Visiting the city, built on the water…Venice, Italy!

Aaaahhh, Venice.

It’s a line we have heard in the movies by Indiana Jones, or of many others over the years.  The city of Venice is rich in history and culture.

Venice is the city of art and literature, it’s a magical scenery, built on a lagoon. It is the capital city of the Veneto region, across 118 small islands that are separated by canals while bridges link them.

It is the world’s only pedestrian city and is easily walkable. The absence of vehicles on the streets, make it an altogether different and pleasant experience. So, put on your most comfortable pair of footwear and brush up your memory skills before travelling, as getting lost in it’s beautiful streets is quite a common occurrence among tourists. You can also opt for the water buses (vaporetti) and water taxis. The vaporetti are much cheaper and “Vaporetto dell’Arte” is most famous among tourists.

Water is the best way to get here. Marco Polo Airport is the closest airport. You can opt for a bus, train, cycle, water taxi or water bus from Marco Polo to Venice. However, travel light as you  have to carry your luggage from the station/ port to your hotel. Book your stay in advance and you may also opt for luggage assistance, at extra costs.

Tourism in Venice is booming and with nearly 20 million tourists each year, it is now one of the leading tourist destinations. Maximum tourist attractions like the Doge’s Palace, Bell Tower of St. Mark, Clock Tower (all situated at San Marco Square), Scuola grande di San Rocco, the Jewish Ghetto of Venice and innumerable churches and museums are situated in the districts of Dorsoduro, Castello, Cannaregio, San Polo, Santa Croce and San Marco. Do not miss out on the gandola ride and Romantic Dinner Cruise. A cheaper option to the gandola ride, is the “Traghetto” on the Grand Canal.

Venice is famous for articles like masks, jewelry, costumes, laces, shawls, leather good, antiques, t-shirts etc. The Rialto Market and Rialto Bridge on San Polo are comparatively less expensive markets. Events like the annual boat marathon (Voga Longa), the Regata ‘Storica, Venice International Film Festival, Carnival of Venice etc. are also hosted here

The busiest and most expensive time here is April- June, September and October. November- January is a quieter and colder period. The temperature here varies from 3°C in January to 23°C in July.

So, ditch your heels and excess luggage and make sure you get lost in the narrow streets and magnificent squares of this romantic city and encounter the true, living magic that this city gloriously enchants!

 

 

 

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