An ancient city rising from the Adriatic Sea and brimming with incredible examples of art and architecture, Venice is everything calm and beautiful. It is compact and crammed with interesting attractions. Built on 118 islands in a lagoon, it is decked up with wealthiest trading ports and lined by quaint canals.
Ditch the cars because here you will be travelling by boats and ferries, forget the sky-soaring architecture as you see the masterpieces from past, and drop the idea of shopping in malls while you shop in the antique shops, upscale designer stores and food outlets. Italy tourist visa is simple to get and you can set for a historic vacation.
Gondolas sailing, cafe-hopping, bridge selfies- finding yourself in a tussle on how to unfold that perfect holiday in Venice. We will help you to keep your itinerary intact with all the best things to do and best attractions to see-
1. Grand Canal (Canal Grande)
Venice is dominated by the crisscross canals accentuated by the magnificent bridges over it. Grand Canal is the ideal representative of all the canals and offers filmy, picturesque and gorgeous background. It is the major waterway of Venice, which is 3.8km long and spreads out in the entire city like a curving reverse ‘S’. In the day, the sun rays lit up the turquoise water and at night the ceiling and chandeliers create a remarkable impression. The canal is dotted with historic landmarks like Santa Maria Della Salute, Museum of 18th-Century Venice, Rialto Bridge, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, fish markets, shops and cafes.
2. The Salute (Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute)
Devoted to Mary, who was asked to free the city from the plague epidemic, the Salute is the most photographic church in Venice. You can discover this outstanding architecture from the entrance of the Grand Canal. Impressive dome, exquisite interior and collection from Renaissance makes it a splendid tour. What a finish in the design with the use of Istrian stone, marmorino, marble dust, wooden piles and white stones. You just hop off the gondola, and duck inside the church as it is free of charge, except the focal point, sacristy, which stores the unbelievable collection of paintings by Titian and Tintoretto.
3. St Mark’s Basilica (Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco)
This is a spellbinding piece of ancient architecture which has successfully stood from the 9th century AD. Renovated twice, this church of Roman’s catholic is beautifully embellished in the exterior and is filled with a large number of mosaic, enough to cover 1.5 American football fields. It is one of the most recognisable shrines because of the unique blend of eastern and western styles, influenced by Italo-Byzantine architecture. Grand entrances, oldest mosaic from 1270, geometric marble floors, columns adorned with gold and gems and astonishing paintings are the highlights.
4. St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)
This is an extraordinary experience as you sit in Venice’s largest square. Enclosed on three sides by amazing buildings and sprinkled with cafes, stalls, shops and restaurants, this is a perfect hangout place. This is the only square with ‘piazza’ in the city, a public marketplace where you and your friends can talk, drink wine, stroll around, have coffee and grab some snacks. You can spot the St. Mark’s Basilica and its campanile that you can ascend. Listen to the bells of San Marco, check out the National Archaeological Museum, and marvel at the Venetian Art in the Museo Correr.
5. Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
Another notable building that you can find while scrolling the city is the Doge’s Palace which was once the centre of government during the Venetian Republic as well as home to Doge. Before being reconstructed into a Byzantine-influenced palace, this was an old-styled fort with defensive towers. Today, it has arcade sculptures, Gothic spires and statues, giant staircase and ornate ceilings. In this intriguing museum, you can easily be lost in its collections. The paintings, statues, and architecture- all will concoct for a wonderful treat to your eyes.
6. Bridge of Sighs (Ponte de Sospiri)
A bridge that is famous not in Italy, but the entire world, the Bride of Sighs is designed and built-in 1600. Earlier, it was used as a part of the prison facility which led the prisoner to their respective cells in Prigioni Nuove from the examining rooms. And it was here through the tiny windows that the prisoners would see the incredible Venice for the last time and ‘sigh’. You can glide under it onto the boats through the canal that flows within it. Made out of the white limestone, striking design and parallel buildings attached to it on either side, give it an intrinsic characteristic. It symbolises romance in the city of love.
7. Burano Island
Fan of colourful buildings and homes? Hop onto a Vaporetto that whizzes through the charming areas and in 40-minute takes you to the Burano. The island looks radiant with buildings painted in various dazzling colours. It is these colourful fishermen’s cottage that people mandatory drop here and explore the sightings. It made easier for fishermen to recognise their homes even in the dense fog. With a population even less than 3,000, vivid fishing boats and photogenic backdrop, this place is famous from the time the women started to make the lace. The seafood is damn delicious with pasta and dolce as accompaniments which will melt in your mouth. You can continue the ferry to the two other happy islands- Murano is known for the finest glass while the Torcello has a large number of cathedral.
8. Academia Gallery of Venice (Gallerie Dell’Accademia)
If you are an art aficionado and find interests in history, this is one of the prestigious art galleries that would dictate the culture of Venice. The city has no dearth of museums and galleries, but this one deserves a shoutout because it stores rare paintings and all in chronological order, so that you can understand how art born out from Medieval period evolved. Some not-to-be-missed works in the hub are Michelangelo’s David and Slaves, Rape of the Sabines, and Cassoni Adimari.
Wanting to be a part of the mask festival? Well, Carnevale is one of the iconic European festivals. All you got to do is don a mask and a grand costume and revel in a huge parade. The parades are of various forms, be it the boat parties, street fairs, or ball dance, fun is unlimited. Venice is similarly home to several vibrant festivals, such as, grand Regatta Storica in September when boat racing is held, Festival of San Marco which honours Saint Mark, and International Festival of Contemporary Music in Sept-Oct to celebrate music.
Pasta and pizza are world-famous and the origin goes back to Italy. But if you want to taste something beyond these dishes, Venice is your perfect hunt for the gastronomical delight. Seafood is king. The quality and freshness of fishes that you would find here are unmatchable. The use of unique ingredients and different twists in cooking can surprise you. Polenta e Schie, Sarde in saor, Baccala Mantecato, Risi e Bisi, and Buranelli are a few scrumptious foods that you must dig into.
Doesn’t Venice look awe-inspiring? Go ahead and book your tickets for the next vacation.