“If you can’t live longer, live deeper.”
– Italian proverb
Venice is one of the world’s most romantic and picturesque cities. And because it’s so compact, Venice is also a great walking city. Take a romantic Gondola Ride (preferably one during the day and another at night) along Venice’s Grand Canal and narrow waterways while being serenaded by a gondolier. It’s truly magical. 🙂
Fun Venice Attractions
Fun Venice attractions include: Doge’s Palace (one of the most famous buildings in Venice, representing Venetian Gothic architecture at its best), St. Mark’s Square & Bell Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica (the most famous church in Venice), Frari Church (one of the greatest churches in Venice), and the Rialto Bridge (Venice’s most famous bridge and the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal).
Bridge of Sighs – “Eternal Love”
Legend has it that if you kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), you will be assured “eternal love.” We kissed on a gondola at sunset under the bridge on our honeymoon and have been happily married for over 25 years. 🙂
The Bridge of Sighs crosses the Rio di Palazzo, a small canal off the Grand Canal in Venice. In the 19th century, Lord Byron gave the bridge its name because it connects the interrogation rooms of the old Doge’s palace to the prison. The view of Venice out of the windows was the last thing the convicts saw before being locked up; hence the “sigh.” Other less-famous Bridge of Sighs are located in Britain (there are three of them), plus one in New York, one in Peru and one in Frankfurt, Germany.
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The best way to see Venice is on foot. Take a Venice Walking Tour and have fun exploring this magnificent city on the water. Tour includes a romantic Gondola Ride down the Grand Canal of Venice. Get Skip-the-Line Tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace, two of the most iconic attractions in Venice. Tour includes a walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs.
Explore the Islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello on a fun Half-Day Sightseeing Tour from Venice by motorboat. Murano is famous the world over for its glassmaking. There are more glass masters in Murano than in any other place on earth. Watch glass being blown at a Murano glass factory. See Torcello’s historical cathedrals and shop for exquisite lace on the island of Burano.
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The Best Time To Visit Venice
The best time to visit Venice is during the Spring and Fall when temperatures are relatively mild and crowds are at a minimum. Peak tourist season runs early June thru’ September. Venice also attracts the crowds in February/March during its annual Carnival (Mardi Gras) Celebration. Summers (July and August) are very hot and humid. Winter months (November through March) can also be good times to visit Venice. It’s not crowded, except for holidays, but the weather can be a little unpredictable.
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