Finally I’ve finished my article about this dream destination. Whether you’re romantic or not, Venice promises to take your breath away, with stunning architecture, mysterious passageways and of course, the canals. Venice is one of the most alluring cities in the world, the type of place where you’ll welcome to get lost. No matter where you go, you’ll find history, beauty and romance.
From the first moments I was captivated by this place and I let myself led by the instinct in my attempt to discover Venice.
As we stayed near Rialto Bridge, this was the first spot discovered. Considered the true heart of Venice, this landmark bridge, characterized by its 24-foot arch, is built on approximately 12,000 wooden pilings that still support the bridge more than 400 years after it was built. Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal.
From here we went to St. Mark’s Square – a breathtakingly beautiful place.
We visited Basilica di San Marco. Often seen as the living testimony of Venice’s links with Byzantium, St Mark’s basilica is also an expression of the city’s independence.
The first view of the basilica from the western end of piazza San Marco is an unforgettable experience. It is particularly impressive in the evening, when the mosaics on the façade glow in the light of the setting sun.
Some pictures from the terrace of St Mark’s basilica:
Next door of St Mark’s basilica is the Palazzo Ducale. The palace is the great Gothic building of the city, but is also curiously eastern in style, achieving a marvellous combination of lightness and strength.
The interrogation rooms of the Doge’s Palace are connected with Rio di Palazzo by the Bridge of Sighs. A local legend says that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the bridge. 🙂
For a breathtaking view you must go on the top of the clock tower, known as Torre dell’Orologio. Designed by Maurizio Codussi and built between 1496 and 1506.
In such maze of small streets, to see the true beauty of Venice you have to get carried by the instinct.
In the afternoon we took the vaporetto to visit the Murano island. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the waters surrounding Venice, it was a little bit cold, but it was worth it.
We got back on Venice, found a nice restaurant and had a delightful dinner. After that we walked the streets so full of charm and took some photos.
There’s an amazing feeling of antiquity here that manages to exude a tranquillity that permeates the human soul, so I highly recommend this destination!!!
Photo credit: Barcan Cristian