It is called the city of water, floating on small islands in the Adriatic Sea since 452 AD. The charming canals, bridges and piazza’s make this one of the most enchanting cities you’ll see in your life. Take your loved one by the hand and follow us on a romantic stroll through Venice.
The biggest piazza in Venice is the San Marco, with it’s famous bell tower. You’ll have to share the place with other tourists and pigeons, but by night its more calm and there are often orchestra’s playing. The pink-and-white building you see is the Doge’s Palace. While now it is a museum, it used to be the residence of the Doge, and it is connected with the dungeon through the Bridge of Sighs.
For a good view on European and American art of the first half of the 20th century be sure to visit the Peggy Guggenheim museum. In the garden you’ll find the grave of Mrs. Guggenheim, who is buried next to her beloved dogs (with interesting names such as Cappuccino, Gipsy and Hong Kong).
Do your shopping together with the locals at the market on campo Santa Margherita. Early morning you’ll find fish and vegetables, while on Saturday you can go souvenir hunting. Around here you’ll find the best pizzas at affordable prices. On Sunday, take a walk through the former Jewish ghetto. There are still quite some synagogues; the biggest is the Schola Spagnola, which has a beautiful decorated ceiling.
To cross the Grand Canal, take the Rialto bridge. In stead of looking at the shop stalls that line both sides of the bridge, enjoy the views of this busy canal. The round Santa Maria della Salute takes in a prominent place and is one of the most photographed churches in Italy. Inside the sacristy you’ll find a self-portrait of Tintoretto.
If you want to impress your spouse, negotiate a gondola ride through the canals. It’s the most romantic way of going around in Venice, but also expensive. Remember to pay extra if you want them to sing (or to make them shut up). If you prefer to spend the money on a night of drinking with your mates, have some cocktails at the Bacaro Jazz. Take note that happy hours is between 5 pm and 7.30 pm!
In February Venice presents its carnival. Dancing in the streets to the sound of popular songs, ballet, theatre and circus will be part of this event, and usually there is a special programme for children. Don’t forget your costume! Another important event is the Film festival (La Biennale). Want to go feed the pigeons on the San Marco square or just enjoy a romantic stay in the north of Italy? Book the best apartments in Venice, you’ll have a great time!