Venice, located in northeastern Italy, is a truly unique, fascinating city famous throughout the world for its beautiful canals, stunning architecture and rich history.
Also known as “La Serenissima”, this European destination is located on an archipelago of 118 islands connected by more than 400 bridges, so that instead of streets it has an extensive network of canals that make it one of the most romantic and picturesque cities in the world. Its Grand Canal, the city’s main waterway, circles the city and is lined with impressive palaces and elegant churches.
St. Mark’s Square is the heart of Venice and is home to the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, a magnificent example of Byzantine architecture, and the Doge’s Palace, a Gothic palace that used to be the seat of the Venetian government. This site is also known for its famous historic cafés and vibrant atmosphere.
There is no better way to get to know this destination than by exploring the labyrinths of narrow streets and passages to discover the charm of the lesser-known neighborhoods, such as Dorsoduro or Cannaregio, where you can explore small churches, picturesque squares and authentic Venetian sights.
It is also a city famous for its art, with a wealth of galleries and museums housing masterpieces by Venetian artists such as Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. Beyond its artistic and architectural heritage, the city is also famous for its culinary tradition and delicious dishes such as risotto al nero di seppia (black risotto with cuttlefish), sarde in saor (sardines in sweet pickled sauce) and the traditional spritz, a cocktail made with white wine or prosecco.
This Italian city captures the imagination and the heart of anyone who is lucky enough to visit it. To help you make the most of your trip, here are just a few of our recommendations of places you should visit:
- Mark’s Square: one of the city’s most iconic landmarks where you’ll find the impressive St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, along with the Bell Tower and the Bridge of Sighs. The square itself is a fantastic place to sit and admire the architecture and watch people going about their daily lives.
- Grand Canal: Venice’s main waterway that winds through the city. You can take a vaporetto (public boat) or a gondola for a picturesque ride along the canal, admiring the magnificent palaces and historic buildings that surround it.
- Rialto Bridge: this iconic stone bridge crosses the Grand Canal and is one of the most recognizable symbols of this destination. Not only does it feature impressive architecture, but it is also home to a large number of stores and market stalls where you can shop for souvenirs and local products.
- Mark’s Bell Tower: the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica offers a panoramic view of Venice. Climbing the almost 100-meter high tower will give you a breathtaking perspective of the city and its surroundings.
- Accademia Gallery: this museum houses a magnificent collection of Venetian art, including masterpieces by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. It is a must for art lovers.
- Murano Island: located a short distance from Venice, Murano is famous for its blown glass. Here you can visit the glass factories and see live demonstrations by master glass-makers, as well as purchase beautiful glass pieces as souvenirs.
- Burano Island: Another nearby island is Burano, which is known for its vibrantly colored houses and handmade lace. It is a lovely place for a stroll, exploring the picturesque streets as you soak up the authentic Venetian atmosphere.
This summer, discover this world-renowned tourist destination that captivates anyone who visits it with its timeless beauty and unique ambiance!