Venice, Italy’s Romantic Getaway

Venice, the city of water in Northern Italy, is a classic destination appearing to be simultaneously stuck in the past and forging into the future. Popular for its striking architecture, miles of waterways and unique artists, Venice has much to offer travelers looking for a vibrant city with a rich history.

Venice is an architecture lover's dream. There are hundreds of stunning buildings to admire, but a few really stand out from the crowd. The Basilica de San Marco welcomes visitors with angels and features intricate stone work, mosaics tiles and over eight hundred years of craftsmanship. The church displays centuries of distinctive design and hides the Pala d'Oro, an altar studded with precious jewels. Also popular is the Palazzo Ducale, a medieval structure used for centuries as a political meeting place. Climb the Giant's Staircase to the grand council hall, or admire the exquisite wood and stone carvings.

Canals of Venice, ItalyNo visit to Venice would be complete without a gondola ride along the famous water ways that traverse the city. More than just a tourist attraction, these traditional boats are a real means of transportation for many Italians to this day. Enjoy a serenade by your private gondolier as you sit back and enjoy the beautiful sights Venice has to offer. Many reasonably priced hotels and apartments in Venice can be found along or very near these romantic canals.

Venice is still regarded as a city of artisans, and its rich art history can be explored in a number of galleries and museums. The Peggy Guggenheim gallery exhibits modern art and sculpture, while the Gallerie dell'Accademia houses pieces from the 14th to 18th centuries. Many of the works in this past convent were once considered too sensational for public viewing, and the collections here provide an intriguing glimpse into the evolution of European society.

Evening in Piazza San Marco, Venice, ItalyItaly is particularly famous for its food, and Venice does not disappoint in this area. Visit the Trattoria Conte Sconta for traditional pastas, one of the city's gellato restaurants, or Ae Oche restaurant for over seventy varieties of wood fire pizza. After a long day of sightseeing, the Piazza San Marco provides the ideal spot to sample traditional Italian music while enjoying a coffee in one of its many cafes.

The vibrancy of Venice is unmistakable, and its diversity attracts visitors from all over the world. With its blend of modern and traditional, art and science, pulsing squares and peaceful side streets, travelers are sure to be spoiled for choice no matter what their interests.

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