Venice or as Italians say Venezia, is one city not to be missed when visiting Italy. Separated by 118 small islands all linked together by canals and bridges, Venice is a city unlike any other. Nowadays the city is said to be sinking due to rising tides, however this has not stopped Venice from being one of the most popular Italian cities to visit.
Venice offers much to tourists in terms of history, architecture, food and souvenirs, so here are 7 things you must do when visiting Venice:-
Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal
A city connected by bridges and canals means that ways of getting around this city are limited. Jump on one of the many Gondola’s, drink some champagne, admire the city from the water all whilst having your gondolier sing in Italian as he steers you through the canal streets. Prices increase at night however, gondola’s can seat 6 people so you can split the cost between you or indulge in a private gondola to yourself.
Piazzo San Marco
Commonly referred to as Saint Marks Square, is the main public square in Venice. It is here you will find many of the attractions on this list such as St. Marks Basilica, Doge’s Palace and St. Marks Campanile. There are restaurants and cafe’s to grab a meal and enjoy the beautiful buildings in the square.
The Rialto Bridge is one of 4 bridges spanning the Grand Canal and is the oldest of the bridges being the dividing line between the districts of San Marco and San Palo. Constructed in 1591, this bridge has become one of the main icons and attractions of Venice and is one of the best spots to capture some amazing photos of the Grand Canal and Venice life.
Watch Glass-Blowing in Murano
Famous for its glass making, Murano is one of the islands in Venice not to be missed. With incredible glass sculptures and jewellery, in many places you can pay and watch glass blowing and how these incredible Murano glass sculptures are made. Perfect gifts for friends and family or treat yourself, just be careful not to break these incredible glass items.
Or Palazzo Ducale in Italian, is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Venice. Located in Piazzo San Marco, Doge’s Palace was the office building for the Doge and more recently, is a public museum featuring insight into the old Venetian Republic including the Doge Apartments, The Courtyard and Loggias, The Prison and The Armouries from this era and building. Entry is 16€ for the Palace or 20€ for the Secret Itineraries tour which is a guided tour into the rooms and chambers where important Venetian Administrative work was carried out.
Saint Marks Basilica
Located in Piazzo San Marco, St Marks Basilica is a Roman Catholic cathedral church and one of the most incredible pieces of architecture in Venice. It is also commonly known as the Church of Gold due to its golden statues and mosaics that feature on exterior and interior of the church. Guided tours are available for around 4 € and keep reading for information about the church’s bell tower.
St. Marks Campanile
Also known as Campanile di San Marco in Italian, is the bell tower of the St. Marks Basilica and is over 90 metres tall (over 320 feet). It is a one of the most recognisable icons in Venice and rightly so as it was reconstructed in 1912 due to its collapse in 1902. The 5 bells chime every hour and for as little as 6€ you can climb to the top of the bell tower for an incredible view of Venice and its surrounds.
And there you have it. Some of the absolute must see and do attractions in Venice. It can get quite hot in Summer here and since it is a canal city, the still water and heat can attract many mosquitos so come prepared if visiting this time of year.
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