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5 things not to miss in Venice

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The city of Venice with more tourists than residents is one of the most romantic and charming places in the world. The history of Republic of Venice dates back to the 9th century since when it prospered mainly on trade. Today, Venice is another Renaissance monument full of sights to admire. You won’t regret visiting Venice also in the summer, although the best weather for a travel is in March. In the summer it might be very hot and the canals smell. In the colder months you should be prepared for “acqua alta” (high water) when the water level rises above the level of the streets flooding them.

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Walking around

Walking in the world’s only city without cars is a pleasant experience. Venice is not that big and the walk from one end to another takes only a few hours. And it is also a nice way how to explore the city for free. Where else would be a walk more romantic than in a city with no cars, but full of canals with gondolas. This walk is definitely worth to be one of the things you cannot miss when exploring Venice.

Enjoying the canals

If you are tired of walking the city use vaporetti (water buses) or water taxis to go from one place to another. They substitute cars and buses, but they are also a big attraction for tourists. For a romantic ride on the canals take a gondola ride. No woman can imagine a more beautiful evening ride with her boyfriend or husband than a sunset gondola ride.

Churches in Venice

As in all Italian towns, there are many churches also in Venice. Saint Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) in Piazza San Marco is one of the must see sights. San Giovanni e Paolo is a huge Dominican church with tombs of many Doges (Venetian senators). When planning to visit more than 3 churches you should think of buying a churches pass.

Museums in Venice

When visiting Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) don’t miss the Secret Itinerary guided tour where you can discover also Casanova’s jail. Correr Museum houses a collection of globes starting from the 16th century, Roman antiques and a picture gallery. Jewish ghetto is nowadays still very lively. Venice is home to five synagogues and a Jewish Museum. Galleria dell’Accademia di Venezia is one of the most significant art museums in Italy and definitely one of the highlights of your travel.

Rialto market

The Rialto Bridge is one of Venetian most recognizable sights with a history of over 800 years. In San Polo district is the Rialto market, that is slightly less expensive than the one in Piazza San Marco. You can find there a farmer’s market, but also shops and small restaurants.

 

Hotels in Venice

Hotel Belle Epoque-roomHotel Belle Epoque
Average Price: €45
Average Rating: 8.2

Hotel Antico Panada-roomHotel Antico Panada
Average Price: €46
Average Rating: 7.9

Hotel Centauro-roomHotel Centauro
Average Price: €35
Average Rating: 8.1

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Venere Travel Blog writer gabriela ordenana

Gabriela Ordenana is an Ecuadorian freelance travel writer currently living at Oahu, Hawaii. She loves traveling around the world and has lived in Europe for many years.

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  1. Lisa says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Can’t miss bar hopping from wine bar to wine bar! That’s the best!


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