Dreamy vibes, magical views and spectacular architecture, Venice is a poetic location.
Venice is the capital city of the veneto region in Italy’s north. The city is built on more than 118 islands, in a lagoon located in the Adriatic sea. This enclosed bay lies between the mouths of the Po and Piave rivers. These islands are separated by canal’s and are linked via bridges. Venice looks like a city out of a fairytale. It is no wonder that the lagoon and part of the city is listed as a world heritage site.
From the romantic canals, the renaissance, gothic palaces and dreamy vibes Venice is a very unique and breathtaking place to visit.
An island city
We had just spent a week exploring the charming Rome and found a cheap domestic flight to Venice. This was my second visit to this magical city (I came here once before, as a teenager on a school tour). The second time around was just as charming. We stayed at a hotel in the San Marco neighborhood. The central and the most popular district on the Venice island.
Highlights and must sees
- Saint Mark’s Basilica: A beautiful church, with a mixture of eastern and western architecture. It sits on the very popular pizza San Marco.
- Torre dell’ Orologio – The gorgeous clock tower that was built between 1496 and 1506! Which also sits on the popular piazza San Marco.
- Doge’s palace: With stunning gothic architecture, this place was once the political and judicial hub of Venice.
- Grand canal: This 2 mile long canal is considered to be the main ‘street’ of venice.
- Rialto bridge: Described as the heart of Venice, this beautiful bridge was once the only way to cross the grand canal!
- Campanile di San Marco: The tallest structure in venice. Note this is the reconstructed version, as the original collapsed in 1902.
- Bridge of Sighs: An iconic bridge connecting the Prigioni to Doge’s palace.
- Basilica di Santa Maria: Another beautiful church, with stunning architecture.
- Murano Island: Take a trip to the Murano island to view an impressive glass-blowing demonstration!
- Rialto Market: This one is for the foodies! A market rich in culture and food.
My favorite thing to do in any location that I visit is to get lost, by just wandering around and taking in all the sights. I find this the best way to absorb the place! And venice, is one of my favorites cities to get lost in, wandering the beautiful streets and viewing the canals is so beautiful. For a couple of days on our trip, the city was covered in dense fog, this added an extra charm to the city!
Two day trip from Venice
While we were in Venice, we took the opportunity to explore a small village located in a mountain region located 70 km northwest of Venice. You can read about our adventures to Seren del Grappa here.
With it’s charming atmosphere, gothic architecture and dreamy canals Venice is one of the most beautiful cities that I have explored. It is definitely wanderlust material.