City Guide: Venice
Venice is a unique city in many regards. It is nowhere so easy to get totally lost – lost in admiring the stunning architecture, lost when strolling through the city on water, lost when seeing these cliché-gondolas and especially literally lost in Venice’s alleys. Venice definitely is special and here’s our city review!
Honestly, I don’t quite know where to start when it comes to the city of Venice. Venice is truly unique, Venice has flair and Venice has a lot of bridges of which I don’t know the number. Talking of bridges, there are dozens of canals which separate Venice. Or if you put it the other way round, there are dozens of bridges which connect Venice.
Grand Canal Venice
Even though there are probably uncountable small canals flowing through Venice, there is one canal which you will see most definitely: Grand Canal, better known as Canal Grande!
As this is the main waterway, Grand Canal is the biggest one in Venice. If you take the waterbus from the airport, you will most definitely get through Grand Canal on your way to the city center!
St. Mark’s Basilica
St. Mark’s Basilica is the most famous church in Venice, located right at Piazza San Marco.
Especially the opulent design and the gold ground mosaics are witnesses of the wealth and power of Venice since the 11th century.
Piazza San Marco
Probably the most vivid place in Venice is Piazza San Marco, often just called “Piazza”.
As far as I could see, Piazza San Marco is the religious, cultural and social center of Venice. Don’t be surprised when it gets busy there!
Doge’s Palace Venice
Since the 9th century, Doge’s Palace is the seat of the doge (surprise!) and of governmental and judicial bodies.
Apart from that, Doge’s Palace Venice is just an architectural highlight to die for!
Jewish Community of Venice
Since the Medieval Ages, the history of the Jewish Community of Venice has been well known.
Thus, it is definitely worth checking out the Jewish Ghetto and learn more about it on site.
Rialto Bridge Venice
Even though Grand Canal is the main waterway of the city of Venice, there are actually just four bridges spanning it.
Rialto Bridge is one of those and moreover the oldest one across the canal. Lucky as we are, there were restauration works going on when we visited Venice in December last year.
The Venetian Arsenal is no religious relic, but rather owned by the state.
Construction works started about 1104. Nowadays, the Venetian Arsenal is a complex of former shipyards and armories.
Other parts of Venice
What’s especially interesting is leaving the main part of the city and crossing Grand Canal in order to not only discover San Marco, but also San Polo.
Not only are there other interesting buildings like less pompous churches, but also is San Polo the more residential part of Venice which results in getting a more authentic feeling, not just the touristic corners.