Enchanting, majestic, serene, Venice is like no other place in the world. No other city has been built on a lagoon that with each year gently is sinking at the rate of 1 – 2mm a year.
What draws so many tourists each year to visit the multitude of palaces and art collections? Why did the famous Peggy Guggenheim decide to retire here and open her own art gallery filled with the likes of Picasso, Dali, and other masterpieces?
In one word, “serenity” - stepping back in time when this grand city was one of the most powerful commercial trading powerhouses in all of Europe. Homes were majestic palaces built right on the canals to service the wealthy traders as well as to provide their living style of luxury and comfort. Great Renaissance painters were commissioned to adorn their walls. Living in such luxury and style Venetians were the envy of Europe.
Canals are your roads, and a variety of small boats will assist in navigating your way through this enchanting world. For the romantic embarking on a Gondola to transverse the city and canals is a must – especially when you will be serenaded by your captain.
Some of the most famous must see destinations include:
The palace, built in Venetian Gothic style, was the dwelling of the Doge, the supreme authority of the Venice Republic.
You'll visit the lavish Doge's Apartments with their magnificent decorated rooms, the spacious enclosed courtyards and also the Doge’s Palace terrible dungeons. There are many masterpieces of famous artists, such as Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto.
Visit the ancient entrance of the Doge's Palace, the Giants' Staircase with the two statues of Mars and Neptune, the Lodge Atrium, the famous Golden Staircase with the marble statues of Atlas and Hercules, and the Institutional Chambers.
Walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs, that connects the Doge's Palace to the prisons. The bridge was built in 1614 and its nickname refers sadly to the convicts who exhaled their last breath in freedom, before reaching the prisons of Venice.
Sculptures and ceramics that represent Venetian material culture throughout the centuries. Art collection of Baron Giorgio Franchetti.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
She put together modern art from such famous artists as Duchamp, Picasso, Kandinsky, Dali.
St. Mark's Basilica
The most famous church in Venice purpose to house St. Mark's relics. Magnificent architecture blending architecture styles of the east and west.
St. Marks Bell Tower
At the center of St. Mark's Square. You can go to the top and on the hour you can see the chiming of the bells!
Santa Maria della Salute
Magnificent basilica near the Grand Canal. With the devastation of the plaque taking thousands of lives this basilica was built to ask for help to heal and protect the inhabitants of Venice.
Main canal to navigate across the city.
Don't forget to indulge in tasting the fresh Cicchetti at your bar. Combined with wine and good company you will enjoy your day.
The famous celebration which brings in the New Year. Generally in January or February so a visit though full of tourists it is a spectacular event.
Enjoy your stay and though expensive, I would recommend staying in a hotel right on the canal to enjoy the ambiance of this enchanting city!
May 19, 2016