Venice Travel Guide

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Gondola "driver" sees customers off

Gondola "driver" sees customers off

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Venice is best described by an aggregation of romantic adjectives that complete justice to the impeccable countenance and postcard beauty of the Italian stunner. The Venice 7 day itinerary gives visitors a helpful week-long plan to enjoy the attractions of this mesmerizing and quintessentially European destination.

Day 1-The Grand Canal

Take a vaporetto (traditional boat) and experience the grandeur and often documented beauty of the enchanting canal of Venice. Watch masterpieces of Renaissance architecture along with vintage administrative buildings and erstwhile homes and markets. The striking gondolas that pass through the canal waterways also provide a super romantic backdrop to the sightseeing session. There is the Ca' da Mosto, a structure with gorgeous round arches and Ca d’Oro, a Gothic edifice that radiates classic beauty and timeless elegance with its heavy Byzantine influences. There are several attractive Palazzos on the canal sightseeing trip including the celebrated Palazzo Corner and Grimani dj San Luca.

Day 2-St Mark’s Square

St Mark’s Square is the epicenter of tourist activity in Venice and is a landmark location for housing the foremost church and citadel in the city. The Basilica di San Marco and Palazzo’s foundations were laid on this buzzing Venice hotspot. The Basilica features a Byzantine relief molded in gold and embellished with expensive stones. The square has several street-side cafes and the Archeological Museum. Visit the Bell Tower, an imposing 97 meter architectural marvel erected in the mid 9 th century that provides a nice vista of the St. Mark Square and surrounding churches and homes. Move to the Clock Tower, another magnificent structure (located in San Marco) dominating the skyline of Venice. The structure was constructed in 15 th century and sports intricate bronze figures.

Day 3- Accademia   

Visit Accademia (located at Dorsoduro 1055)-a vast storehouse of one of the finest and rarest collection of art in Europe. The gallery traces exquisite art pieces from the 14 th century going up to the era of modern art and displays works of maestros like Giovanni Bellini, Paolo Veronese, Lorenzo Lotto, Tintoretto and many more. Move to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection to witness one of the most brilliant depictions of modern art amassed by a rich heiress. The contemporary art ghetto illustrates and traces art movements from Abstraction and Cubism to Surrealism and European.

Day 4- Murano Glass Factory

Visit the Murano Glass Factory and watch Venetian glassblowers blow and fire glass to lend it an artistic touch. Visitors can even book for a glassblowing learning session and take a tour of more than a dozen factories housed within the sprawling complex. There are about 45-50 shops in the factory that sell some of the most beautiful pieces of glass art.

Day 5- Rialto

Visit Rialto, a destination that plays to a largely tourist population. The foremost bridge on the Grand Canal was built at this commercial hub and has been reinstated by a fine-looking arch design of the  Antonio da Ponte. The place played host to a lively fruit and vegetable market in the 11th century that though not in existence today, has left its spirited and bustling appeal intact.

Day 6-Basilica Dei Frari

Visit the grand Gothic wonder that was erected in the late 14 th century and is popular today as the burial location of the Venetian artist Antonio Canova. The church displays marvelous pieces of art created by a gamut of artistic legends. Move to Palazzo Ducale, which is a nice marble Gothic structure that is the residence of the elected dukes. The mammoth edifice is a crown on Venice’s landscape and looks magnificent during sunset.

Day 7- Lido Island

 Make a trip to the swanky Lido Island, a 12 kilometer stretch of fine sand, featuring a host of activities like tennis, golf, horse-riding, clay-pigeon shooting and other recreational and entertainment attractions. There is an indoor games zone for kids along with an auditorium that hosts the International Film Festival held in the town in August-September.

 Venice is a picturesque montage of classic art, immortal beauty, Victorian sophistication and a seamless architectural heritage that draws hordes of tourists to the city that basks in the glow of timeless love and romance.

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This Venice Travel Guide will prepare you for your travels in Venice, Italy. Discover all the charm, beauty and history that Venice has to offer. Venice is the capital of Veneto and is located in Northern Italy. It is considered to be one of the world's most romantic destinations, making this a must-see on your travels through Europe.

Accommodations

Hotel Danieli: Hotel Danieli is conveniently located near major shopping centers and attractions. Adorned with marble and precious antiques, the hotel prides itself in luxury and comfort. With the most amazing views from the hotel restaurant, you may choose to dine in for every meal.

Hotel Excelsior: Hotel Excelsior is a luxurious yet affordable resort, located in Venice Lido. Activities include an array of water sports, including windsurfing. Two bars are on site, as well as three restaurants, including the Tropicana.

Places to Visit

Piazza San Marco: Piazza San Marco is one of the most visited places in Venice. Here you will find numerous shops with locally crafted items. Take in the view as you gaze at the incredible basilica. Stop in at one of the cafés, grab a drink and sit out on the terrace to enjoy the view.

Ponte di Rialto: The Ponte di Rialto was once the only way to cross the Canal Grande. Fish and fruit markets, along with souvenir shops can be found on and near the bridge. If you'd rather see the view from down below, why not take a gondola down the canal?

Chiesa di Santo Stefano: The Chiesa di Santo Stefano is a 13th century church that offers a feel of old Venetian architecture and a glimpse into history. Inside you will see a monument to Bartolomeo D'Alviano, along with beautiful paintings on display. One of the most known features of the church is the bell tower.

Nightlife, Music and Dancing

Harry's Bar: Harry's bar is enjoyed by both locals and tourists. While there try a cocktail, such as the Bellini. Enjoy coffee or dinner as well. Most bars in the area are open until 12 a.m., with some staying open later.

Casinos: There are two casinos located in Venice. The Casino Municipale di Venezia can be visited in the summer, while the Palazzo Vendramin Calergi can be visited in winter. Make sure to stop in and roll the dice with one of these two casinos.

Jazz: The Venice Jazz Club, Bacaro Jazz and Paradiso Perduto are popular places in Venice to hear live jazz music. The Venice Jazz Club also offers great wine with your entertainment and offers a student discount.

Clubs: Aida is a well known dance club with a disco feel. Agli Ormesini is a dance club and bar that stays open on the weekends until 2 a.m. With more than 600 brands of beer, the Agli Ormesini is often a favorite for locals and tourists.

A Romantic Getaway

Whether you're traveling to Venice for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Venice offers something for everyone. Wonderful culture, history and a breathtaking view make Venice one of the best hotspots for tourists.

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