The Venetian Vacations
The City of Canals as we all know it-- Venice is one unique travel destination in Europe which attracts loads of travelers every year due to its amazing location, beautiful architecture, and romantic vibes. We all have secretly wished for that romantic gondola ride along the Venetian canals atleast once in our lifetime. In this post, I will share my experience of visiting this lovely city and exploring its main attractions.
1. Scratch the map
Venice, the capital of the Veneto region is situated in northern Italy at the northwest end of Adriatic Sea. It is built on a group of around 118 islands in the Venetian Lagoon. The spectacle of magnificent palaces, bell towers and gondolas indeed do full justice to the romantic image of this island city.
2. How to reach
What can be a better way to set your vacation mood by arriving at the Marco Polo airport of Venice and getting a glimpse of the beautiful lagoon as your flight touches the ground!!
Venice Marco Polo Airport
Leaving the airport in a water taxi
Crossing Murano (on the way to Lido)
Venice water taxi
3. Tour Highlights
Posing on the pier at Lido
Enjoying some yummy seafood
Sunset over the beach @Lido
A visit to Burano in northern Venetian lagoon is a must for posting those awesome Instagram pictures of the bright colourful houses adorning the canals of this island. The best way to explore this island is to simply stroll on your own and bump into the colourful surprises all around. It is also known for its beautiful lace work and of course the delicious buttery treats ‘Bussola’ (lovely butter cookies from Burano). Also, don’t miss to click a beautiful picture on the wooden bridge ‘Tre Ponti’ which is one of the best points to capture the vibrant surroundings of the island. We were staying at Lido from where line 14 ferry has a direct connection to Burano.
Glimpse of the charming island
The famous colourful houses @Burano
Wandering on the island
Indulging on the Bussola and many more
3.c Piazza San Marco
Venice main island (Piazza San Marco): Piazza San Marco or St. Mark’s Square is the most popular tourist area in Venice. This vast square has several famous historical attractions worth visiting and is also known for its amazing cafes. Enjoy sipping onto some coffee at a café in the square while marveling at the grand architecture all around. The live music at these cafes will surely add to the charm of the atmosphere.
San Zaccaria waterbus station
The famous Venetian gondola
Spectacular view of the island
View of San Giorgio Maggiore island
The Bell Tower- from the Square
The giant bells in the observation deck
View of the Square from the top
St Mark’s Basilica:
You simply can’t miss to visit this gorgeous church which as its name suggests houses the body of Saint Mark. With beautiful intricate interiors, large domes and amazing glittering mosaics, it is a visual treat to get a glimpse of Venetian history here. An interesting feature of the church’s façade are the four bronze horses (horses of San Marco) which seem to be ready to gallop off into the square below. They are said to represent the power of Venetian Republic.
St Mark's Basilica
Beautiful artwork inside the church
Altar in the church
Massive interior of the church
The most impressive architecture in Saint Mark’s square is undoubtedly the Doge’s Palace which was the official residence of the ruling Doge of Venice. The beautiful frescos, massive state rooms and assembly halls of this stunning palace are a reflection of Venice’s powerful and wealthy past. This palace also hosts one of the largest oil paintings of the world - Il Paradiso by Tintoretto.
Outside Doge's Palace
The massive interior
Admire the beautful frescos inside the palace
The Golden Staircase