Can you imagine your parents coming to your promotion and giving you a keys of brand new boat. Here you go child, enjoy it, and drive carefully. Strange, isn’t it; but probably common thing around residents of Venice. But let’s get serious with some facts; there are 417 bridges in Venice, and countless number of boats. 72 of which are private, there are 300 bridges constructed in stone, 60 iron, and the remaining 57 in wood. In ancient times bridges in Venice had no steps because horses were allowed to cross over them at that time.
Venice you MUST visit at least once in your life. It’s divided into six sestieri, or neighborhoods, each with its own personality and purpose; San Marco, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce, Cannaregio and Castello. There are many options to get there. With a plane, by car or train, its up to you. If you coming with a car right after the bridge you will find public parking that will cost you 30€ for a day! Someone will say it’s quite expensive but for the city that is packed with tourist during the whole year I will say it reasonable. Here are mine top 5 things to do if you are visiting Venice for a day or two! So hop on in gondola because we are about to explore some canals.
1. Libreria Acqua Alta (bookshop)
2. Sunset from the Ponte della Academia
There are 4 bridges across main traffic canal of Venice – Canal Grande; the Rialto Bridge, Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte della Costituzione and the Ponte della Academia. Some of them allows most scenic views. I did want to miss the opportunity to find a prefect spot for a sunset so I scheduled my arrival right on time for a sunset from the Ponte della Academia. Gladly recommend everyone to do the same, it was one of my favorite moments from the Venice trip.
3. Have a lunch on the square of Campo San Giacometto
Right before the bridge of Rialto and after the main market of Venice you will find this small square like a perfect midpoint of your long day of sightseeing. On the square Campo San Giacometto I’ve had the best pizza ever. It was hard to decide rather to zoom a food or the colorful buildings behind. We had a break in the restaurant Narazaria and I absolutely recommend it. Nice service, amazing food, reasonable prices and stunning view above all.
4. Take a boat ride on Canal Grande
5. Head on the top of the San Marcos campanile for a bird’s-eye view
P.s. If you find that the line is too big go take vaporetto and climb to the Bell Tower of San Giorgio Maggiore’s Island; perfect spot to take photos and drink in the beauty view of Venice.