Venice, the capital of Veneto, is a city which is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city is built on an archipelago of 117 islands formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon, connected by 409 bridges. Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world, due to the city’s being one of the world’s greatest and most beautiful cities of art. In 2006, it was the world’s 28th most internationally visited city.
A city tour of Venice is a must for the first-time visitor to understand her beauty, mystery and history. You can walk night and day through the labyrinth of streets, crossing quaint bridges and enjoy canals that make up its historical centre.
You can reach Venezia from Vicenza in one hour and a half from the train station which is not far from our school.
What to see:
ST. MARK’S SQUARE
St. Mark’s square is probably one of the most touristed areas in Venice.
It is the heart of Venice and the first stop for most first-time visitors as it is home to many major monuments. Piazza San Marco is a fascinating place day or night, and leaves visitors spell-bound by its beauty and elegance.
THE GRAND CANAL
The first thing you should do is taking a trip up the Grand Canal on any of the local water taxis. Take a trip when you arrive, and then take several more trips, in both directions, at night, at sunset, and first thing in the morning. You’ll see something different each time. You can also decide to ride out on a gondola.
There are beautiful buildings stretching out all along the Grand Canal, but the key sight on the journey from the Stazione to the Piazza San Marco is the Rialto bridge, striding the Canal Grande about half way up its length. This magnificent and famous bridge was originally nothing more than a floating pontoon, set down in the 12th century to serve the market on the east bank. The current stone bridge dates from 1591, and was considered such an outrageous design at the time, that it was thought it could never last very long. And yet here it still is.
The island of Murano is the home of the world-famous Murano Glass. Take a private Glass shopping tour of Murano to see the finest examples of Murano Glass.