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End of 2019, when the world was normal and COVID was still just a virus, not Pandemic. At that moment I was living my life fully because I was having my first Euro trip. My route was Germany- Czech Republic – Italy. In Italy, I have travelled to Padova, Verona and Venice.

In this post, I will share my experience of travelling to Venice- The City Of Canals

28th Dec 2019, It was a bright sunny day. I woke up at 9 am. I had breakfast and move out with my cousin to the station to catch the train to Venice. We did not book any advance tickets because the tickets were available. Besides, there was less chance of selling out since it was in December and comparatively fewer travellers come to visit Venice.

Tickets

The tickets are available to book in the official platform of Italian railways “TRENITALIA”. We took the train at 11 am from Padova and within 50 minutes we reached Venice. It was 4.45 euro one way for each ticket. 

Ticket info. : http://www.trenitalia.com/content/tcom/it.html

Here I would like to give a highlight of the tourist attractions, movies shot and unknown facts about Venice-

Tourist attractions

Usually, before every travel, I make a list of places to must visit and make a mind map like which ones are closer to each other. I targeted those at a time. But I did totally the opposite while travelling to Venice.

I decided to wander in awe!

Later I found out I visited most of the places which are famous in Venice. But believe me, in Venice everything is worth to watch. Everything!

1. St. Mark’s church

St Marks church is one of the best beautifully designed church in Italy. It is known for its marvellous décor with gold mosaics and Byzantine domes. Whoever loves to visit churches must pay a visit here. It is open to visitors from 9: 45 am – 5 pm and have to count 5 euro each.

2. St. Mark’s Clocktower

It is located before entering St. mark church. 1 minute’s approximate distance from there. It was built as a mark of wealth and power of Venice to anyone who is travelling past to the St. mark square via the lagoon sea.

3. Ponte di Rialto

Ponte Ponte di Rialto also called Rialto bridge is used to cross the Grand Canale and both sides of the bridge are considered happening and crowded streets of Venice.

4. Doge’s palace

Doges palace is the Palace of Justice and the official residence of Doge. It is well known for its architectural beauty and situated in the bank of grand canale. 

5. Grand Canale

The Grand Canale is one of the best attractions in Venice. It is worth to watch the sunset from here and enjoy the lights. Mesmerizing castles both side of the canal made the place worth to stand and feel the beauty. 

6. Piazza San Marco

The place is known as the public square ( St. Mark’s square) of Venice. It’s the most crowded place in Venice as visitors mainly stand here and prefer to take photos. The location is in the centre points of the St. mark’s square and doges palace.

7. Burano

Burano is famous for the colourful houses owned by the fisherman of Venice. It’s a perfect place for good photographs. One can find local food items like butter cookies, Honey here.

8. Murano

Murano is a cluster island in the Venetian lagoon. It is famous globally for glass making, products made with glass, mirrors, etc. It’s also called the glass island of Venice.  

9. The bridges of sighs

The bridge of sighs is the connecting bridge between doge’s palace and the new prison. It is named so because the prisoners would sigh at the final view of the bridge.

10. Basilica of Santa Maria Della Salute

The Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute is one of the largest churches in Venice. One will get a view of it while entering Venice. It has a great view of the Venetian lagoon.

Festivals

Venice is also known for its world-famous festivals. A few of the famous festivals are Carnival of Venice, Venice Biennale, Vogalonga, Su e Zo per I Ponti. 

One festival I always wanted to witness, though I could not this time because the 2020 event was cancelled. It’s the Carnevale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice). 

The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival every year that happens in the St. mark’s square. It’s world-famous for its colourful, gothic, and decorative masks. The festival starts following the military victory of the Venetian Republic over the patriarch of Aquileia. Also, the mask carries different names and identities which make the event meaningful to the locals and internationals.

The upcoming 2021 schedule of Carnival of Venice has been published which is from January 31st to February 2021

Movie shootings                                                  

Venice is always better for filming and the locations are awesome that directors can not stop themselves from choosing this location. There have been numerous movies set and filmed in Venice like-

  • Casino Royale, From Russia With Love and Moonraker (James Bond)
  •  The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • The Italian Job
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • Spiderman far from home and many more

Unknown facts

  • Venice is formed of 118 mini-islands, which are connected by around 400 bridges and over 170 canals.
  • This city was built on wooden piles instead of building on the surface of the island. 
  • Venezuela country in South America was named after Venice “Venezia’ also Venezuela means (Little Venice)
  • Venice has the narrowest street in the world
  • Casino di Venezia or Casino of Venice the first public casino in the world. It was opened in 1638. Moreover, it is regarded as the oldest casino in the World.
  • You will not see any bikes, skateboards, and roller-skates in Venice as they are not allowed. Because big fines are waiting if anyone gets caught riding them.
  • Gondoliers is the highest of the payee’s job in Venice. There are around 400 gondoliers and each year 3-4 gondoliers get licenses. So one needs a license to become a gondolier by enrolling into a course, doing an apprenticeship with a gondolier and taking an exam on Venetian history and landmarks.

You should have higher than the usual budget for Venice as it’s almost double than in other regions. Even locals are leaving Venice because of such pricy situation. I did not stay in Venice as the place I was staying(Padova) was only 2 hours from Venice.

Ideally, I would recommend to spent 1 night in Venice and explore the city. I spent the whole day exploring and got back to Padova in the evening. The return cost from Venice to Padova was also 6 euro. So, this will not only save your money as well as you would be able to watch Padua at less cost and explore a great city.

Travel to Venice will be always remembering because the experts say the city Venice will be underwater by 2100 as it is going underwater 2-4 millimetres every year because of global warming.

I choose travelling rather than being stuck in one place, at the end of the day you will just remember your experiences. Everything else will fleet away.

In the next series, I will write another post about Padova.