Venice, Italy is still one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world. This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was 600 years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has decayed since its heyday and is heavily touristed (there are slightly more tourists than residents), but the romantic charm remains. Venice is best described by an aggregation of romantic adjectives that complete justice to the impeccable countenance and postcard beauty of the Italian stunner.
The striking gondolas that pass through the canal waterways also provide a super romantic backdrop to the sightseeing session. There is the Ca da Mosto, a structure with gorgeous round arches and Ca d’Ora, a Gothic edifice that radiates classic beauty and timeless elegance with its heavy Byzantine influences. There are several attractive Palazzos on the canal sightseeing trip including the celebrated Palazzo Corner and Grimani dj San Luca.
St Mark’s Square is the epicenter of tourist activity in Venice and is a landmark location for housing the foremost church and citadel in the city. The Basilica di San Marco and Palazzo’s foundations were laid on this buzzing Venice hotspot. The basilica features a Byzantine relief molded in gold and embellished with expensive stones. The square has several street-side cafes and the Archeological Museum. Visit the Bell Tower, an imposing 97 meter architectural marvel erected in the mid 9 th century that provides a nice vista of the St. Mark Square and surrounding churches and homes. Move to the Clock Tower, another magnificent structure (located in San Marco) dominating the skyline of Venice. The structure was constructed in 15 th century and sports intricate bronze figures.
Murano Glass Factory
Visit the Murano Glass Factory and watch Venetian glassblowers blow and fire glass to lend it an artistic touch. Visitors can even book for a glassblowing learning session and take a tour of more than a dozen factories housed within the sprawling complex. There are about 45-50 shops in the factory that sell some of the most beautiful pieces of glass art.
Make a trip to the swanky Lido Island, a 12 kilometer stretch of fine sand, featuring a host of activities like tennis, golf, horse-riding, clay-pigeon shooting and other recreational and entertainment attractions. There is an indoor games zone for kids along with an auditorium that hosts the International Film Festival held in the town in August-September.
Venice is a picturesque montage of classic art, immortal beauty, Victorian sophistication and a seamless architectural heritage that draws hordes of tourists to the city that basks in the glow of timeless love and romance.
Don’t expect to find any mega malls or massive department stores during your Venice vacation. What you will find are interesting markets, unique shopping streets, antique shops, and bookstores. Venice is known for glass and lace, so you will also find thousands of places to buy glassware and dozens of lace vendors centered on Piazza San Marco.