Traveling only by foot or boat, you'll see all the magical details that make Venice an enchanting escape. From exploring the city's center at Piazza San Marco, to taking a gondola ride or marveling in the Venetian Renaissance art, you're sure to delight in it all.
Venice is one of those amazing cities that will surely make you a believer in fairy tales. Cars are not allowed, so the only way to get around the 1,500-year-old city is by foot or by water. Venice is a city known for its beauty and amazing architectural pieces, so viewing the city on foot or by water will allow you to embrace its magic.
Basilica San Marco
Venice is built on 117 small islands and has approximately 150 canals and 409 bridges of which, only three cross the Grand Canal which is considered the city's "main street". The Grand Canal passes through most of the districts as it twists along the length of Venice from the railway station to San Marco.
Venice's main water way is lined with historic Renaissance palaces and is a colorful and busy spectacle of gondolas and vaporetti. The vaporetto (water bus) is one of the most amazing methods of getting around Venice; you won't find many public transport routes as unforgettable as these. Then there is the classic, and very romantic, gondola ride or the traghetto which is a commuter gondola that crosses the Grand Canal at strategic points.
Although the city is particularly busy in the spring, especially around Easter, there are many activities to offer travelers year round. One of the best times of year to visit is late March into May, which will yield clear spring days and fewer crowds. September is also excellent in terms of the weather.
The attractions in Venice include many remarkable structures featuring impressive tapestries and paintings from the 5th to 6th century. The city is also known for its magnificent buildings and varied architecture.
If you are looking for upbeat bars and restaurants, head down to the area surrounding Campo di Santa Margarita in San Polo. There you will find Irish pubs, trendy bars, and just plain fun.
Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) - Venice's magnificent basilica was created in 832 AD to house the remains of St. Mark.
St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) - Undoubtedly the most photographed and famous plaza in Europe, St. Mark's is in the heart of the city.
Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) - This palace served as the senate house, administrative center, hall of justice, public archive and prison up until the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797.
St. Mary of the Friars (Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari) - Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars) houses many masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art.
Campanile di San Marco - originally built as a lighthouse to assist navigation in the lagoon, visitors can be brought by elevator to the top of St. Mark's Campanile or bell tower to enjoy incredible views of Venice, the lagoon and the Alps.
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