, or St Mark's square. The most famous square in Venice  (think James bond, Casino Royale) full of pigeons and tourists, but also of artists and musicians and street performers. In Februaury you can see more masked people than normal as its Festival time! There is also San Marco Basilica, the church in St Mark's square, which was completed in 1617 and is beautiful on the outside and inside. As with other churches in Itlay, such as the Vatican, which I mentioned in my Rome post here, you will need to cover up certain areas, when entering.
For a trip away I would recommend about 4 or five days to completely see everything, but if you want to stay longer (and in the summer) theres the Lido of Venice, or Lido De Jesolo, a short boat ride away and with lovely sandy beaches.
There are two airports, Treviso or Marco Polo or the main station; Santa Lucia, which is near to the Grand Canal. It is very accessible and a beautiful city, more so than Paris, in my opinion.

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25 comments :

  1. We went to Venice as well! It is so beautiful there! Loved the visit! Haha indeed a lot of pigeons :D

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    1. Yes I think its so pretty there. I'd love to go in summer, as these were taken in February and it was very cold!
      Daniella x

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  2. Ah looks beautiful! I am deciding whether to go to Venice or Rome this summer haha :D

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    1. It is really beautiful - ah that's a tricky choice! They're both great- Do both :)

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  3. beautiful photos! I just went to Venice this summer, and it was everything I hoped it would be& more. definitely a place to visit:)

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    1. Thanks, I really want to go back as these were taken a few years ago now. I miss it :)

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  4. Amazing pictures! You have such a great talent :)

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    1. Thank you, that's so kind of you :)
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  6. These are great photos, I would love to visit Venice!

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    1. Thanks! I loved Venice, can't recommend it enough :)

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  7. Wonderful! I visited Venice a few years ago and remember it was absolutely beautiful (although the canals did smell quite a lot haha!) x

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    1. Ha yes I heard the canals can smell a bit, I think as I went when it was really cold they weren't so bad :)
      Daniella x

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  8. Lovely images and adorable blog!
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  9. those pictures are so lovely <3 i wish i was there.
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  10. Looks so gorgeous! I'd love to go there.

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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    1. It really is! It's so pretty I really want to go back :)
      Daniella x

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  11. Best blog!! And very interesting: P
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  12. looks sooo amazing! lovely photos. now i really wanna go to venice!
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    1. It is beautiful there, I totally recommend it as a place to visit!
      Daniella x

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  13. Such a colorful place. Perfect for a vacation. Congratulations!

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