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.
Venice is a mystical and romantic wonderland for grown-ups who enjoy long walks with no particular destination, or wandering in and out of churches just to see what’s inside. For kids, however, it might not be as enticing – which is why you might want to create a DIY scavenger hunt for your kids before you get to Venice.
Most Venice visitors are familiar with the legendary Harry’s Bar near St. Mark’s Square, but may not know about the family history tied to that landmark – or the two Venice hotels that bear the family name to this day, Hotel Cipriani and Locanda Cipriani.
Venice is surrounded by water, so it’s only natural its cuisine is largely centered on seafood. Fishing may not be as bountiful in the Venetian lagoon as it was hundreds of years ago, but the Rialto Market is still bursting with locally caught fish, and restaurants throughout the city serve dishes featuring Venetian seafood. Here are some of the things to look for on a menu in Venice — but don’t forget to take a stroll through the Rialto Market to see what’s fresh; that’s the best way to know what to order for dinner.
Most of us know that there are no cars in Venice, which means sightseeing is done on foot or on the water. But active travelers don’t need to limit themselves to merely walking around Venice – why not go on a running tour instead?