Wake up in Venice and Start to explore it!
Venice basics...how is it made?
Venice is a magic city that enchants. Located on the water, living on the water.
It is built on an archipelago of 118 islands, 150 channel pass them and intersect them. The tiny islands are linked together by more than 400 bridges. The city offers a wonderful "collection" of more than 200 churches. First time in Venice? You Must Read our basic tips!
Venice is connected to the main land with the Ponte della Libertà, where trains, cars, buses, tram, run.
After getting off the car, train or bus, you have only one way to discover Venice at its best...walking.
The Anniversary and Birth of Venice is dated back to the 25 of March 421. That day the oldest Church of Venezia has been founded, the Church of San Giacometo of Rialto, as you can imagine, just few minutes from where the Hotel is located, we really suggest you a visit there.
Let's start to explore Venice
Venice is composed from 6 district, we call them Sestieri: San Marco, San Polo, Cannaregio, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro, Castello.
You can walk everywhere you like, Venice is a city human size and walking distances.
The Canal Grande is the main canal that divides in two Venezia. It is crossed from 4 bridges: Ponte di Rialto, Ponte dell'Accademia, Ponte degli Scalzi and the new one Ponte della Costituizione.
Rialto Bridge is the first bridge built along the Canal Grande. The first one the Venetians try to built to connect directly to the Rialto Market was made with boats around the year 1100. The beautiful and important Rialto Bridge that we see now, has been finished to built in the year 1591.
Take you time to explore the old Jewish Ghetto, the most ancient Ghetto of Europe, built during the Serenissima around the 1516. You can visit also the historycal Synagogues, book your tour is easy, the Ticket Office inside the Jewish Ghetto provide information and tours.
Ok, We need and must go to San Marco Square, but then?
San Marco square is "The Square" all the others small squares are called Campo (place). In San Marco a must is to visit the Basilica of San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale, but also Museo Correr. The best time to visit the museums is after lunch, while for the Basilica of San Marco, it is better to be there around 9.40am at opening time.
Take a walk to the Accademia bridge, the view is wonderful. You will see and take a beautiful picture of the last part of the Canal Grande, and admire the Basilica of Santa Maria Della Salute. Go visit it! it is normally free and you can be there with a quick 10 minutes walk. It is all in Barocco style, and one of the most important churches in Venice. Every year we celebrate the Festa della Madonna della Salute.
Go over the Church and arrive to Punta della Dogana. You will see all the Basin of San Marco, San Marco Square and the Lido. The view is breathtaking.
Last, but not less important tip
Visiting the Campanile of San Marco is a "to do thing" but don't forget that you can catch a Vaporetto and go to San Giorgio Maggiore Island, just opposite of San Marco. The Basilica of San Giorgio is a masterpiece of Palladio, and do not forget to get to the lift and go up to the Campanile of San Giorgio, a great view, a peacefull place.
Remember to take a walk to the Zattere during Sunset time...taking a picture of Venezia during that time, it's a picture that will stay forever in your heart and memories.