Venice is a marvel of floating marble palaces built on more than a 100 small islands. Set in a lagoon in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, it’s famous around the world for its lack of roads. The city is surrounded by a network of misty waterways. The city provides a quiet and serene departure from the noise and pollution of most cities.
The first thing to do in this romantic city is to take a ride on the Gondola (the local mode of transport). Exploring the city through its canals is an unforgettable experience with its old world charm. With virtually the same structure for 600 years, it’s like taking a ride through history.
The architecture of Venice is breathtaking. The main thoroughfare of the city is the Grand Canal which is lined with remarkable structures echoing the Gothic and Renaissance heritage. The most famous place to visit is St. Mark’s Basilica,a true marvel with 800 years of stunning architecture and 85,000 square meters of glittering mosaics.You can watch the gold leaves glimpse as the sun sets over the building.
The city center is also home to the Palazzo Ducale, a monumental edifice built with pink marble. To get inside its halls, you have to climb beautiful staircases lined with 24 karat gold. The Piazza in the middle of the center is the perfect place to soak up some sun and have a relaxing walk.
The narrow and quaint little streets are very tourist friendly. It’s within these streets that run throughout the city that you can find some of the best places to eat. The Italian cuisine is hearty and full of flavor. A must have local delight is the ‘Cichetti’. A Venetian tradition, it is considered the best food in the city. They are small plates of food with a range of flavor varieties to choose from. Usually served in small cafes and bars, these are the cheap and delicious way to get a taste of the local cuisine.
Of course a trip to Venice cannot be complete without experiencing the local art. The city provided inspiration to Renaissance painters such as Bellini, Titian and Carpaccio. Their masterpieces are displayed all over the city. You can shop for one-of-a-kind creations made by local artisans which express Venice’s originality.
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