It is said that Venice should be visited in summer if you want to fully enjoy its beauty, but I don’t agree at all with this idea. After I have recently visited this city in winter, I can definitely say that Venice is as beautiful in winter as it is in summer.
Regardless of the temperature, the only thing you need in Venice is the sun shining in the sky. The sunlight gives this amazing city a magical appearance and it also plays an important role when it comes to a good mood and positive emotions.
Situated in northeastern Italy, the capital of the Veneto region is considered the pearl of Italy thanks to its beauty and notoriety. It was built in a lovely lagoon, on a group of 117 small islands which are separated by canals and linked by bridges. It seems that the entire city is floating on water and this is why Venice is also known as the Floating City or the City of Canals and Bridges.
The image of the beautiful gondolas floating on water perfectly completes the simple but lovely architecture of the city. In front of this scenery you get the feeling that Venice is cut out of a medieval story.
It seems to be an open air museum. Everywhere you look you have something to admire. From the lovely canals, bridges and squares to the marble palaces, the imposing basilicas and churches, everything will give you the feeling that you are part of a fairytale.
The multitude of houses with lovely shutters on windows and the attractive souvenir shops perfectly complete this fairytale scenery. Venice is that type of city that should be discovered at a slow pace, loosing yourself along its narrow and mazy streets that lie on both sides of the Grand Canal (Canale Grande).
Ponte della Constituzione, Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte di Rialto and Ponte dell’ Accademia are the four famous bridges built across the Grand Canal, which is a sort of central boulevard in Venice. Probably the most gorgeous pictures of Venice are taken on one of these bridges. In my opinion Ponte dell’ Accademia will offer you amazing views during daytime and Ponte di Rialto will impress you with its spectacular night panorama.
The lovely squares full of restaurants and cafes are the places where you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of Venice. Considered the heart of the city, St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) is the most famous square in Venice. You should take your time to visit this square and admire St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco), the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the Clock Tower (Torre dell’ Orologio), St. Mark’s Campanile (Campanile di San Marco) and the Museum of the Venetian Civilization. Full of pigeons, St. Mark’s Square has a special charm and vibe.
Ponte della Paglia, the place from where you can admire the image of the famous Bridge of Sighs is also situated close to this square. You should know that you will have the opportunity to cross the Bridge of Sighs if you choose to visit the interior of the Doge’s Palace. I have visited this imposing palace and I definitely don’t regret my choice.
Another lovely place in Venice is Mercati di Rialto, a famous market situated right next to the water which delights its customers with fresh food and inviting spices.
Venice abounds in historical buildings, castles, palaces, museums, basilicas and churches. The first that come to my mind are: Ca’ d’Oro Palace, Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Punte della Dogana, Chiesa di San Simeon Piccolo, Chiesa di San Geremia, Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio, Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena, Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto or Chiesa di San Nicolo. I definitely skipped some important buildings and edifices, but there are too many and it’s really difficult to remember all of them.
In my opinion each of these places is like a puzzle piece which perfectly completes the beauty of Venice. Taking into account all the tourist attractions that you can visit there, it goes without saying that you have to spend at least three days in this magical city.
As I have already said, Venice is equally charming in any season, but you don’t have to take my words for granted. Pictures speak louder than words and this is why I will let the following pictures convince you.
I wish you sunny days in Venice, regardless of the season you choose for your trip! 🙂
1.Lovely image with Canale Grande & Ponte degli Scalzi
2. Ponte di Rialto
3.Chiesa di San Simeon Piccolo
4.Image seen from Ponte dell’Accademia
5. Image seen from Canale Grande
6.Canals in Venice
7.Canals in Venice
8.Canals in Venice
9.Canals in Venice
10.Canals in Venice
11.Canals in Venice
12.Canals in Venice
13. Lovely sunset seen from Punte della Dogana
14.Lovely sunset seen from Punte della Dogana
15.Breathtaking view seen from Punte della Dogana
16.Image seen from Ponte degli Scalzi
17.Image seen from Ponte degli Scalzi
18.Ponte degli Scalzi
19.Mercati di Rialto & Ponte di Rialto
20.Lovely view seen from Ponte dell’Accademia
21.Lovely view seen from Ponte di Rialto
22.Basilica Santa Maria della Salute
23.Beautiful building seen from Canale Grande
24.Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto
25. St.Mark’s Square
27.The Clock Tower
29.The Doge’s Palace
30.The Doge’s Palace
31.The Doge’s Palace
32.The Bridge of Sighs
33.Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio
34.Chiesa di San Geremia
36. And more masks…
37.And more canals…
38.And more canals…