Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review. Her Places, History, and Culture, digital travel book. A Photographic Guide to Venice: The travel book offers practical tips and advice. You can either buy a soft cover book or a digital download. The digital book is compressed into a pdf file that you can save and open on your computer. You receive the digital book via e-mail within a day.
Main advantage of buying a digital book as opposed to a Kindle edition is that you can see large, color images on your computer screen. Here are some of the photographs included in the travel book: In the days of carnival… CaDoro One of the dolls found in a shop selling masks in Venice. Art Instruction Books Tags: While the days of tourists feeding the pigeons are gone, it is not allowed anymore due to the potential human health hazards; the piazza still has just as many pigeons as visitors.
What can be better than visiting Piazza San Marco during the day? After the sun goes down the piazza is transformed into a serenade of music as the various cafes alternate playing music to entertain their guests.
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Should you want to sit and enjoy the evening be prepared to pay a hefty price for that drink. What most visitors tend to do is to leisurely stroll the square following the sound of the music. With the piazza all lit up at night it makes for a beautiful setting. Consecrated in the structure has undergone much alteration over the centuries. Once inside the Cathedral you will immediately be drawn to the beautiful gilded Byzantine mosaics, which cover over square meters with gold, bronze and various types of stone.
The line to enter the Cathedral forms early so either plan on visiting late in the afternoon or you can purchase a skip the line pass for only one euro which allows you to enter without waiting in line. You can do this on-line at the official web-site of the Basilica. Simply print out your receipt voucher and be sure to bring it with you.
Built as the residence of the Doge of Venice Supreme authority of the republic of Venice the palace makes for a fascinating visit. The Secret Itineraries Tour is worth the few extra euros as it takes you into areas of the palace not accessible to the general public. The tour takes you into secret passageways, the prison, the interrogation room, the armament room and on to the Bridge of Sighs which connects the palace to the prisons that were built on the other side of the canal.
After the tour take your time and stroll the many beautiful rooms in the palace including The Sala del Maggior Consiglio or Great Hall. This huge hall is where up to members of the Great Council would convene. The impressive hall is amazing with its gilded ceiling and walls covered in 76 frescoes of past Doges. Take the Secret Itineraries Tour. For a few extra euros get a guided tour and visit areas of the palace not accessible to regular ticket holders. Grab a good seat on the water bus and take a ride down the entire length of the Grand Canal.
What better way to experience Venice than to ride down the heart of the Grand Canal while taking in all that Venice has to offer. Observe the delivery boats as they deliver everything that Venice needs to keep it up and running. Notice the finely polished wooden taxi boats as they deliver their passengers to their destination. This is what Venice is all about, enjoy the ride. If you are staying in Venice for more than a day consider buying a multi-day vaporetto pass.
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This will save you some money. The market in Venice is one of the most organized and cleanest open markets that I have seen. If you are looking for fresh fruits, vegetables, meats or fish then this is the place to come. Even if you are not looking to purchase anything it is a wonderful place to walk and take photos. The fresh fruits and vegetables make for a colorful display that will have you wanting to sample the amazing array of locally grown produce and fruit. The market is located not far from the Rialto Bridge just off of the Grand Canal. Murano Island is where the world famous Murano glass is from and makes for an interesting visit.
It is simply amazing what these craftsmen are able to do. If you are looking to purchase Murano glass while on the island be certain that you are getting what you pay for. Not all of the shops are selling glass from the island so buyer beware. Burano is probably the one stop that many visitors overlook and skip when visiting Venice. Not only is Burano worth a visit, but I much preferred the laid back, colorful, and easy going style of Burnao.
Famous for its lacework, the island is dotted with brightly colored homes that make for some wonderful photo opportunities. I had not heard of the Cicchetti chi-KET-tee Tour until one of my traveling companions brought it up as something that we might consider doing that was a little different. After checking it out we decided to give it a go and I have to admit that it was a wonderful experience.
