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Virtual Italy Tour of Venice

Overview of Venice

Ah, Venice! It is the city that is built on water and has gondolas as the primary mode of transportation everywhere. Who hasn’t dreamt of traveling to this glorious Italian city and who hasn’t wished to experience the grandeur that is found in the marble structures lining the hundreds of canals here? If you are a hopeless romantic, Venice is usually one of the top places on your list of cities to see in Italy.

Grand Canal in Venice Italy

Venice is a city that was built on more than 100 islands, and the buildings in this northeastern Italy city is connected by bridges and separated by canals. The city is in the Venetian Lagoon, which is an enclosed shallow bay in between the mouths of the Piave and Po Rivers. The majesty of this city is something that should be savored, which is why those who think that a three-hour day trip to this gloriously unique city in Italy is enough will need to come back on a longer trip.

Where to Go and What to See in Venice

When you come to Venice, you will usually want to take it all in, with all the marvelous sights to see in this part of Italy. There are a few sights however, that do take the cake, so to speak, when it comes to grandeur and epic memorability. Here are a few of them:

The Grand Canal – This is one of the most visited bodies of water in Italy, and for a good reason. This is where gondolas cruise by, with tourists taking in the many age-old buildings that line the waters, and enjoying the uniqueness of the city. The Grand Canal is lined with upwards of 170 buildings, almost all of which have been around since as early as the 13th century, with the newest ones having been built in the 18th century. Only three bridges traverse the width of the canal, but in the past, only the Rialto Bridge crossed this wide expanse of water.

Basilica di San Marco – The Basilica of San Marco, and by extension the Piazza San Marco, is one of the main tourist destinations here. This church has a rather intricate and highly detailed design that features opulent decorations such as gold ground mosaics, marble cladding, and ornate carvings, not to mention impressive capitals and friezes, and statues. You don’t have to buy tickets or pay a fee to enter this church, but dressing appropriately is a must.

Palazzo Ducale – Also known as the Doge’s Palace, this structure is one of the main landmarks in the city of Venice and is built with a very Venetian Gothic design. As the name implies, this was the residence of the Doge of Venice who was the highest official of the land in the former Republic of Venice. These days, the Palace serves as a museum and shows the world the opulent lifestyle that the old officials of the city used to live.

What to Do in Venice

When in Venice, you will find that there is more to do than just check out the old churches, ride the gondolas, and marvel at the buildings lining the canals. You can also do some of these other things that tourists tend to enjoy in this magnificent city:

Carnivale in VeniceCarnivale in Venice

Go on a Lesser-Known Venetian Wine Tour – This wine and cicchetti tour is probably Venice’s worst kept secret. Even though it is named “the secret wine tour”, it is not as secret as it makes out to be. This tour takes approximately three hours and takes you around the many wine bars of Venice where you sample not only the wines there but also the cicchetti, which is the Venetian version of tapas.

Indulge in Seafood Like You’ve Never Had Before – Since Venice is a city surrounded by water, it is but natural that seafood be abundant here. Fresh, and sometimes live, seafood can be found in the seafood stalls along the Chioggia and Rialto markets. Enjoy these at the many restaurants found in the city that specialize in seafood.

Join the Carnevale – This world-famous masked party has been celebrated in Venice for centuries now, having been in existence since the Middle-Ages. This pre-Lenten event brings people to the Piazza San Marco where people in costume and wearing fancy Venetian masks pose and wait for photographers from around the world to take their pictures.

Venice is an exciting and captivating tourist destination. Any trip to this part of Italy is sure to be one that will be forever imprinted in your memory as one of the most amazing times of your life. You can visit Venice as part of a guided tour or you can choose to customize a trip to this magical city in order to fully enjoy everything it has to offer.

Enjoy this 3D Tour of Venice!