Venice Today

 

Today’s Venice is more than ever a city devoted to art, in all its forms. Historic art can be seen in its numerous museums, which display the most beautiful original works of art by the artists who gave a major contribution to the history of art.

Venice museums

By taking a simple walk you will find yourself surrounded by palazzi and churches whose architectural features turn them into an open-air museum. Moreover, once every two years Venice holds one of the most important exhibitions in the world on contemporary art: la Biennale di Venezia, which acts as a springboard for today’s best artists and their work.
The Theatre “La fenice” (which has been completely rebuilt at last) and the numerous Auditoriums scattered all over the city offer many shows. Classical music finds in Venice its ideal setting, as the city is a natural choreography that goes perfectly with symphony and chamber music.

Venice is also known as the “City of lovers” because the absence of cars allows people to take long and serene walks, reached only by the sound of water washing the shores. Venice is suitable for the youngest tourists and the more mature ones, as the city itself inspires the rules of intimacy among people.
It lacks the amusements typical of all large cities, there are no huge discos (only one, which is very nice actually), but it is rich in places where you can eat the typical Venetian “cicchetti” (small portions of food usually served with aperitives) and drink an excellent “spritz” (aperitif), maybe listening to some great musicians playing jazz.
Obviously, the most restless ones can always go to the mainland, at few kilometers from Venice, where some of the most beautiful discos in Italy can be found, and for those of you who love gambling, Venice hosts one of the best Casinos in the world.

One of the most extraordinary events is the Carnevale di Venezia which draws in hundreds of thousands visitors from all over the world. For about 10 days the streets are painted with the most incredible colours and masks. In this period Venice is the quintessence of entertainment and music.

Restaurants in Venice are famous for their culinary skills, especially for their fish specialities. Prices are always displayed in showcases outside restaurants so as to allow people to choose places they can afford.

Getting into Venice is very easy, no matter how you choose to move. There are large parking lots but it is a good idea to choose and reserve a place before you arrive, just to be sure that you find a place where to park and at a fair price. Another possible solution is to park your car on the mainland, in Mestre, from where you can count on frequent connections all day long, and slightly less frequent ones late at night, and reach Venice in 10 minutes.

In Venice there are hundreds of hotels, hostels and B&Bs that offer a wide range of categories and prices. Should all hotels be full up, or if you find Venice too expensive, you may choose to find an accomodation in Mestre because, as already mentioned, it really is very close to Venice.

The railway station is located right in the centre so arriving by train is indeed an excellent solution. If you decide to get there by train click here

The airport is only few kilometers away and connections between the airport and Venice are possible both by bus and by sea. It takes about 45 minutes.
From the Marco Polo airport you can reach the historic center in several ways click here for more info.

VENETIAN MASK – MERCHANT OF VENICE – GONDOLA TOUR

The gondola is the only boat in the world which, being just 11 metres long and weighing more than 600 kilograms, can be steered with agility and easyness by just one person and with only one oar and it has become, for millions of tourists, the very symbol of Venice.

It is unique, just like the town that it represents, also for its constructive characteristiques.

First of all it is asymmetrical, as its left side is larger than the right one for 24 cm and so it always sails tilted on one side.
The keel, thus, is not straight but it bends to the right, so that the gondola floats particularly tilted on the right-hand side. That allows the counterbalancing of the push of the only oar which would tend to carry it to the left side. It has got a flat bottom which let it sail in shallow water. For its construction eight different types of wood are used and 280 are the parts tha gondola is made of.
The only metal elements are the characteristic ‘fero’ (iron) made of six teeth at the bow (front), whose S form should imitate the winding of the Canal Grande and the lunette, placed under a stylized doge’s cap, the bridge of Rialto, while the six teeth should represent the six sestieri into which Venice is divided and the ‘risso’ (crook) astern (back), which should symbolize Giudecca island.

Before the gondola became of exclusive tourist use, that is for few decades, at the centre of it a winter and night covering called felse was usually placed, endowed with a door and sliding windows with Venetian blinds and curtains, mirrors and a hand-warmer; that was used in order to protect passengers both from cold and inquisitive gazes; nowadays it has almost completely fallen into disuse as it limits the visibility and so it is not suggested to tourists.

Today:

Going on a tour by gondola through the canals of Venice is not cheap but it is surely very evocative.
We are going to list some general prices for you:
Daytime hire (of course with the gondolier)
50 minutes, six persons at the most per gondola EURO 73,00
For every 25 minutes exceeding the first 50 EURO 37,00
From h.8,00 p.m. to 8,00 a.m.

Hire service and tour by night
50 minutes, six persons at the most per gondola EURO 91,00
For every 25 minutes exceeding the first 50 EURO 47,00

If necessary you can get on a gondola also by using it as a ferry-boat (as lots of Venetians do) in order to reach the opposite side of the Canal Grande. The price is of about one Euro. The most famous ferry-crossings are the ones between the Frari and St. Samuele and between St. Fosca and Rialto Market.

 

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