A city that is truly one of a kind, a romantic, mysterious and poetic place. Venice needs no introduction, given that it is one of the most visited places by tourists from all over the globe. Famous for its ancient and fascinating carnival, Venice offers visitors evocative views, artistic delights and a magical and surreal atmosphere.
Book a flight to Venice to experience a dream holiday, visiting places such as St. Mark's Square and its extraordinary Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs and also the ancient Jewish ghetto and the picturesque islands of Murano and Burano. Here are a few suggestions on what to see during a trip to Venice.
ST. MARK'S SQUARE
One of the most charming squares in the world, Napoleon called it "the most beautiful salon in Europe." Majestic and full of architectural wonders such as the extraordinary St. Mark's Cathedral, the Ducal Palace, the Campanile and St Mark's Clock Tower, you will find the city's historic cafes under its priceless porticoes; genuine cultural salons that over the centuries have been the perfect meeting places for nobles and intellectuals.
THE GRAND CANAL AND ITS BRIDGES
Venice's famous 'water road', the canal winds its way for 4 km through the city, tracing the shape of a large upside-down 'S'. It is also an open-air gallery, given the beauty of the palazzos that overlook the lagoon and the bridges that cross the canal itself, best admired on a boat trip or in one of the characteristic gondolas. Of the four bridges that connect the two sides of the canal, the most famous is the Rialto Bridge, which was initially built from wood before being rebuilt in stone in 1591 by the architect Da Ponte. The newest is Constitution Bridge, which was designed by the superstar architect Calatrava and combines the typical historic architecture of the city with a futuristic style. The other bridges are the Scalzi, which is located close to the train station, and the Accademia.
THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS
Along with the Rialto, the most famous bridge in Venice is the Bridge of Sighs, widely considered the most romantic location in the city. Made from Istrian stone and built in the Baroque style, the bridge was created so that prisoners could be moved from the rooms of the magistrate to the prisons of the Venetian Republic. Tradition dictates that the name comes from the last sigh of the condemned, who could admire the beauty of the lagoon from the high bridge before serving out their harsh sentence.
One of the most fascinating and historically rich neighbourhoods in Venice is the Jewish Ghetto, which is located in the Cannaregio district. It is the oldest ghetto in Europe. Characterised by tall, narrow buildings and dotted with synagogues and kosher restaurants, it is divided into the Ghetto Vecchio (Old Ghetto), the Ghetto Nuovo (New Ghetto) and the Ghetto Novissimo (Newest Ghetto), which despite its name is the oldest section. 'Ghetto' was actually the Jewish pronunciation of the word 'Geto', which in Venice referred to the foundry used to build the naval cannons.
During a trip to Venice, it's well worth taking the ferry to cross the canal to visit this picturesque island. The houses painted in a thousand different colours that reflect on the water, the historical bell tower and the relaxed and dreamlike atmosphere combine to create a timeless location.
For an original souvenir, make your way to this tiny archipelago of seven islands connected by bridges, a site of excellence for the production of glass objects. Enter one of the many artisan workshops to watch the work and see the ancient craft up close before taking one of their splendid creations home with you.
It's always a good time to visit the lagoon city, as clearly demonstrated by the enormous flow of tourists throughout the year. Book a flight to Venice for the spring to find the best weather for travelling by boat to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, while March is also the month of the Venetian New Year. The most important event, however, is undoubtedly the Carnival of Venice, one of the most famous carnivals in the world, along with Rio. It is a festival of traditional, beautiful, mysterious masks roaming throughout the city and offers a unique emotional experience. In the summer, there is the Festa del Redentore in July, while the prestigious Venice Film Festival is held in September, with international stars arriving at the Lido to present their films.
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