September 19, 2014

Five reasons to visit Venice



























In the second of our “five reasons to visit” series, we look at a city that shouldn't exist; but does. A city awash with history, culture and art. A city that has captured imaginations for centuries and will continue to do so. A city of spires and arches rising out of the water…

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Yes, it's packed with tourists, you wouldn't swim in the canals if your life depended on it, and the buildings are (unsurprisingly) steeped in grime and damp, but the allure of Venice still holds strong. We've narrowed it down to just 5 reasons why you should visit at least once in your lifetime…

1.The art & history
In a city with the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square kilometre, just walking through the piazzas is stepping through the canvas. There is art around every corner. From the shoemakers, chefs, artists, musicians and glassblowers, everyone is creating their masterpiece.



2. Getting lost in the alleys
The way to truly explore Venice? Step away from the tourist crowds and get lost walking down the maze of alleys. This is where you will see the locals hanging up washing, children playing in hidden courtyards, a tiny cafe on a corner... order a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy the real Venice.



3. The colours of Burano
In contrast to the earthy colours of the lagoon and buildings, Burano is a colourful Crayola box of fuschia, mustard, lilac, aqua, lime and the very brightest colours.




4. The gondolas
Venice's most distinctive sight, the canals and gondolas remain a must on every traveller's visit. Despite being the most expensive taxi ride you will ever take, a trip on a gondola is still one of the most memorable and romantic ways to see the city from the water.

























5. St Mark's Square at dawn

Crammed with tour groups during the day, the time to properly see this famous piazza (reportedly called the “drawing room of Europe” by Napoleon) is at dawn. Before the boats drop off the tourists and while the city is just waking up, have a cappuccino and watch the sun rise, as millions like you have done from that exact spot for centuries.




























Why would you visit Venice? Comment below with your thoughts and experiences on Venice – we’d love to hear from you.

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