One of the things people dream about most when visiting Venice is taking a gondola ride. The gondola is such a well-known symbol of the city, and they are everywhere. If you’ve got a gondola ride on your must-do list, here’s what to expect.
Standing outside the Doge’s Palace in Venice, it’s easy to be impressed by the architecture and art while remaining completely unaware of the building’s important place in Venetian history. To truly understand the city, you need to understand the Venetian Republic’s power structure.
With a Skip the Line: Doge’s Palace Ticket and Tour, you not only get to avoid waiting in the often-long lines outside the ticket office, you learn much more about the palace and its former inhabitants than you would by simply buying an entry ticket on your own. It’s an added bonus if that information is delivered with good humor.
Even in March, still a shoulder season in many cities, Venice’s narrow streets were crowded — but we could always see (and hear) Marco on our Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica.
There may be no more quintessential symbol of Venice than the gondola, and riding a gondola is on most must-do lists for visitors to the canal city. The reality of a gondola ride, however, may be a little different than what you have in mind. Here are three reasons you might want to skip the gondola ride in Venice.
Most tourist destinations change quite a bit from day to night, thanks to the large numbers of day trippers who head back out of the city in the early evening. There are few that change quite as much as Venice, however, and it’s the nighttime city that is most appealing. This is why, even though hotels in Venice cost more than comparable hotels in other Italian cities, it’s always worth it to stay overnight in Venice.
One of the things for which Venice is most famous is its annual Carnival celebrations. The two-week revelry is known the world over, but because the dates change every year it can be easy to forget it’s coming right up. In 2016, in fact, it’s quite early – January 23-February 9.
Venice is a popular tourist destination year-round, and because of that it can be more difficult to find the quiet parts of the city. If you visit in January, however, you stand a good chance of finding that peace.
Although Venice isn’t known for its cuisine, there’s a small bar and restaurant in the city that’s an institution – Harry’s Bar near the Basilica di San Marco. One of its claims to fame is as the place where the Bellini was born.
Venice is a city of small waterways, more than 100 islands and countless bridges. But the Grand Canal, the big S-shaped canal that winds through the middle of the city, has only four bridges that cross it. Except, that is, for the one day every year when there are five.