Venice is the heart of Italy. If there’s one place you should visit in your life it is Venice. Venice is the epitome of beauty, it is spectacular is every shade of light. Not land nor water, Venice has it all. With its fantastic sunsets, the beautiful rivers and ocean sides, Venice is the ultimate vacation spot.
Main attractions not to miss in Venice:
1. The Grand Canal
The Grand Canal or Canal Grandeis is one of the main attractions in Venice. It sits right in the heart of Venice. It’s more than 21/2 miles (3 km) long and full of vaporetti, barges, water taxis and gondolas. Bordering the canal are beautiful palazzi, largely dating from the 14th to the 18th century. While in Venice you can take a gondola ride taking vaporetto no 1 from front of Santa Lucia railway station. Three stunning bridges span the canal (Scalzi, the Rialto and Accademia).
Best by the Canal restaurants to visit:
- · Da Fiore, San Polo, Venice, Italy
This canal side restaurant serves high class and fancy foods like fish entrees “sea bass in balsamic vinegar”, “tunny-fish with rosemary flavor” or the typical Venetian “risotto moleche”; and for all sweeties the cakes are a must! Reservations are recommended Da Fiore is closed on Sunday & Monday
Address: Sestiere San Polo, 2202, 30125 Venice, Italy
Phone: +39 041 721 308
- · All’ Arco, San Polo, Venice, Italy
Across the iconic Rialto bridge, on the other side of the Grand Canal and tucked down an alleyway, is tiny All’ Arco (Calle Arco, San Polo 436, lunchtime only). This little restaurant is a busy place because of the nearby Rialto market. Rialto market is a shopper’s heaven, which sells a variety of fresh fish and is a favorite gathering place for local Venetians. This restaurant serves delectable plates of cicheti on the bar, langoustines, calamari, liver, speck and prawns, all served on slices of bread. They have a variety of different foods, so chow down bona petite.
Address: Sestiere San Polo, 436 30125 Venice, Italy
phone: +39 041 520 5666
2. Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco is the most important church in Venice and one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. If you ever go to Venice this is one place you must visit. With its stained glass and byzantine characters, it is art at its finest. Its great stained glass mosaics illustrate St. Marco’s tales, as well as the scenes of the Old and New Testament.
Venetians adorned it with precious and priceless objects along with works of art brought in from the most distant places, as a result designing a stunning monument.
3. Teatro La Fenice
Teatro La Fenice is a treasure in Venice, which was built in 1790, in what is by far the most beautiful location in the world. After Giannantonio Selva’s opera house burned-down in 1837, the modest opera house has been rebuilt in a fantastic design and style to present remarkable shows and performances with the best singers, performers, conductors and directors. The Fenice Theatre was destroyed by fire two times. The first time it burned down in 1836. The restoration was carried out by Tommaso and Giambattista Meduna. The last time it burned down in 1996, Venice wanted to rebuild it as quickly as possible, and they made it just as splendid. This site is a must see while you are in Venice.