(19 – 21 april 2007)
Venice is a city with countless imitations.
How many “Venices” scattered around the world?
Amsterdam (the North Venice), St. Petersburg (the Baltic Venice), Suzhou (the East Venice) ….
But Venice is a unique city in the world, surrounded by a lagoon, a true open-air museum.
The Grand Canal is the main waterway of the city, crowded as a great thoroughfare of any metropolis in the world. But Venice is not just any other city. Gondolas, ferries and boats carry thousands of people every day, tons of cargo, extricating between small and large channels, licking buildings and hotels with beautiful architecture, navigating under the four main bridges, the Ponte of Rialto, the Scalzi Bridge, the Academy Bridge and, lately, the Calatrava Bridge.
It’s a city that lives in total harmony with the water. The buildings have their own foundations immersed in the sea and you wonder how this city, so fragile, stand up after so many centuries.
It always says that Venice is destined to disappear. Hopefully not, but in the meantime a trip of a few days in Venice is an essential experience.
The best way to get there is by train from Rome, Milan, Padova or Verona.
If you reach Venice by car, it can be parked in one of the many parking garages found at Mestre. Some of these are in the immediate vicinity of the train station.
Then take the train: in a few minutes, crossing the Liberty Bridge, leading to Venice. Outside the station you are immediately immersed in Venice.
To reach the hotel, you can walk (it is not very far away) or by vaporetto. A vaporetto-stop is right in the immediate vicinity of the station.
NOT TO BE MISSED
Piazza San Marco
The Rialto Bridge
The Bridge of Sighs
The island of Murano
WITH A LITTLE MORE TIME
The islands of Burano and Torcello
The Church of Santa Maria dei Frari
A trip on the Grand Canal (gondola or vaporetto).