Venice

when:

15-17 of April 2016

why:

I find a cheap flight deal. Being one of the most touristist place in the world, I wanted to see with my own eyes 


Literature & Film:

  • Death in Venice : is a 1971 Italian-French drama film directed by Luchino Visconti. It is based on the novella Death in Venice, first published in 1912 as Der Tod in Venedig by the German author Thomas Mann.

Did you know...

  1. Venice is made up of more than 100 islands, don´t stay just in the main one!
  2. The narrowest street is only 53 cm (Calle Varisco in Cannaregio).
  3.  In 30 years the city has lost half its fixed population. From more than 120,000 people called Venice home. Today, there are 55,000. By 2030, some demographers predict, there will be no more full-time.


Venice

Canals, gondolas and winding street, Venice is one of the most visited cities in the world.

The place may not seem huge, but the most famous area  is sited on a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is divided in  districts that are called "Sestieri": Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce and San Marco, where the main monuments and sights are located.

 

With less than 48 hours I decide to spent most of the time of my visit walking around, getting lost and founding me again. I try to walk throught all of the Sestieri and avoid the crowds ( which sometimes was impossible).

 Cannaregio was the first Sestieri that I visited, is a lovely area with some nice restaurants by the canal just to chilled and relaxed watching the world going past. The Jewish Ghetto is located here.

Once you get out of the Str Nova which is really bussy Cannaregio is a  quieter part.

Crossing San Polo,(where you can find the Rialto bridge, unfortunetly under construction by the time I was there)  you arrive to Dorsoduro, easy walking distance to all the main attractions but on the other side of the canal. The view of the Grand Canal from the Accedemia Bridge with the Church on the right is simply stunning.

Something that caught my attention was mail and doorbell systems, most of the houses of Venice have these old fashion but charming doorbells

The Libreria Acqua Alta is a fascinating and unusual bookstore. Located in Castello, the place is welcoming and worth a visit if you're around (check the "fire exit" and the terrace to take good photos and the stairway built with old encyclopedias in the backyard)


Castello is largest district of Venice’s six districts. Its in the one that I stay, nowadays it’s a quiet, authentic neighborhood well off the tourist track; its public gardens provide a welcome green respite from the crowds.  The Venetian Arsenal which was one of the earliest large-scale industrial enterprises in history is located here.


St. Mark's Square

St Marks Square is a large open space, towards the south of the island - many of the main tourist attractions are located close by (Doges Palace, Campanile, Torre dell'Orologio, San Teodoro, Bridge of Sighs, etc..). 

 

It get busy, up to 9:30 there is already a lot of tourist, so wake up early!! I visited it during the evenig  when it was no so busy and you can get  nice shots. Well every singe courner of Venice is photogenic but the view of the gondolas with the the Basilica Di San Giorgio Maggiore is pretty charming.

 

On my last day I wake up really early and I was able to visit the squere quietly, only a few people with theirs camaras trying around.


Burano

Venice is surrounded  by many island located in the Laguna Veneta, one of the most famous is Burano which is known for its colorful, block-like buildings, it is photo-lover’s paradise

 

Families used to paint their homes in bright colors to designate where their family’s quarters ended and a neighbor’s began, as well as to make their homes more visible from the sea. The tradition has stuck.

 

The government actually regulates house-painting on this island. Wander the streets, and admire the many art galleries and shops along the way.

 

The Island is quite small and with in 30-40 min you will have seen it completely. Of course better to arrive before the crows (before 10 am or after 15)


Tips

  • Try to avoid the main streets, if you leave then you will have the city for your own.
  • If you are planning to go to Burano take a Travel card, one ticket costs 7,5€ and a travel card for one day (ilimited rides) 20€.
  • To visit Burano take the wapporeto n 12 from F.te de Nova B.
  • If you want to visit the St Marks square quietly, wake up early, up 9:30 is completely owergrowded 
  • Osteria "Al Bacco" (Fondamenta San Girolamo 3054 | Cannaregio, 30121).
    A little bit pricey but the 13€ luch menu is a good deal.
  • SuSo Gelatoteca  (Calle della Bissa, 5453, 30124 San Marco)
    Best Ice cream from the several that I try in Venice. 1.60€
  • Pizzeria Antico Forno( Ruga Vecchia San Giovanni (Ruga Rialto) -970 , Between the Rialto Bridge and Campo San Polo)
    It offers a wide variety of pizza in thin crust or in a very thick crust. One slice for 3€
  • Dal Moro's - Fresh Pasta To Go (Calle De La Casseleria, 5324, 30122 Venice)
    Fresh, homemade pasta with your choice of sauce and toppings! (Price 4-7€)