7 things to do in Venice

 Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world; with long canal rides, and beautiful buildings, it is not hard to see why. Whether you’re going solo or with that special someone, here are the 7 things that are a must-do in Venice:

1. Visit St. Mark’s Basilica:

This elaborate church sits on the popular piazza by the same name. The church was built in honour of Saint Mark the evangelist. The basilica was crafted from many different styles of architecture, and today it is hard not to be entranced by its beauty. From the four bronze horses that guard the entrance to thousands of square feet of mosaics to the Pala d’Oro, you will be in awe of the beauty of the place. The basilica is open daily from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. with abbreviated hours on Sunday and holidays.

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2. Rowing Down the Streets of Venice:

One of the things that set Venice apart from the rest of the world is, that instead of streets made out of concrete and such, its streets are actually canals. And the Grand Canal is the main street of Venice; stretching 2-mile-long, the Grand Canal is one of the city’s most popular and highly photographed attractions. The Gondola ride makes for a romantic setting which you can enjoy with your significant other, though it may be a little expensive. Vaporetto lines No. 1 and 2 go down the Grand Canal, and it is strongly recommended that a travel card if you don’t plan on walking the entirety of your trip.

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3. The sights of Rialto Bridge:

Next up we have Rialto Bridge, which has a deep connection with the Grand Canal. Because several centuries ago, if you wanted to cross the Canal, this bridge was the only way; granted there are several other options available now, it still has a historical significance. The bridge’s current incarnation is the handiwork of Antonio da Ponte, the bridge is built entirely of marble after collapsing multiple times from previous wooden designs.

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4. Enjoy the World’s Finest Opera at Teatro La Fenice:

One of the most popular opera houses in the country, the opera house has an old world feel with intricately designed gold interiors outfitted with plush velvet chairs, giving off the perfect classic opera house vibe. A variety of dance, ballet, musical performances and operas are scheduled throughout the year. There also day tours available as well.

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5. Companile di San Marco:

This articular bell tower that exists presently was constructed in the early 20th century, as the replica of the original 15th-century one. It pays a tribute to the original tower, that provided a stage for Galileo Galilei’s presentation of the telescope; it also served as a stage for tightrope walkers who would humour the doge with their feats during the flight of the Angel celebration. Today’s campanile is used for sightseers desiring a Venetian panorama. Though this view will be without the sight of canals, as they are not visible from that high up; most visitors say the attraction is well worth your time and makes for a great photo opportunity.

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6. Enjoy a little History at St. Mark’s:

This place is considered to be the heart of Venice by many; as the largest square in the city, it is considered to be the heart of the city. Lining the square are multiple historical sites including St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Campanile and Doge’s Palace, as well as a number of restaurants, making it the perfect spot for leisurely people-watching and wine sipping. Along with intricate architecture and hearty plates of spaghetti carbonara, visitors will also be met with throngs of tourists, pigeons and vendors selling souvenirs.

7. Bridge of Sighs:

Centuries ago, the bridge (which connects the Doge’s Palace to dungeons) was used to transport prisoners from the courtroom to the prisons. According to legend, the bridge is named after the sighs the prisoners took when they gazed upon the outside world for the last time. But on a lighter note, Venetian lore says if two lovers kiss on a gondola under the bridge, they’ll be granted eternal bliss. Travellers going to the bridge appreciated the details of the architecture and unique placement of the bridge, saying it was a nice photo op, especially while the gondolas passed underneath it.

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There are lots of great things to do in Venice and this is just a fraction of what Venice has to offer. Do you have a favourite thing you like to do? Can you add to my list? What do you recommend to do in Venice?