If there is a city island where the delicate 16th century architecture meets its paradisiacal conditions of living on water – it is the one and only Venice.
Surrounded and guarded by its sister lagoon islands that are not less unique, Venice still holds it all: history, authenticity and traditions.
Enchanting with its intriguingly furrowed canals and magnificent squares with marble palaces that used to only be approachable by water, it is inevitably one of the most iconic landmark.
Luxury hotels or private apartments situated right on the canals and royal gondola rides through mysteriously narrow passageways or even the legendary Grand Canal, is what most attracts tourist from all parts of the world.
Venice spirit lays deep in the traditions. You will get a guaranteed throwback into early centuries, where the mystical grand Carnival used to play allowing people to go incognito wearing iconic masks. Accompanying your days with aperitif or espresso breaks is an ultimate italian relaxation habit. Not forgetting to mention Venice is home to the statement sparkling wine – Prosecco which will convert your trip into a real celebration.
Getting lost in the back streets of Venice is the main attraction of discovering the island. In fact, there is no need to get lost, because it will happen anyway. Small yet too big to discover Venice’s streets are only known by locals. Getting lost is the best way to explore and get introduced to the city. Of course, eventually, you will magically appear at the most impressive Renaissance masterpiece Piazza San Marco, which will gift you with a serious facelifting view.
Charming arced bridges will make you stop and stare at the surrounding Venetian Rococo while having the best gelato shot. The Famous Rialto Bridge and its selection captivating boutiques is a must cross over or under. Isn’t it all sounds so eclectic and romantic? The Simone confidently confirms Venice is undeniably one of the most romantic destination in Europe.
Not less entertaining are the surrounding Murano and Burano islands. Located in a short but enjoyable water bus rides from Venice, both will give you a chance to glance into Venice from aside and surprise you with their sights. Famous for its inspiringly coloured glass, Murano Island is a real charm. This is where the world known luxurious and crystal clear glass comes from. You can find more about this exclusive centuries old craft and its production process by visiting the glass factory, museum or having a sneak into various workshops. The Burano island is probably the most colourful place you’ll have ever seen. It’s picturesque houses are each brightly and differently painted and never the same next to each other. Here you will find out where the talented artisan ladies create the purest lace and embroideries.
Adorable miniature islands and are like Venice’s little sisters. Yes, they still have canals and boats. It is just that they are even more preserved and tell different stories. Find time to visit these gems and you will find yourself even closer to the Italian culture.
The heavenly fact that there is no cars and traffic is hard to believe. Approaching city by bus boat seems like a magical experience from the tiring everyday world. Romantic, eclectic and the singular one in the word, Venice is hard to compete and highly worth visiting.