Sailing into the City of Gondolas

Italy trademarks the most beautiful places in the world. Venice situated in the Northern part of Italy is known as a city of romance, exuberant architecture, gondolas, and canals. The city is stretched across 117 small islands in between the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in the northern part of the country.

The most amazing experience will be either taking a gondola and sailing through the cozy Grand Canal or walking down the road and visiting ancient architectures.

Gondola tours in Venice

Piazza San Marco is the main attraction of tourists, situated in the heart of Venice. It houses Basilica San Marco, Museo Civico Corner, and Campanile. The most relinquishing fact about Venice is that you can gorge on your extra topped cheese piazza sitting outside the restaurant sitting by the Grand Canal.

Piazza San Marco

The fresh produce brought into the Mercato Rialto outdoor market also attracts tourists from all over the world. There are rows of vibrant fruits and vegetables being sold by vendors coming from their farms. While Marco Rialto is the outdoor market, Mercato del Pesce is the indoor market in Rialto and showcases different varieties of fish. Looking at the fresh fruits, veggies and fish one wonders they prefer to rent a house there rather than spending their money in the hotels!

Mercato Rialto

The Grand Canal, the main waterway in Venice, has beautiful gondolas sailing through the divided city Sestiari to the west and the east. Much of activities in Venice take place here surrounded by the mindblowing elegant facades of Palazzi. A must visit is the Basilica dei Frairi, Gothic Franciscan Church, constructed in the 14th century and is mostly known as the gravesite of Titan and Venetian sculptor Antonio Canova.

Grand canal Venice Italy

Explore the most famous School of St. Roch or the Gallerie dell’Academia, which is house to one of Europe’s finest art collections from the 14th to 18th century. A visit to the historic La Fenice Theater or the Jewish Getto, from where the word “Ghetto” is derived. The ghetto is a very lively place, and is home to five synagogues as well as many shops and restaurants.

La Fenice Theater

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection spans the artistic movements of European abstraction, Cubism and Surrealism, with notable works by Brancusi, Marino Marini, Kandinsky, Picasso, Magritte, Rothko, Max Ernst, and others. It is housed in the Palazzo of the wealthy American heiress and has now become one of the most illustrious collections of Italy’s fine art.

The Bell Tower situated in the Campanile di San Marco was built in the 9th century. It is the highest tower in Venice standing at 318 foot. Its breathtaking views of the cupolas of St. Mark’s, the lagoon, the neighboring islands, the red rooftops and the church dome of Venice, attract tourists from everywhere.  When the sky is clear the distant snow- capped peaks of Dolomite Mountains can be seen, yet strangely none of the canals in Venice can be noticed from that height.

Bell tower

While entering San Marco, the clock tower is one of the finest things to be seen. It towers above the Procuratie Vecchie. It was built in the year 1496. It is amazing to note that the clock mechanism of that period still records perfect time! The two big bronze figures, which are known as “Moors” are pivot to strike the hour.

Clock tower

Venice is an experience all by itself. It brings history alive and as you dawn into the ancient lands of Italy you are reminded about the ancient Roman Gods and Goddesses Mars, Aphrodite and Athena who have blessed the land with eternal beauty and perennial existence. Not to forget, one thing that you will learn about Venice is it is far expensive, but the trip is worth it!

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