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The Seven Wonders of Venice

Walking around Venice is rather like walking around a museum, I’ve never been anywhere like it. Everything is worth seeing, but if I had to pick the best seven things about Venice, then I would say these:

1. San Marco Piazza

I’m not sure I’ve ever had the reaction that I had when I first stepped into San Marco Piazza. I think I may have actually done a double take and exclaimed out loud. It was night, the square was empty and we’d emerged slightly lost from an alleyway to find some of the most staggering architecture I have ever seen.

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2. Doge’s Palace

There are many great galleries in Venice but I was most impressed by the art in the Doge’s Palace. Not only is the architecture pretty amazing but inside you’ll find room after room, covered in Renaissance images. And these rooms were not small, in fact some of them were huge- I have no idea how long those pictures took but I’m guessing it was a while.

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3. Libreria Acqua Alta

The Libreria Acqua Alta is probably one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. Certainly, it is one of the most interesting- it is as much a tourist attraction as it is a bookshop. There was a gondola full of books and a staircase of books out the back which you can actually climb over.

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4. Meatballs from Trattoria Ca’ Doro alla Vedova

I kid you not, I didn’t even know meatballs could taste this way. I have no idea what is in them, I just know that you need to try them. As a general rule, cicchetti (Venetian tapas) is a wondrous thing but this was certainly my favourite.

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5. The Bridge of Sighs

Venice is full of beautiful bridges like the Rialto Bridge or the Accademia Bridge. This white limestone bridge is my favourite. The bridge goes from the Doge’s Palace to the prison and apparently is named after the sound prisoners made as they took a last look at their family and their city.

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6. Scuola Grande di San Marco

Originally a religious building constructed in 1488, the Scuola Grande di San Marco was converted into a hospital in 1819. It is easily the most beautiful hospital I have ever seen and probably the most beautiful hospital I ever will see. For me this says it all about Venice, everything is different.

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7. Price of wine

Venice is not known for being cheap, but wine is actually cheaper than soft drinks. I was delighted to find that it was available for even my limited budget. Alternatively, go for the local drink and try a Spritz- it costs about the same (happy days). Grab a glass and sit by the Grand Canal, on a warm evening with the sun going down and you will not want to be anywhere else.

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10 Comments

    • Thank you! That’s a Spritz- I think it is a combination of prosecco (or something similar), a liqueur and soda water- it’s a popular drink in Venice.

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  1. LOVE this post! I’m hoping to hit Venice in the spring — pictures like these make me want to hop on a place tomorrow!

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    • Thank you very much! I’d definitely recommend Venice, it is an amazing place and I hope you have a lovely time if you are able to go 😀

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  2. Love the list.

    Next time you’re there I would recommend a visit to either
    * Caffe Florian (One of the Oldest Cafes in Europe); or
    * Harry’s Bar (went there last year and there is some history to it – here’s my review – http://lifeofatravelczar.com/venice/harrys-bar-venice/)
    * Burano Island (its still part of Venice) – the food is more authentic and you get to experience a lot of local culture

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    • Thank you! I did see Caffe Florian but didn’t get a chance to go in and I tried to go to Burano but got it mixed up with Murano and never made it 😛 next time!

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      • Venice can be confusing… Murano is meant to be really nice too (I haven’t been yet). There is so much to see – missed out on some of the places on your list, so will try them next time. 🙂

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      • Murano is nice but I think the main reason to go there is to go to the glass factory which we weren’t too fussed about. There is so much to see in Venice, will just have to go back 😛

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