Familiar sea scent and a blue sunny sky that remind you of the beach, a waterline filled with a dark blue water that comes from the near small islands. A parade of old constructions with a vintage look in front of each other, united by rock and wood bridges that pictures you a village. There’s a city constructed above the water and is under a colorful aura at dawn, gondolas here and there, built up for those who are into artsy places and want to feel part of a blissful film.
Venice is often related to “romance” and what is more romantic than a walk around Plaza San Marco? Surrounded by the renaissance Venetian architecture which is considered one of the most beautiful and important architectures of Italy. Or you can take a trip around its famous waters on a Gondola, alone or with a company, the view of the narrow canals next to the small structures of pastel color buildings, will surely make you happy and warm.
Piazza San Marco or also known as St Mark’s Square is the principal attraction in Venice, you can find it at the heart of the city. It was built in the 16th century long after any building in the city were already there. Waiting at the end, there is the Basilica di San Marco, its construction began around 1000 years ago. Oftenly described as more Islamic looking, the bell towers are the strangely shaped attraction that your eyes will not stop looking at for a while. When the sun starts hiding to welcome the night, everything seems to come alive as the peach tone of the sunlight embosom the facade of the basilica, making it glow slightly.
Going from San Marco right down to the harborside, the incredible Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace, will be waiting for you. Decorated with statues and carvings that remind you of the fall of Adam and Eve, a drunken Noah, you can appreciate the white palace from afar as visitors used to have a view of it when they first arrived from the river. In a boat navigating on the river or from the top of the campanile on the island of San Giorgio, the Venetian gothic-style palace is a perfect combination of both classy and dreamy feeling.
The impression that the outside gives to the visitors is totally different from what you can expect on the inside, every area is filled with art and gilding, incorporating works from renaissance Italian painter Titian and Venetian school painter Tintoretto. As soon as you step inside the palace, a roof with a dark scenery inspired on biblical stories starts on its walls and it’s trapped around gold frames, making you feel amazed at such classical Venetian beauty.
Piazza San Marco is connected to the Grand Canal, it roams Venecia tracing a slothful “S” shape, defining it as much as the piazza does. The limit of the canal meets with the lagoon where it opens up to the piazza, this water line is embellished with the famous gondolas.
Every Venetian road always lead to Piazza San Marco, every street and alley have a sign pointing in the direction, and so, every canal is connected to the Grand Canal. The gondolas used by the attracted tourists operate through these lines.
When to visit
The perfect time to visit Venice is during its winter and cold days. There are fewer visitors during this period which means the hotel prices are lower than in high hot seasons like summer. If you’re fortunate enough, you can witness a flood Piazza San Marco that makes all the tourists forcibly walk through raised walkways to prevent from getting their feet wet.
An ideal winter day in Venice involves a hot chocolate cup or a typically Venetian spritz cocktail (white wine, lemon peel, a bitter aperitif, and seltzer) at Caffé Florian. Founded back in 1720, placed in Piazza San Marco, offers an elegant and comfortable hospitality, elegant walls and numerous mirrors are on every corner of the place, all cracked thanks to the humid sea air.
How to get there
From the international Marco Polo airport, you can take a vaporetto (water bus) or water taxi that will drop you off at the Molo. Settlement can be hard and expensive during the peak of summer months. The industrialized town of Mestre is a short ride on a train away and suggest cheaper options. The Regina and Europa Hotel is a magnificent establishment in a transfigure palazzo, near the Grand Canal’s mouth. A network of vaporetti travel around the main canals and are the best way to get around. Or you can just walk and enjoy the adventure of getting lost in the city.