"Venice - Romance City" Venice by Willettsworld
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The mere mention of the word "Venice" conjurs up images of canals, gondolas and romance. Venice is one of the few city's in the world that can be truly described as unique. It survives against all the odds, built on a series of low mud banks amid the tidal waters of the Adriatic, and regularly subject to floods.
I arrived in Venice by train and got a taste a what Venice was all about as soon as I exited the station and then walked towards the Grand Canal. The station area is a hythe of activity with locals going about their business whilst tourists (like me) were either trying to take it all in or working out what to do next. I decided to take a Vaporetto, (I recommend taking a no.82 as it doesn't stop so often), down the Grand Canal to St Mark's square passing by, on my way, beautiful architectural waterside palaces and churches and going under the fabulous Rialto bridge. This area is probably the busiest on the canal with gondolas moving slowly all over the place and other craft going about their buisness.
St Mark's square (the centrepiece of the city) is very busy with crowds of tourists taking it all in. And rightly so. The amazing facade, spires and domes of St Mark's basilica make it one of the greatest churches in the world. Inside, it's fairly dark which adds to the atmosphere that ouzes history from all of the gold, frescoes and gems that make up it's interior decoration. Sheer breathtaking moment. Next to the basilica stands the Palazzo Ducale with it's arched porticos supporting the upper loggia. Inside, I recommend taking the itinerary tour round the palace which takes you round the rooms, halls and chambers and even into the former prison cells by crossing the Bridge of Sighs. I then waited in another queue (which you will have to do) to take a lift up to the top of the Campanile which offers spectacular views of the city and the surrounding lagoon.
The best way to get around (or certainly to get to St Mark's Square from the rail station or the car park) is to take a... more travel advice
On the walls are two fine paintings by Tintoretto: The Last Supper and Gathering of the Manna (both 1594). In the Chapel... more travel advice
Written Sep 6, 2005
Views from the Campanile Part 1
Written Sep 6, 2005
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