If you only have a few days in Venice but want to see some of the other nearby islands, this tour is perfect. Transport is included in the ticket price, and you get 45-60 minutes on each island, either to participate in the included demonstration or to just explore on your own. It makes a great day trip from Venice – and will surely give you some further insight into life in the Venetian Lagoon, especially if you’re as clueless about it as I was.
Venice can be quite cold and damp in the winter, which is what leads people to make summer vacation plans and to avoid it otherwise. What they’re missing, however, is the magic of Venice at Christmas. Yes, it’s still cold and damp – but provided you’ve got the right clothing and footwear, that shouldn’t matter in the least. Your reward is a quiet city without the throngs of summer tourists.
It could be argued that Venice itself is an oddity, this city built on water – a city that’s sinking, that probably shouldn’t have lasted as long as it already has – but even within the confines of the city of Venice there are weird attractions to see. Some of them aren’t necessarily weird for Venice, but they’re sights you won’t see everywhere. Here are just a few of the weird things to see and do in Venice.
Venice is often described as the perfect honeymoon destination and one of the world’s most romantic cities. It’s also sometimes called haunting, and people regularly talk about how easy it is to get lost there. So can Venice be a great place to visit with kids? Yes, it can.
Dorsoduro is one of the six neighborhoods, or “sestieri,” that make up the city of Venice. Unlike the other sestieri, however, Dorsoduro covers enough area that there’s a large canal separating two of its islands. It may not be the neighborhood where you spend the most time, but it’s a great option if you’re looking to get away from the tourist crowds.
Anyone going to Venice knows that one of the things that makes the city so fascinating is its lack of cars. Waterways take the place of roads, and boats take the place of cars. So it shouldn’t be surprising that in Venice, there’s a special kind of stand-up rowing unique to the city – it’s called Voga alla Veneta.
Venice is the sort of place that practically begs to be photographed. That means you won’t be able to help yourself from snapping frame after frame as you try to capture the intangible things that make the city unique – and it also means that nearly every inch of the city has been photographed already. When you’re photographing Venice, then, it helps to have some guidance so your images stand out from the rest.
Venice is one of those cities that doesn’t really have anything but a high tourist season. When other destinations in Italy tend to experience their biggest lull in terms of tourist numbers – winter – Venice has Carnival to bring crowds by the thousands. And summer is, of course, always busy. The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn aren’t the bargains they can be in other places, but they’re still great times to visit Venice. Autumn in particular is appealing for anyone who likes food and wine.
There may be no more quintessentially Venetian image than that of the gondola. The sleek, black boats and the pilots in their striped shirts are ubiquitous in Venice’s waterways, and taking a ride in a gondola is considered by many to be the top item on any agenda while staying in the city. But gondola rides are expensive – and there’s another way to ride a gondola for only a few euro.
When you hear that Venice is made up of hundreds of islands, it’s tempting to envision at least a few beaches here and there – but these are different sorts of islands. The islands that make up the main part of the city of Venice are man-made, with buildings or sidewalks going right up to the edges. To find the closest beach, you’ve got to head for the sandbar on the nearby island of Lido.