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The main public square of Venice, Piazza San Marco gracefully encapsulates the richness of Venice's history and its tourism charm in the present. La piazza ('the square') is dominated by the great St Mark's Basilica and Museo Correr, as well as the Torre dell'Orologio (Clock Tower).
St Mark's Basilica or Basilica di San Marco is a cathedral church with more than 8,000 square meters of majestic mosaic. The altar of this church known as the Pala d'Oro is covered with gold and studded with 1,300 pearls, 300 emeralds, 300 sapphires, rubies, topazes, and many more.
Rialto Bridge is one of the architectural icons of Venice, it is the oldest among four brigdes spanning the Grand Canal. The amazing bridge has been rebuilt several times, but it remains as a significant tourist attraction in the city.
Back in the days, Lido di Venezia was known as a sweet escape for the Hollywood starlets and European aristocracy. Now, the 7-mile long sandbar became a fashionable seaside resort. Lido di Venezia is also the venue for the annually Venice Film Festival in every September.
One of the most visited attractions in Venice, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum featuring works of art from various genres such as Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.
Gallerie dell'Accademia is Venice's historic gallery, a remembrance of the development of Venetian art from the 14th to 18th centuries. To mention a few artists whose works of art displayed in the gallery: Bosch, Bellini, Lorenzo Lotto, Tintoretto, Titian, and Veronese.
Widely known for its wonderful gondola ride through the Grand Canal; there are various incredible things to do in Venice. From its gorgeous canals and historic buildings, to the mesmerizing Venetian beads and artful lifestyle, Venice has so much to offer. Venice is a floating city in Italy, consisting a group of 117 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Garden islands and lagoon produced high-quality seafood like no other. Head to the outer islands to find the most photogenic (and instagrammable) places in Venice.
How to Get Tickets?
You will not be charged a penny if you're hanging out in Piazza San Marco Square or crossing the Rialto Bridge. You will have to pay some admission tickets to enter the rest attractions though you can always do it online to avoid the hassles. By booking or purchasing your ticket online, you can directly access the attraction without waste your time waiting in line especially during peak seasons.
How To Get Around?
Venice is a city of water canals, while you can get around from one attraction to another on foot, you can always hiring a boat or Vaporetto boats. You're in Venice, so might as well explore the water canals with a boat, right?
What Should I Wear?
People of Venice are generally laid back and you can wear almost any clothes feel comfortable for you. You can get dressy a little bit by wearing much more fashion-forward outfits. However, keep in mind that you'll have to wear modest clothes when you're visiting churches. That means you can't go inside St. Mark's Basilica in tank top, you'll have to wear shoulder-covering blouse and trousers at the least.
Best Time to Visit
The most enjoyable way to enjoy Venice is when the canal city is not clogged with tourists! So, be sure to mark your calendar on September to November the low season in this beautiful city. There will be few tourists in sight and most top attractions will be much more quiet and peaceful. Don't forget to bring a warm jacket though!
Will I Need a Guide?
You will need a guide, especially when you don't speak Italian language because English isn't a daily language used by the locals. Booking a guide give you another advantage though, can save you much time to cut the queue or even make your journey much more interesting because they knew so many hidden gems and stories about their place.
How To Get There?
Getting to Venice from international countries can be done by taking international flights to Marco Polo airport which is the closest to central Venice, while for the low-cost airlines will landing on Treviso airport. From Treviso, it will take 70 minutes from Piazzale Roma to the Central Venice by bus. Tourists from cities nearby Venice can take trains or boats to reach Venice.
Venice is a city where Google Maps won't be much helpful when you're lost. But even if you do, don't panic! Chances are you might find some interesting places hidden from the crowds. Venice is a great place to be lost.