The city of love, the city of sadness

Ponte Rialto
Ponte Rialto

I had the chance to live at about 15 minutes away from Venice for more than 6 months. I think that I’ve seen quite a lot in this amazing city. My mother used to love it and long time ago she said that every time she goes there she falls in love again and again with it…I could not understand it until the day I moved there.

There is a lot to tell about Venice, but I would want to stop at some aspects and leave the rest for you to discover 😉

Some of the moments you should consider going there (if you don’t mind crowds) are:

1.Venetian Carnival. In 2014 it will be held between 15th February and 4th of Marchenician Saint. Make sure to check this page from April 2014 for more details about the dates and the program.

2. Il Redentore or the Celebration of Venice

3. International Film Festival or La Biennale. For more information about La Biennale, please go here.

4.Xmas and New Year

5. Valentine’s Day

6. All the year around 😀

In Venice there is no such a thing as low season, maybe less tourists in October – first half of November and the period after Easter until June. Therefore, be prepared to pay some extra for the fact that you’re visiting a very popular city in Italy! 🙂

Burano island
Burano island

How to save money in Venice?

  •  Look for your accommodation way in advance! Especially if you’re planning of going to Venice during the above listed moments of the year.
  • Nearby Venice is possible to go camping. We went there by bus and just rented a place to sleep 🙂 Here are some links where you could find something that may save you money: Camping FusinaCamping Rialto and Venezia Village are some of your options.
  • If camping sounds too wild and not exactly what are you looking for, then look for a hotel in Mestre. The prices are generally lower and even the food will cost you less.
  • Don’t buy food on streets, such as drinks, fruit salads, fruits etc. Find supermarkets and buy all you need from there. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll save if you buy from supermarkets and not from street. The cheapest supermarket/stores chains are: LIDL and Eurospin. Ask your host if there’s one nearby your place.
  • BUY a Venice card!!! You’ll use it for buses, tram and vaporetto (boat trips). The fees will be smaller if you use this card instead of paying every time a new ticket. I will recommend you to buy this card, only if you’re planning to stay in Venice more than 4 days and will use a lot the public transportation. Otherwise, just buy a time-basedTourist Travel Card purchased on-line. For short stays this is the best solution for getting around Venice and the islands: Burano, Murano and Torcello and the adjacent mainland. The basic Tourist Travel card does not include trips on the number 4, 15, 45 and 5 Aerobus bus line, coming from and going to Venice Marco Polo airport. Validity can be 12, 24, 36, 48, 72 hours or 7 days, depending on the chosen solution.
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

What I like about Venice? 

I loved to have long walks and to relax nearby Canal Grande (Grand Canal). Take some time and walk about 20-25 minutes from San Marco’s square to La Biennale di Venezia – Giardini. A small cute and quiet park, perfect to spend some time admiring the beauty of the sea.

I adore Burano and its colored houses. Walk around this small island and take many pictures of the houses that are painted in bright colors. One more thing to admire here are the handcrafted things – lace or woolen clothes (gloves, cardingans or ponchos). They are quite expensive, but you can try to bargain 😉

On Murano island you can see how the very famous glass is made and if you have enough time take a tour in the glass museum. The ticket price is 8 euros. This museum is open all year around, but has summer and winter schedules.

From 1st of April until 31st of October, open between 10.00 – 18.00 (ticket office 10.00 – 17.30)

From 1st of November to 31st of March, is open between 10.00 – 17.00 (ticket office 10.00 – 16.30)

 It is closed during following holidays : 25th of December, 1st of January and 1st of May.

I’m sure that, after visiting this museum you’ll be able to recognize the Venetian glass in a museum or in a store. 🙂

Gondolas in Venice
Gondolas in Venice

Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco are a must! Venicians say, people who have been to Venice but missed these two important places haven’t been to Venice! So, don’t skip these two important sites 🙂

Don’t miss the sunset!!! It’s a very unique experience. Just make sure to be somewhere nearby a water canal (Canale Grande) or bearby the sea during the dawn.

Try some local foods. Italian food is so so delicious and it’s not only pizza, pasta and lasagna. Order some dishes that you hardly find back home at an Italian restaurant or the ones that will cost you a fortune back home.

On the way to Venice
On the way to Venice

If you stop in Mestre, I will recommend you to go to Piazza Feretto in Mestre and have some sandwiches made in Italian way with some beer and fries. Free House Pub Scarpon is the name of the place and you can find it on via Daniele Manin.

Why sad Venice?

Besides the beautiful and romantic air of the city, Venice has a dark side as well. This dark side comes from the history of the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

Not many people know that Doge’s Palace had a prison and people who had the “luck” to be arrested and moved to that prison will never come out alive from there. The only person who managed to escape from it was the famous Giacomo Casanova. Prison cells were in the wells and in the Piombi (the leads). Cells in the wells were crowded, stuffy, and infested with insects. Cells in the Piombi, directly under the palace’s conductive lead roof, were very hot in summer and very cold in winter.

Dodge’s Palace is connected with the neighboring building by a white beautiful short bridge, called the Bridge of Sighs or il Ponte dei Sospiri, built in 1614. Enclosed and covered on all sides, the bridge contains two separate corridors that run next to each other. Both corridors are linked to the service staircase that leads from the ground floor cells of the Pozzi to the roof cells of the Piombi. The famous name of the bridge dates from the Romantic period and was supposed to refer to the sighs of prisoners who, passing from the courtroom to the cell in which they would serve their sentence, took a last look at freedom as they glimpsed the lagoon and San Giorgio through the small windows.

Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs

For more information about Venice, please check the following web pages:

I know that there are many other things to be told about Venice, but you’re free to ask me, comment or just go there and discover the untold 😉

Travel safe and wise.

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