Who doesn’t want to travel to Venice?
This majestic capital of the Italian region of Veneto stretches over 117 islands in the Adriatic Lagoon and is entirely a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Throughout its history, it has led a number of artistic movements that have emerged as a rich naval force and have become the world’s first true international financial center, making it one of the most culturally interesting and by far the most beautiful cities in the world.
Take the original Bellini to Harry’s Bar
This delicious fusion of peach puree and Prosecco has found its way around the world, but few are better than the original, invented by bartender Gisueppe Cipriani in Venice in the 1930s.
Perform a vaporetto
Taking tickets to these little water taxis will give you a deeper idea of the huge size of the canal system, notice how Dad reaches parts of the city and most importantly gets the wind in your hair and truly experiences the coastal city. At just € 7 for 60 minutes of driving, this is a cheaper and faster option for gondola rides.
This Venetian version of tapas, served in a “bacari” (a kind of oyster), takes high-quality Italian ingredients and puts them on top of bread or traditional polenta. Combine them with a small glass of white wine called “Ombra” (“shadow”) and you’re like the locals.
Check the glass in Murano
Murano’s famous glass-blowing studios produce high-quality products that are in demand around the world, making it an amazing place to buy first-class souvenirs.
Experience the Basilica of San Marco
Probably the most beautiful church in all of Italy, it has three main chapels and more than six kilometers of mosaics, many of which are made entirely of gold.
You will become speechless after seeing the magnificent Pala D’Oro (golden altarpiece) jewelry: one of the most precious pieces in the world.
Join the Bridge of Sighs
This famous pedestrian-friendly white limestone bridge connects the new prison to the interrogation room of Doge’s Palace, and legend has it that the bridge is named after the sounds the prisoners would make to see their last glimpse of Venice before they were imprisoned.
Buy a painting / sketch from the Grand Canal
The “Amateur Painters” and Illustrators, who work along the Gran Canal next to St. Mark’s Square, are some of the most successful in the country – just remember to trade, as the original prices can be a little steep.
It’s not cheap for trips over € 50 or € 60 in high season, but few things are more Venetian than a twist on one of these classic boats, as the gondola serenates you in a traditional Italian song.
Venice’s largest square offers tremendous relief for claustrophobia and some of the city’s most significant buildings, including St. Mark’s Basilica and the famous bell tower. Just keep your wallet away, prices in the area will double from almost everything from ice cream to souvenir shirts.
Turn off GPS and get lost
Just use your GPS as a last resort: Venice is great for what you encounter and the fear of never returning to your hotel without going to a corner and succumbing to drying out.