I have travelled to the famous city of Venice countless times (okay, thirteen) in my life but each time, there is always something new to experience, a thrill to get lost again in Venice’s numerous winding streets with a map in hand, or to taste the great Venetian liver recipe ‘fegato alla veneziana‘ and later relax with a Spritz by the beach. This past weekend, I set off as a tour guide; a pastime indulgence, with my friend from Kenya, East Africa, who was celebrating a birthday and had been planning all her life to visit the magical city after reading about in the famous ‘Merchant of Venice‘ by William Shakespeare.
Piazza San Marco Basilica tiled with Byzantine mosaics
Venice is one of the most unique and romantic cities in the world. It is beautiful in all seasons. It hosts some of the world’s greatest historical sites and travellers flock daily to see these in every part of the city. A superpower in middle ages till 19th century, it was very rich and is still adorned with gorgeous palaces and architectural structures. Venetians were best known to be great merchants and still are. Venice was ranked the most beautiful city in the world as of 2016. The city gets up to 60,000 tourists per day (2017 estimate).
Lorenzo Quinn’s ‘Hands’ sculpture visualizing how close we are all connected with the effects of climate change
Horses of San Marco square are a replica of the Triumphal Quadriga which were taken from Constantinople and brought to Venice as symbols of triumph. Travelling by air or train is quite easy to Venezia Santa Lucia or Mestre, to visit other sites such as the the Bridge of Sighs, Murano and Lido di Venezia among others.
Bridges and waterways
The city is comprised of a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Venice has no major roads, just canals including the grand canal thoroughfare. Gondolas equal as taxis, although it is quite costly for travelers to ride on them. Most tourists prefer to walk along the narrow beautiful streets and experience the magic of the unique atmosphere. It is also characterized by stylish outdoor dining areas for Spring and Summer eatery, ‘Osteria & Pizzeria’ as is the rest of Italy.
Il canale di grande Venezia
A great sight both day and at night,is the ‘Ponte di Rialto’, one of Venice’s well-known landmarks for travellers. Best recognized as ‘Shylock’s bridge’, tourists flock on it to have memorable ‘travel selfies’ and a view of boats in the canal. We had some great night Ice cream dessert by the bridge, served by the ever elegant and punctual Albanians residing in Venice.
Love padlocks and Gondolas
Happiness at that moment was also equal to experiencing a most extra ordinary sunset by the Adriatic sea, Which borders the lagoon city. Many tourists in this ‘City of Water’, ‘City of Masks’, ‘City of Bridges’,’The Floating City’, ‘City of Canals’ etc escape to celebrate love and adventure. Couples hold each other tightly as if to bind this magic in gondolas and the bridges are filled with numerous padlocked ‘Hearts- love’ forever.
Venice also has a rich history in symphonic and operatic music, having been the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi. In fact, on our many walks around the city, we crashed into wedding processions and performing choirs. Typical Venetians celebrate a great masquerade festival during ‘Carnevale di Venezia’ that ends with Lent, 40 days before Easter weekend.
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What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! and have a most deserved relaxed weekend in the most beautiful city in the world!!
Come with me next weekend… Let us explore Iscar Valladolid, Spain