This week’s Friday Photo comes from Venice sunset.
Venice, the world’s only pedestrian city, is easily walkable, and the absence of cars makes this a particularly pleasant experience. It is one of the most mysterious and fascinating cities in Italy which is built-in a lagoon. The city of Venice has captured the imagination of visitors for more than a thousand years. This city is built on a series of slowly sinking islands, and rather than traditional roads, it is connected by a series of canals. In fact, no cars are allowed in Venice proper; all delivery and transportation is done either via boat or on foot. Venice’s long history as one of the richest and most powerful cities in Italy has left it with a wealth of attractions for contemporary visitors. From grand churches, romantic canals and palaces, there is something here to enchant any tourist.
Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), (San Marco Square)
Bell tower of St. Mark (Campanile di San Marco)
Clock tower (Torre dell’Orologio), (San Marco Square)
Jewish Ghetto of Venice
Canals of Venice
Take a Gondola if you can afford it. It’s expensive, but the Gondoliere may decrease the price if you ask (but they can also decrease the time…). Make sure you reach an agreement on price and time before you start!
Venice has some wonderful restaurants, featuring the cuisine of the Veneto. However it is widely regarded that the restaurants in Venice serve food of a quality and in quantities much lower than anywhere else in Italy. The pizza in Venice is well known as being the worst in Italy.
Diners should however be aware that for every genuinely wonderful restaurant or trattoria, there’s another serving rubbish food at inflated prices, especially in the most touristy streets around San Marco. Rule of thumb: if there’s a waiter outside pimping for business, it’s probably best avoided.
There are two late-night drinking areas in Venice. Piazza San Marco is not one of them. Although it is very pleasant and there are many people wandering around late. But the actual late night scene is in either Campo Santa Margherita, near the University Ca’ Foscari in Dorsoduro; or in Erbaria on the West side of the Rialto Bridge where the main vegetable market is held during the day.
Referred to as “The City of Water”, Venice is the crown jewel of water cities. Romantic gondolas and Italian architecture along the Grand Canal helped earn this status. Stitched together with over 150 canals that have become central to its character, Venice has decayed since its heyday and has more tourists than residents, but with its romantic charm it remains one of the top tourist attractions in Italy.