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Venice Sights and Landmarks Guide, Italy

A paradise of gondolas, glittering canals, museums and churches -- what more could a tourist ask for? The floating city is certainly a unique holiday experience that treats you to special marvels that will leave you wanting more and more. Although the tourists in Venice outnumber the residents, it still retains its atmospheric charm, with much of its architectural delights having remained unchanged over the last six centuries. Summers are not the best time to visit, as Venice can get hot and smelly. In winters, there is often flooding in the canals as the water levels rise unexpectedly for a couple of hours, but it’s all part of the unique experience that is Venice. 

Probably the most famous church in the city is Saint Mark's Basilica or the Basilica di San Marco. Entry is free but there is a dress code, and visitors in skin baring outfits are not allowed entry. Admission is free but book your entry tickets online in advance if you want to avoid waiting in line for hours. You can get a museum pass for entry into most of the museums in the city. Don’t miss out on the Correr Museum, which has a fascinating collection of globes. Another interesting landmark of the city is the Rialto Bridge, which is five centuries old.

Venice is not known for its quality of food but there are some good restaurants featuring the city’s specialties, risotto, polenta and cuttlefish ink sauce. The Brek restaurant offers a fine and inexpensive full meal for five Euros. Those with a sweet tooth should not miss out on Pasticceria Tonolo, the ancient pastry shop with lovely marzipan and crystallized sweets. The most common drink is the Spritz, and the Bellini, which was invented in Venice and it is a specialty. The best bar is the Pub Taverna L'Olandese Volante, which also serves pretty of inexpensive food. There are even a couple of authentic Irish pubs as well as a British style pub, the Devil’s Forest.

Venice is the world’s only city where the streets are without motorized vehicles, and is a pedestrian’s delight. Not all places are within walking distance of each other, so when you’re tired, take a vaporetto, which is a water bus or water taxi. These are cheaper than the privately owned water taxis. Gondolas are slow but perfect for a leisurely or romantic ride. Venice cards can be purchased from ACTV, the primary vaporetto operator. These allow rides as well as discounts on museum tickets and other entrance fees. 

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    review by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
    A nice city, showing you a huge block of history in the city center, like the palace of the Doge, the former ruler of Venice. Also the markus place offers a nice view. The nice and small walkways are also nice to look at. You can go for shopping there, but be aware of the many people, selling...
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    review by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    We got up at 4:30am after just about 4 hours of sleep. Not really enough to go on a long trip, but who cares, 2 drivers can easily take turns so it's not much of a torture. Once we got up, I quickly searched for a decent deal on some Venice hotel for about half the normal price due to some last...
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    travel tip by Belle posted more then 30 days ago
    When we decided to visit Venice we booked in advance a tour of the small alleys and narrower canals of the city. The Venice Experience Backstreet Tour gave us a glimpse on the more private and intimate side of the famous city. Though...
  • JohanGondola Ride in Venice
    travel tip by Johan posted more then 30 days ago
    For a more Venetian experience, a gondola ride should not be missed, even if it might be a little expensive for you taste. Depending on the season and of course on the gondolier, the prices vary and usually include the tip but if you...
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    travel tip by evike14 posted more then 30 days ago
    The Rialto Bridge is exactly in the center of Venice, so you can feel safe when you see it, for you can't be lost there, especially because everyone knows it and you can just grab a cab to your hotel from there. As its history goes,...
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