Must do in Venice, Italy!
Venice is one of the most enchanted places that I have visited full of history, architecture, and art. Venice is part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage list due to its unique archeological, cultural, historical, and artistic legacy making it a must place to visit.
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Venice or Venezia (how is known by people from Venice) is also known as the “City of Bridges”, “City of Canals, and “Floating City” due to the many bridges it has to get from one side to the other. In the first picture, you can see Ponte di Rialto one of the most famous bridges in Venice. (Rialto bridge). If you are looking for a traditional Venetian mask like they use in the carnival of Venice you are in luck, one of the oldest mask makers Sergio Boldrin is located 9 minutes away from Ponte di Rialto in La Bottega Dei Mascareri.
Languages? If you don’t speak Italian don’t worry you are in luck. Venice is one of the most tourist places I have visited in Italy. When I went to the restaurants, I was very surprised when the waiter asked me if I wanted the menu in Spanish, English, or Italian. I also noticed that they had the menu in Chinese and French. What impressed me the most was hearing a waiter speaking 4 languages: Italian, Spanish, French, and English to the customers sitting nearby my table. Hey, I speak Spanish, English and some Italian words to get me by but not as easily as those waiters did switching their language from one table to another without getting a little confused was very impressive.
How do you get to the hotels in the old city from the airport? That was one of the main questions I had before arriving in Venice. After doing some research I found out that you can either take a bus from the airport to the main plaza area where the buses park (this is the only place where cars and buses can drive into Venice). Once you arrive at the only place cars can park you have to walk over the bridge to get to the hotels or you can take a Vaporetto the city public water bus to the hotel. The other option which I think is the coolest is to get a private or shared water taxi from the airport to the hotel. In a shared water taxi, you will be sharing the small boat with a few people making the fare cheaper than getting a private one just for yourself. The coolest thing about doing the water taxi is that they will pick you up at the airport and drop you off right in front of your hotel if the hotel has a private dock.
What to do? One of the most tourists places in Venice is Piazza San Marco also known as St. Mark Square. It’s very busy as you can see in the second picture. It has many restaurants you can choose from, and some have live music. If you want to get a view of the whole city, I recommend you get tickets for the St. Marks Campanile the Bell tower. You will get the best views of the whole city and the lagoon from the top of the tower. If you like museums and like to tour some of the oldest buildings, you are in luck, there are a few museums in Venice and also you can do a tour to go inside St. Mark’s Basilica and Dodge’s Palace.
Also, I recommend doing a gondola ride. The gondolier that we had took us around some of the buildings that were featured in movies like The Italian Job.
What’s nearby Venice? Murano and Burano are islands nearby Venice just a water taxi, private boat, or guided tour away. In this Murano, Burano, and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour you get to visit the three smaller islands and also get to visit a glass-blowing factory at Murano. Murano is well known around the world for their Murano glass an old form of creating glass from heat and molding it to make windows, chandeliers, vases, and other home decorating items. After doing the tour I learned that the Murano glass is mainly created by a Maestro with the help of 4 to 6 assistants. It was amazing seeing the Maestro do some of the Murano glass in front of us. After the presentation, they gave us a tour of the galley and showed us their magnificent creations both old and new Murano style. After Murano, we took a water taxi to Burano one of the most colorful places I have seen. The houses in Burano are all painted on the exterior with different colors as you can see in the fourth picture above. Burano is very pretty and can be explored in half a day.
What to eat? Due to Venice being near the Adriatic Sea you will find many restaurants serving local fish and seafood. We had Frutti di Marre one of my favorite Italian dishes. It had spaghetti and lobster with other seafood in a tomato sauce. This type of dish pasta with seafood is very popular in Venice restaurants. You can see the plate above in the third picture. Mussels, shrimp, whole fish, and other pan-seared fishes are also very common in restaurants. If you don’t like seafood don’t worry you will find pizza and non-seafood dishes in some restaurants, pizzerias, and trattorias which are smaller restaurants serving simple food. If you would like to do a guided food tour you can take this Venice Street Food Tour with Local Guide with Local Food Market Visit
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