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Venice is my happy place even when I am in the worst mood ever this city makes me feel better. Every time I have the opportunity I love to go to Venice. I don't need the aim to go I just like to walk around and be surprised about its beauty. When I have time I love to go where there are fewer tourists to find hidden gems and places to take different photos instead when I have less time I just walk around and then stop for some wine and Cicchetti. Read more about the Must to do in Venice here VENICE.
Hidden gems in Venice
I visited the Libreria Acqua Alta almost by chance even if I am from Venice; I was lost in Venice and I found this amazing and particular place full of books and cats. This library is really lovely, taking the first step inside, you find yourself in front of a big gondola packed with books and around even better: a bathtub full of books with cute cats on it; if the interior has amazed you, the outside will excite you with a stair made by big books. You can find many types of books from historical to yellow books but also a lot of books about Venice and this is also the right place to buy an original souvenir, maybe a book about Venice or about the old kitchen in Venice or again about the dialect in Venice.
Squero San Trovaso is a very interesting place that not everyone knows about it and it is very traditional. In general, Squero is the term to call the place where the Gondolas are built and this, in particular, is the oldest and also one of the few yet in function. The construction of the Gondola is an art, every Gondola is different from the other, they are handmade and every artist has his secret to built them. There are almost 430 gondolas in all Venice and the cost for one is around 20.000 euro this, of course, because the construction has to be done with a specific wood and has to be worked to be strong to avoid damage. My advice? In front of the Squero after the canal, there is a Bacaro really delicious and nice, I used to grab some Cicchetti, some wine and sit in front of the canal and watching the activity, really relaxing on a sunny day.
The end of the Gondola (il Ferro di Prua) has a meaning, the big part represents the cap of the Doge, on the right, there is the Giudecca and on the left the 6 part represent Rialto, San Marco, San Polo, Santa Croce, Castello, Dorsoduro, and Canareggio the six neighbour of Venice and all this big part it is the Canal Grande.
I always wanted to visit the most famous theatre in Venice, Teatro La Fenice but, you know, when you grow up in a city has to be something special to bring you to visit its monument and fortunately, this happens to me; I visited the Fenice on a Saturday night under the star in Venice for an event of a seral opening.
The theatre is situated in Campo San Fantin and It has a really long story; it was originally inaugurated in 1792, during the Napoleon period and it has been modified to host the sovran in the best way indeed it was built a canopy just for his visit. The Fenice was destroyed more than one time, in 1848 and again in 1866 due to the oil illumination used in that period and the structure in wood. Every time the theatre has been rebuilt with the theme and the scenography of that historical moment; the last reconstruction was in 1996 after a fraudulent fired and it was inaugurated with a big opening in 2003. Today the Fenice host famous and traditional exhibitions, like the Aida or Il Barbiere di Siviglia, but also modern shows and of course the typical New Year’s concert.
Ok, this activity is highly recommended if you don’t have a lot of time to spend in Venice, if you are in Venice for a city break or If you are tired of walking but not tired of seeing Venice.
Have you ever thought of a circumnavigation of Venice?
Get on ferry number 4.1, sit outside and enjoy all the circumnavigation of Venice. Personally, I love ferries but I have a problem with seasickness so I only did it once, but I really liked that single time. I took the ferry to Piazzale Roma and sailed all over Venice through the Giudecca, Arsenale to Murano. Do you want to discover more about Murano? Read more here MURANO. I like this ferry because it allows you to see places that are not so touristy or places that if you don’t have much time you won’t see them. Click here to discover the maps and timetable of the ferries. Venice Publics Transportation
Around 800 for safety reasons, all the bridges of the lagoon were added the bulkheads except for two bridges that still have the original style; one of these bridges is in Torcello, and one is in Venice. Have you been to Torcello or have you read my post on Torcello? If you know what I’m talking about otherwise check here TORCELLO.
The Venice bridge called Ponte Chiodo is located outside the regular tourist route; it is a private bridge that leads inside a house and is close to the Jewish ghetto. This is the perfect place for some amazing photos!
An interesting statue to visit is the Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni. Bartolomeo Colleoni was a warlord that fights in many battles for the Serenissima. In 1479 the Republic of Venice decided to celebrate the condottiere with a statue and just one year after Andrea del Verrocchio created the sculpture. The statue, in Campo San Zanipolo, represent Colleoni on a horse, and it is particularly interesting because the horse lay with only three legs and for that year it was a revolution. It wasn't easy to find the perfect stability for both warrior and horse. It seems that it is the first statue where the horse lay on only three legs.
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