Cicchetti are the small local appetizers that can typically be found in the local bars all over Venice. They can include a multitude of delicious snacks including various bruschetta, tiny sandwiches, seafood, cheeses, and various vegetables to name just a few.
And to top off the scrumptious snacks you get wash it all down with a little glass of some local wine. On the Cicchetta Tour that we did we visited five local pubs trying a great assortment of local snacks and some very interesting local wines. It is also a great way to mingle with the locals and discover some of the off the beaten path cafes and pubs. This is probably the most crowded area in all of Venice. It seems that everyone wants to have his or her picture taken on this most famous bridge of Venice.
Between the shops, the crowds, and the tourists getting on and off the nearby Rialto Water Bus stop, this area is a symphony of non-stop motion and activity. It is also a great spot to watch the coming and goings on the Grand Canal, if you can snag a spot. If you want to avoid some of the crowds then visit early or late. In the morning you can watch as Venice comes alive with the Grand Canal full of boats making their morning deliveries. At night this is one of the most beautiful spots in Venice with the lights reflecting off of the canal in a kaleidoscope of color.
There is nothing like wandering the back streets of Venice with no particular agenda and no map to guide you. It is here that you will discover the real Venice, the Venice where the locals live, and shop, and play, and go about their daily lives. If the crowds have started to get to you then this is the perfect remedy. Grab your camera, leave the map behind and wander aimlessly around Venice for a truly wonderful experience. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Venice is magical, unlike any other place.
Glad you enjoyed the tour. Have a nice weekend. I've always wanted to go to Italy and this gives me the incentive to do so. We have enjoyed our time in Venice and I'm sure at some point in the future we will make our way back there. Have a great weekend. I haven't been to Venice since but it's somewhere I would definitely like to go back to.
I suspect that most first time visitors to Venice have the same experience as you, and me also. But we were fortunate to return twice since then and it was definitely a different experience on the return trips. It is most certainly unlike anywhere else that I have been, almost like a fairy tale. I've been to Venice once, and it was such a strange experience Your hub makes me want to come back and do some of the things I didn't get to do, and maybe be a little more grounded this time around, if it's at all possible in Venice: There are worse places one could go than Vencie: It really is unlike any other place.
Venice really is unlike any other place I've ever been. Start planning your visit, you'll never regret it: Hi Bill - I envy you for your travels to Venice, Italy. What an extraordinary adventure! I want to go. My bucket list now has a new 1. It's very rewarding to know that this hub helped in some small way make your trip to Vencie enjoyable.
There is so much to do so one really needs to prioritize what they want to see as you mentioned. No other place quite like it. We've been back three times and never tire of it. I look forward to reading your hubs on your trip Alun. Thanks again and have a great day. I've just recently returned from Venice - surely the most unique city in the world for the history of the buildings and the geography of the canals - and I really would say that it is a must-visit destination for anyone who has the opportunity to go there.
After my visit I can concur with all the advice on this page, particularly about the Basilica, the Grand Canal, and the other islands. And the advice about 'getting lost' in Venice is really worth taking on board. I will be writing a few hubs of my own in due course but regarding this hub by bdegiulio, I can say this:.
I only had about three and a half days to explore and that included time on Murano and Burano so not everything in Venice could be seen. In those circumstances time really must be used wisely and so articles such as this one are especially useful. I actually printed up this page as well as a few others to take with me in order to ensure that I saw as much as I could of the best sites. This article is well written and beautifully photographed, and for a short visit is probably more useful than a detailed guide book as it focuses on what must be prioritised.
If you are planning on going to Venice for a limited time, read this and plan your days accordingly. Thanks Bill for a nice hub which certainly helped to make my rather hectic visit to Venice a little more rewarding than it might otherwise have been. Venice is wonderful, can't wait to return. We discovered the cicchetti tour on our last visit, what a great way to see a different side of Venice. I don't remember the specifics of what I tried but I can tell you I tried everything, mozzarella, cuddle fish, and everything else.
