What’s the Allure?
Venice boasts grand architecture, romantic canals, sensuous art and an old-world charm that still resembles the city it was over 500 centuries ago. Visitors explore the winding streets and regal palazzi (palaces) much the same way they did in ancient times – on foot or by water traffic. Despite its infamous floods and the unfortunate resulting decay, this enchanting city continues to seduce admirers with its top-notch cuisine and trademark interiors. This strong dedication to its creative ancestry is one of the main reasons Venice remains one of the most visited destinations in Europe.
Points of Interest:
Venice is not just a city to be visited; it is one to be experienced. This can be achieved (to a certain degree) by getting lost in its ancient alleyways or simply by taking a touristy but delightful gondola ride – at least once. Follow this with a leisurely exploration of Venice’s many art galleries and monuments and you will find yourself transported back in time.
Although there are dozens of places to choose from, some worth noting include the lively Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) which features musicians, fantastic al fresco dining and the general hustle and bustle that comes with any popular attraction. Another “must-see” is the authentic open-air Rialto Market for some of the freshest produce, dairy, and fruit one could ever sample. Art lovers should consider a stop at Peggy Guggenheim’s impressive collection of artwork from around the world.
The main districts of Venice are known as “Sestieri” and also offer travelers plenty to see and enjoy. If you have the time and the inclination to do so, visit some of the other surrounding areas (118 islands in all) including the beach zone called Lido di Venezia or the brightly- colored architecture found at neighboring Burano.
Although there is certainly a lot to discover in Venice both by foot and by boat, it is seldom the same experience when the sun goes down and as it comes up again. To illustrate; taking a cruise at night means experiencing the canals and beautifully lit palazzos from a completely different perspective. On the other hand, if you take a walk in the early morning before the market opens and the tourists overwhelm the squares, you will witness the semi-private preparations and daily routines of the street performers and gondoliers at their most candid.
Why We Love it:
The multitude of artisans found in Venice from the world of art, food, music, and design is remarkable. Perhaps even more astonishing is the fact that all of this glorious creativity allows one to forgive the crowds of visitors at every turn as well as the damp odors caused by heavy rainfall and flooding. Venice is just that remarkable.