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About Me:I'm a graduate student studying International Criminal Law and first started writing for King's News almost 4 years ago! My hobbies include reading, travelling and charity work. I cover many categories but my favourite articles to write are about mysteries of the ancient world, interesting places to visit, the Italian language and animals!
Venice is a unique place in the world where roads are made of water and cars are replaced by the famously romantic gondolas; it is a city where romance and adventure go hand in hand, a city of masquerades and festivals, art and history. Personally, I have never been to Venice but I feel I know the city quite well from the amazing tales my parents tell me of their time there.
They say that no matter how many times you travel to Venice you’ll never get bored, it has a mystical element. It is a historical city formed by Venetians and is probably the only city in the world you can travel from the airport to the centre by boat! All vehicles are found on water, even police cars and ambulances are in the form of boats; funeral ceremonies are all on water as are weddings and even taxis. Piazza di San Marco is always full of tourists, no matter what time of the year, as all try to get the best image of the cathedral whilst children famously play with pigeons. The basilica and the campanile are two attractions tourists always queue for and the architecture is fascinating.
The Bridge of Sighs is a palace with small windows and the view from the boat is amazing. Back in Piazza San Marco you can visit the historical Palazzo Ducale; the original palace was built in the 9th century and was destroyed and rebuilt many times but the gothic style was always maintained. From the terraces of the palace you can see beautiful views of the lagoon and tourists can admire the domes painted in gold. There is a bridge that links the palace to the prison and was the last sight prisoners saw. Ponte Rialto is ten to fifteen minutes from Piazza San Marco and is easily reachable with maps. Monte Rialto is most the most iconic image of Venice and its stone bridge was built in the 16th century with the idea of replacing the previous one. It is one of the four bridges of the Grand Canal and the oldest. The view of the canal from Ponte Rialto is said to be beautiful and the area is constantly buzzing with movement, you can find restaurants, shops and endlessly happy tourists!
Mobility in Venice cannot be understood without a ‘vaporetto’. In Venice there multiple railway lines sailing in the canal which connect the city with islands like Lido and Murano. My mum visited Murano and spent the day in a glass factory where she learnt how to make glass, an authentic experience which she loved. Spring is meant to be the best time to visit Venice whereas summer is the least recommended – albeit you will still enjoy a divine holiday – as the water starts to smell slightly due to the heat. I would love to go for Carnevale one day, a famous Italian festival which involves dancing and wearing beautiful Venetian masks. You can find out more about Carnevale and other Italian festivals in one of my previous articles and if you have any suggestions on what else to visit when in Venice please comment below!