It was all wonderful. Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day. Hello bdegiuglio, I loved this hub, it's very interesting!
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I saw you suggested the cicchetti tour on your hub, and I absolutely agree with you. I found some positive reviews in many forums about www. I would heartily recommend it to anyone. I think the most fun we had in Venice was when we had no idea where we were. It's a great way to get away from the crowds, which are always there.
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Thanks so much for stopping by and the nice comment. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. What a lovely tour of Venice. Everything sounds so wonderful, but I really loved the way you ended your article, suggesting that after all else, lose the map and walk around as the natives do. We managed to get to Venice a few times and we always have a great time.
There is no other place quite like Venice. So glad you enjoyed the hub, have agreat weekend. This brings back great memories for me - I spent three magical days in Venice about 2 years ago and managed to do seven of the things on your list. What you found was a Cicchetti Tour. We did the same on our second visit to Venice and the young lady took us to some great sections of Venice that we would not have otherwise stumbled upon. I've been in Venice three weeks ago and I tried a wine tour with a selection of wines and appetizers. The tour was amazing, also because you can see many parts of the town, enjoying in every district a different wine and a different cicchetto the venetian appetizer.
As you most likely know, there are countless things to do in Venice. We just returned from our third trip there and we never tire of it. Many thanks for the visit. I'm impressed you kept your list to 10 - Venice is truly an amazing place. Thanks for a great hub - especially enjoyed the tips. Now to start planning a return visit Thank you for the comments. I hope you get to Italy someday. Venice in particular is so unique and beautiful. There are many Italian restaurants in my city , but I haven't had a chance to visit Italy as yet Thank you for the visit.
Glad you enjoyed the tour of beautiful Venice. And thank you for the vote. Have a wonderful day. Great hub, wonderful pictures. Enjoyed the tour thorough Venice. Hoping to visit someday. Thank you for stopping by and thank you for taking the time to comment. Venice certainly is a one of a kind place. I'll remember that "wow" moment for the rest of my life. I really remember that "Wow! Perhaps getting lost in Venice could involve a day of shopping: You are correct, Venice is a great city to shop, especially for those wonderful masks.
Thanks so much for the visit, have a great day. Spending a whole day searching for the perfect Carnevale mask? The Grand Canal is always full of activity and the hustle and bustle of boats coming and going, wonderful to experience. Burano was one of our favorite things to do, it is so colorful and quaint, we really enjoyed Burano. Venice is certainly worthy of a visit.
Definitely a unique place that is full of life and fun to see. Hopefully you get there soon. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day. What a wonderful summarization of places to visit and things to do. I certainly wish to visit this beautiful city. A ride down the great canal would be great as well as visiting the Piazza San Marco which hold a great attraction to me. Thanks for the visit. If you love to travel you will love Italy, especially Venice. Glad you enjoyed the hub, have a great day. I always love traveling especially to any contry in Europe.
I hope I can have time someday going to Italy, it's always a nice place. We also have very fond memories of Venice, it is an amazing place. Reading your hub brought back good memories of travelling to Venice back in the 90's and makes me want to go back! Thank for stopping by. I'll be picking your brain someday when I get around to visiting Greece. There is so much to see and do. Plan a trip now, you won't regret it. Thanks for stopping by.
Yeah, we were watching in on the news and YouTube. Not sure what it would be like to be there when it floods, probably not too good.
It was amazing to watch however. Did you hear about San Marco being under a few feet of water recently?? I loved your bit about no maps in Venice, totally agree!! Glad you enjoyed the list. Being in San Marco Square at night is something special. Many thanks for stopping by. Have a great day. Perfect list of things to do in Venice.
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I loved going there at night, it was glorious to look out onto the water or get lost wandering the streets. Venice is one of the two places in the world that I remember having that "wow" feeling. The other was the Grand Canyon.
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