Falling in Love with Venice

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:23
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This charming city has always had that romantic flair with its narrow streets and little bridges, winding canals and cruising gondolas, no wonder they call her ‘Serenissima’ – “the most serene Republic of Venice.”  She has inspired the artists and poets for generations; she has a way of casting a spell on lovers and charms the visitor so much that she calls them back again and again.

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 It’s easy to fall in love with Venice, a cluster of tiny islands laced together by canals, bridges and narrow walkways.  Born in a lagoon 1,500 years ago, Venetians created a unique trading territory which became an important European trading empire.  Today Venice is a showcase for many tourists as they soak in this vibrant city that takes place on the water as well as in the streets.

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Shaped like a fish, the Grand Canal runs through the middle, starting at the mouth where the train station is and ending at St. Mark’s Square. The Rialto Bridge crosses over the Grand Canal where you can also find the Rialto open-air market, a 700 year old tradition of fresh fruits, vegetables and Mediterranean fish.

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There’s nothing more relaxing than taking a gondola ride, it’s a great way to discover Venice and its charming features.  These sleek black gondolas drift silently along romantic waterways taking you under charming bridges, through narrow picturesque canals, and even under the famous Bridge of Sighs. Drifting down the Grand Canal, which is lined with gorgeous buildings built between the 13th and 18th century, you will feel like you’re cruising through a painting. 

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Market stalls for tourists have just about every Venetian souvenir imaginable, from masks to mini-gondolas, delicate antiques to colorful glass knick-knacks. It’s easy to get lured into the souvenir trap, just remember you have to carry it home too. I always say the best souvenirs are photos with you in them.  

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Venice is rich in architecture and art, with spectacular palaces and churches, museums and art galleries and of course the magnificent Basilica di San Marco.  The cathedral’s glowing marble façade stands majestically in St. Mark’s Square for all to admire, and they do!  Hordes of tourists, especially in the summer surround this place and many tourists line up for hours to see the spectacular dome and mosaics inside, including historical and religious artifacts from the 11th century. In the evening many gather around St. Marks square to eat and be entertained or just walk around and enjoy serene Venice at night.

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It’s easy to get lost in Venice, which is a good thing because you can’t get too lost, you’re on an island.  There are many street corners that have signs to landmarks such as Rialto Bridge, San Marco and Ferrovia (train station), so be adventurous and escape the tourists, wander down some back streets and enjoy the quiet charm of Venice like the locals do.  You may come across a hidden corner with spectacular artwork, or an authentic restaurant or gorgeous urban landscapes, rambling through old Venice may end up being your favorite part of the trip.

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And speaking of the locals, I’ve often wondered about Venetians and how challenging it must be to live on an island, as everything must come in and out by water. I suppose that’s the magic of this place, it’s what defines the Venetian culture as boats are the means of transportation here. The waterways are their highways, boats are their traffic and there’s a lot of it.  The Grand Canal hosts water-buses (vaporetti) and private water taxis along with other motorized boats and outnumber the traditional poled gondolas that now serve tourists with scenic rides.  Barges journey along the canal delivering goods all through the city, garbage boats haul away the city’s trash, even funeral barges can be seen transporting their dead to Isola di San Michele, Venice’s cemetery since the early 19th century.  Of course like any other city, Venice has emergency services readily available but theirs traverse along the canal, as these siren-equipped police, fire and medical services are high-speed boats.  

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There really is no other city in the world like Venice.  It is known as the most romantic city in the world and if you get a chance to visit this magnificent place don’t forget to try their delicious Gelato…you will fall in love with that too!

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Comments

Venice is so romantic! It's so fun to get lost in the windy streets!