Venice

The Floating City

In a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, with no roads, just the ‘City of Canals’. The ‘City of Mask’ is known for its marble palaces, bridges and narrow water ways that line the city. Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. The city of romance which is represented by the gondolas of Venice that is boats that take lovers through many canals. Undeniably romantic.

Venice Travel Tips: Top things to do 

Adventure

  • Canal Grande
  • Doge’s Palace
  • Basilica di San Marco
  • Ponte di Rialto
  • Gondola
  • St. Mark’s Square

Culture: 

The culture of this historic city is vibrant and intriguing. The city has been referenced in numerous films, songs, novels, poems, all of which have helped Venice spread its allure worldwide. Eminent playwrights and authors that have mentioned Venice in their works include Shakespeare, Anne Rice, Voltaire and many more. The city is famous for its Venetian Gothic architectural style, dating back to the 14th century. Doge’s Palace and the Ca’ d’Oro are some of the famous building sporting this style. Since the Middle Ages, the city has been a major centre of art. It is also the birthplace of the unique form of art known as Venetian School. The first canvases were developed in Venice, changing the face of the art of painting. Venice is also popular for Venetian glass, a type of ornate glass-work developed in the 13th century. Being a cultural hub of Italy throughout history, Venice played a significant role in the development of music.

During the medieval times, it was popularly known as the ‘Republic of Music’. The city is home to La Fenice (built in 1786), one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Venetians love their cultural festivals and food. Every year, the Carnival of Venice is held in here, when people wear the famed Venetian masks. Other festivals include the Venice Film Festival, the Venice Biennale, the Festa del Redentore. Etc. Venice is famous for its seafood, sweets and wine too.

Sights

  • Piazza San Marco
  • Saint Mark’s Basilica
  • Doge’s Palace
  • Burano
  • Grand Canal
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Murano
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • San Marco
  • San Marco Campanile
  • Venetian Lagoon
  • Teatro La Fenice

Notable Holidays and Festivals

  • Epiphany (Befana) –  January 6th
  • Easter Monday (Pasquetta)first Monday in April
  • Liberation Day and patron saint’s day (San Marco) – April 25th
  • Labour Day (Festa del Lavoro) –  May 1st
  • Assumption (Ferragosto) – August 15th
  • All Saints’ Day (Ognissanti) – November 1st