Travels

Venice – Italy

Hi guys,

I am back. Last week was super exciting for me since I managed to visit five cities in four days.
Timisoara, Venice, Padua, Treviso and finally Skopje.

My main destination this time was Venice, so my first blog after this journey is dedicated to this unique city. For sure this is a very unique citie, you won’t find anywhere else.
Also it is a city that is sinking, so pack your bags and hurry up before it does, it is a shame not to see it.

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Venice is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges, of which there are 400. Guys I swear to you I never crossed more bridges in my whole life.  ;’) However ever single one will give you a chance to snap the stunning photo.
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City is perfect just to walk around, get lost, which you will be for sure. lol
Super confusing but in its own charming way.
I was situated in Hotel Lux, literally 50m away from Piazza San Marco.

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In this photo you can see St. Marks Basilica and St. Marks Campanile which is actually a bell tower with height of 98 m and provides truly stunning view on the city.

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Passing next to the bell and turning right you are arriving at The Piazzetta, which to me looked as a extension of Piazza San Marco but it is considered as a different area.
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This area will lead you to the Grand Canal, Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace, Santa Maria della Salute.

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On the other side of the Grand Canal you will see mesmerizing Santa Maria della Salute.
Cheaper option to get there is using gondola ferry and it is 2e one way. The other way is using Vaporeto system which is basically their public transportation and one ticket is 7.5 e , but you may also buy daily pass  for vaporeto, which is 20e …

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The Doge’s Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice, opening as a museum in 1923. Today, it is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
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The Bridge of Sighs  is a enclosed bridge, made of white limestone, has windows with stone bars, passes over the Rio di Palazzo, and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.
The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge’s name, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells.
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Another bridge which you must include in your sightseeing is Rialto Bridge.
Truly  stunning,  the oldest bridge spanning the Grand Cannal.
Here is the view from it.

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Two of the island worth visiting are Burano and Murano.

Murano island famous for glass making. Interesting fact about this island is that all glass maker were obligated to live in this island, so that they can protect secrets of glass making, while Burano is famous for picturesque canals lined with colorful houses.
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Of course when in Venice you have to take a gondola ride. 45 minutes in gondola costs 80 e, and it is not negotiable.  You can eighter choose to pay it yourself and have a private tour or you can wait other travelers so that you can split the fee and meet new interesting folks 🙂 ….

Some of the useful tips I can provide is avoid extremely central places since it can happen that you get charge for service, tax for sitting etc …
You can find many nice restaurant in the narrow streets around the main squares with decent prices. If you are on a budget there are many pizza places where the pizza slice is just 2 e.
You can find gelatos all over the city, very delicious and from 1,5 for one scoop.
Espresso is 2e and I already said how much  I love Italian food, coffee and gelato in my blog about Rome.

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I am finishing up this blog with few pretty pics and talk to you soon guys.
I will be writing about Padua, Treviso and Skopje in my next blog.

Love,
Stefan

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