Venice and its Lagoon are one of the top destinations for foreigner tourists, in fact is the second city by tourist flow after Rome. The enchanting Serenissima (name that derives from the Venetian Republic era) is also listed by Unesco as World heritage site and offers many attractions all around the year; this time we discover what we can do during summer and which romantic routes we can follow booking a stay in a boutique hotel in Venice.
Walks in the historical center of Venice
For first the famous locations, then the most peculiar corners: if you’ve never been to Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark’s Basilica) and Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), signs of the city, you cannot miss them. The Basilica is decored with golden mosaics, while the polychrome facade dates back to XIII century, inside you can admire the Golden Pall and St. Mark’s Treasure. The Doge’s Palace is a sublime example of Venetian gothic style, now houses the Civic Museum and has 3 wings around a coutyard with porch, that has a marble decorationin Renaissance style and the Well by Alberghetti dating back to 1559.
Another venue very famous is Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), that connects the New Prison and is built with white limestone, its name derives from “the last sigh” by the sentenced to death that walked here before their own execution. For a full view above the romantic Venice you can go to the Bell Tower of St. Mark’s Basilica, using the elevator and enjoying the exclusive panorama of one of the favorite places by travellers.
Venice isn’t only gothic but also a melting pot, thanks to the oriental mood that lives in some districts. We suggest you to visit Campo San Bortolomio, near Ponte di Rialto, where takes place the traditional fish market (over one thousand years), then walk to the Campiello del Million, where rose the house of the legendary traveller Marco Polo, then go to the Sestiere di Cannaregio and stop at Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto, where to see some masterpieces by Tintoretto; furthermore, the great painter is buried just in the right aisle of the church.
Another amazing area is the Venetian Ghetto, the most ancient in the world, where lives the Jewish Community. The synagogues are five and a Jewish Museum testifies the prestige of the goldsmith and textile manufacture.
Magic and mistery in Lagoon
The typical alleys of Venice, called calli, are really charming and probably you’ll desire to extend your stay; at night there are a lot of corners to see and venues to put on tour map, as the historical Caffè Quadri, founded in 1775, where often went Stendhal, Proust and Lord Byron, the right place if you are looking for refinement and high-class.
After a tour by gondola, what could be better viagraforhealthyman than a typical aperitif? Here they call them cicheti and the Venetian tavern is bacaro, so the advice is to go to Rialto area where there is the Enoteca Schiavi, in front of a gondola dockyard and with a view on the Canal, where to sip the Pinot Grigio Cupra Ramato, typical wine ideal for summer, or the BacAromi, venue open from June to September, where we suggest to try the spritz (drink invented in Veneto) and the mixture of fried fish prepared by the chef.
Pure relax moments to enjoy next to a luxury relais in Venice, to take advantage of all the included facilities of your stay.
The best of world cinema at Venice Lido
At the end of your holiday, to add another plug to Venice exclusiveness, the festival of Cinema is scheduled from 29th August to 8th September, is the most renowned event for the lovers of cinematography. The list of movies will be online soon, for now we know that the Leone d’Oro alla Carriera will be assigned to Francesco Rosi. This event is a great chance to meet Vips and live the great dream of cinema, that every year renovate itself on these banks.
Venice can be covered by people that love social life and who prefers quietness and silence both: all its sides allow a journey into breathtaking beauty.