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The Top 10 Things to Do in Venice Italy
Venice, one of Italy’s most famous tourist attractions, has a long history, an abundance of art, and a maze of canals to explore. That’s why this city has so much to offer in terms of entertainment and sightseeing. Our list includes must-see attractions like as the Bridge of Sighs, the Campanile, and more.
Visit the Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs, one of Venice’s most renowned architectural treasures, is located near Piazza San Marco in the city’s center. As part of the Doge’s Palace prison complex, criminals were forced to cross it after they got their punishment from the Doge’s questioning chambers to the New Prison. So many people sighed as they crossed the bridge, accepting their impending doom. It was the final sight they’d see before being imprisoned. Today, the bridge has a far more positive meaning, as seen by the throngs of people that visit to admire its stunning architecture each year.
Go to the Venetian Ghetto
One of the best things to do in Venice is to go to the Jewish District. The Venetian Republic limited Jews to this part of the city in 1516, creating the world’s first ghetto (the term ghetto is derived from the Venetian word for foundry). Many synagogues, restaurants, bakeries, and a museum exist in the region today, making it a valuable cultural and historical resource. There is still a sizable Jewish community in the area.
Explore Piazza San Marco
There are four important attractions in this square: The Basilica di San Marco (a Byzantine masterpiece), the Torre dell’Orologio, the Campanile, and the Doge’s Palace, a gothic palace that served as the Venetian Republic’s administrative headquarters. Venetians brave the acqua alta (high water) by wading in thigh-high rain boots across the grand plaza. If you visit in fall or winter, you may find it completely submerged. If so, wooden platforms will be erected to let people walk about safely. To unwind and soak up the local culture, there are plenty of coffee shops and eateries located around the perimeter.
Go for aperitivo
Evening aperitivo is a Venetian tradition, so follow suit. For an authentically Italian meal, locals go to bars and order drinks and cicchetti (snacks). Traditional aperitivo beverages include the negroni, spritz, and americano, all of which include bitter orange liqueur like Campari or Aperol. Try one of Venice’s rooftop bars or Osteria All’Arco, a popular meeting place for Venetians and home to some of the city’s best bar food.
Climb the Campanile
Ride the Campanile’s elevator for a bird’s-eye perspective of Venice (bell tower). It’s Venice’s tallest and oldest structure, having been completed in 912. It fell in a natural catastrophe in 1902, but it was rebuilt using the original blueprints as closely as possible, and now you can see the same tower that Venetians saw over a thousand years ago.. On clear days, the Dolomites may even be seen in the distance.
Take a ferry to Murano, Burano and Torcello
The islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, which are all within striking distance of Venice, are world-famous. Glass-making in Murano, lace-making in Burano, and architecture in Torcello are all well-known in their own towns. In Murano, you may enjoy a tour of a glass-blowing factory and shop for beautiful glassware. Burano, on the other hand, is known for its fine lace and is a charming miniature version of Venice. Byzantine art may be seen at Torcello’s remains of its baptistery, which dates back to the 7th century. All three islands may be seen in a single day, or you can focus on just one.
Relish the cuisine
Venetian cuisine is well-known across Italy, thanks in part to the region’s excellent seafood. Many eateries sell fish that is caught daily right there in the lagoon. As one of the most popular Italian fish recipes, baccalà mantecato consists of salted and dried cod that’s been mixed with garlic and parsley before being baked with potatoes and cream. Venetian cuisine also includes goose, meatballs, and lobster, to name a few items. With some of Italy’s greatest vineyards, the Veneto area is well-known for its white wine.
The Rialto markets are a must-see for foodies, since they sell some of Venice’s freshest produce each day, mostly to the city’s restaurants. Because Venetian cuisine relies heavily on seafood, visiting a fisherman is a must for everyone visiting the city. Additionally, the food available at the vegetable stalls is considerably fresher and more diverse than that found in supermarkets. One further must-do while in Venice is to go shopping for the city’s numerous stores for Italian classics such as leather goods (particularly shoes) and cashmere. Besides being a great souvenir, Venetian masquerade masks are excellent gifts. For those who are particularly interested in the city’s carnival, specialty stores provide whole masquerade costume ensembles.
Cruise down the Grand Canal
The Grand Canal, which used to be a bustling river packed with trade ships, still runs through the heart of Venice, from the train station to San Marco. Palazzi, or mansions, line the streets on each side of the Piazza San Marco, and were originally constructed as commercial centers by the city’s merchants. There are several ways to get about Venice’s canals, but the vaporetto (water bus) is the least costly. Water taxis and the city’s famous gondolas are other options, but travelers should be on the lookout for scams.
Enjoy the art museums
In the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, you’ll find works by some of the most well-known European and American painters of the 20th century. It’s in the Dorsoduro neighborhood, next to the Gallerie dell’Accademia, which houses some of Venice’s most famous historical artworks. There are three buildings that make up the museum, and they were all religious institutions at one point. In order to build this magnificent museum, Napoleon had to shut churches all around Venice, take their artwork, and relocate it to the new place, where it was determined that it should be a museum and a school at the same time.