Venice. Need we say more? A destination that has drawn all kinds of artists, romantics,travelers, seafarers, perhaps a pirate or two as well! A city that almost always finds its place in most bucket lists. A place famous for its enchanting gondola rides, world class opera and breathtaking art. There is something incredible about crossing the Venetian lagoon and laying your eyes on this city of marble palaces for the first time. It always manages to leave you spell bound and speechless.
The Big Picture
The canals are the most obvious highlight, but the city is also famous for the Saint Mark’s Basilica, one of the most impressive Renaissance-era architectural wonders in the world. Castello is known for its expensive palazzo hotels, while San Polo hosts the Scuola di San Rocco (home to the Tintoretto paintings) and the Santa Maria dei Frari church. Other places worth exploring include Dorsoduro, Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs, Piazza San Marco and Teatro La Fenice.
Time Your Holiday
Home to a roughly 260000 people, there are days when the tourists outnumber the locals by two to one. Even then, Venice never fails to enchant. The summer seasons are the most crowded, but that’s because the city is at its beautiful best in the summer months.
How to Get Around
Built across 116islands, water transport is your best bet of exploring Venice. You can rent your own gondola or choose from one of the water taxis plying the canals of the city. Walking is the best way of exploring each island. You often stumble across hidden cafes and secret passages that are just as compelling as the city itself.