Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its special charm is evident at first glance: More than 150 canals run through the “Serenissima”, the narrow streets and alleys of the old town are exclusively reserved for pedestrians. But even away from the historical center, Venice enchants with its unique impressions, experiences and sights. Here you can find out which highlights you shouldn't miss out on on your next visit to the lagoon city.
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In Venice you can find masterpieces of art and architecture on every corner. The Scuola Grande di San Rocco in the San Polo district is a must-see for everyone who wants to move a little away from the classic sights: this is where the Venetian painter Tintoretto created his most famous cycle of paintings. Just a few minutes' walk away you can marvel at the largest painting in the world on canvas in the Church of San Panthalon.
Anyone who has ever been to Venice knows: An Aperitivo Veneziano is simply part of it. The perfect place to enjoy the locals' favorite drink - Spritz - with traditional snacks and finger food is Campo Santa Margherita. The bars that line the picturesque square are some of the city's most popular meeting places for students and are open until late. In addition to culinary delicacies, the lively district also has plenty of intellectual delicacies to offer: In numerous bookshops, extraordinary treasures are waiting to be discovered.
In the lagoon city, even a ride on public transport is an experience - because it doesn't move on asphalt, but on water. The vaporetto takes you from the San Basilio stop to Giudecca island in a few minutes, where you can experience authentic and popular Venice. Architectural masterpieces such as the Chiesa del Redentore or the Casa dei Tre Oci can be found here as well as the famous Mariano Fortuny fabric factory, where the history of traditional weaving is still alive today. The trattorias of the Giudecca serve you the culinary tradition of Venice with dishes such as bigoli, scampi alla busera or pasta e fagioli. For dessert, take a vaporetto to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, just a few dozen meters away, where there is an exciting mix of history, art and architecture to explore.
After the "island hopping", the vaporetto takes you to San Marco in a few minutes, right into the beating heart of the old town. St. Mark's Square is the only piazza in the city - all other squares are called "Campo" - and has always been considered the "living room of the Venetians". Here you can marvel at several world-famous sights: The Doge's Palace Palazzo Ducale is connected to the Basilica of San Marco by the monumental Porta della Carta. Opposite is the 99 meter high campanile, which the Venetians also call el paròn de casa ("master of the house").
Shopping fans will find all the big names in Italian and international fashion in the nearby Calle Larga XXII Marzo and along the Mercerie. In addition, there are countless historical shops, creative designer shops and boutiques, art galleries, antique dealers, luxury bazaars, workshops, studios, gourmet kiosks and delicatessen stores to discover in every district.
The craftsmanship is firmly rooted in Venice: For over a millennium, the Venetian masters have been known for their precious creations such as mosaics, fabrics, jewels and perfumes. Probably the most famous symbol of this tradition is the island of Murano, where refined glasswork of a quality that is unique in the world has been produced since the Middle Ages. The Museo del Vetro located here houses one of the largest Murano glass collections in the world and tells the seven-hundred-year history of traditional craft from the 14th century to the present day.
There are a total of eleven city museums in Venice, which house a legacy of over 500,000 works of art and 2,000,000 scientific finds - including extraordinary highlights such as the Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo, where clothing and perfumes play the leading role. A stroll through the small quarter of Santa Croce, which is home to this museum, reveals other cultural treasures such as the historic garden of Palazzo Soranzo Cappello or some of the oldest churches in Venice. If you want to walk in the footsteps of the famous painter Tintoretto, the Cannaregio district is the right address: Here you will find the Madonna dell'Orto church, which the artist decorated with a special series of paintings and chose as his final resting place.
To the north of the old town lies the Jewish ghetto of Venice, which has existed for over 500 years and is now one of the city's liveliest and most popular areas. After a visit to the Jewish museum or a tour of the synagogues, you should definitely take the time to get to know the Jewish-Venetian cuisine: It combines different culinary styles into a unique mix that enriches Mediterranean flavors with Middle Eastern and Northern European fragrances, but also local ones Incorporates ingredients and traditions.
Would you like to explore the diversity of Venice yourself in 2021? For more information and travel tips, visit www.italia.it and www.veneziaunica.it