By Warren Ward
Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world and the best time to visit it is in spring just before the weather becomes too hot and humid and the place is overrun with tourists.
Venice consists of one hundred and seventeen islands and the best way to explore all of them is by foot, as it provides you proximity with the culture of Venice.
The city is completely water locked and presents you with a unique mixture of modernism and ancient but thriving culture.
The trip can turn out to be a little expensive because of the ever increasing number of tourists present at the venue, therefore be prepared to pay exhorbitant prices. The road side small cafes present a scenic view of the canals flowing and offer the tourists a chance to sit back and relax something which is quite missing in our daily mundane life.
Venice is made up of four hundred nine bridges and close to one hundred fifty canals. The sight of the whole city running on these water lines is so amazing that one can sit watching the whole scene without losing interest. Now the Grand Canal is the artery of the city as it runs throughout the city and is the stream that has most of the traffic of the whole Venice. The four famous bridges are the Ponte dell'Accademia, the Rialto Bridge, the Ponte Degli Scalzi and Ponte Della Constrituzione.
Other great things to visit in the city are the Bridge of Sighs, an enclosed bridge which was the link from the prison to the Doge's palace. There is an old legend that says that if lovers kiss precisely at the sunset on a gondola under this bridge then their love with shine forever.
The Doge Palace is also very famous building of Venice. It was the abode for the family which ruled the city in ancient times. The building also worked as a jail and courthouse. The building is filled with numerous masterpieces of sculpture and art and for the admirers of them it can take a few hours to admire all the beauty. The best way for an excursion to the palace is the "Secret tour," Itinerari Segreti. It is a permit which allows the person to roam around all the parts of palace.
One of the most astonishing buildings of Venice is St. Mark's Basilica. It is built on the style Byzantine architecture and is the only building in the world which the showcases the innovation that Byzantine encompasses. The church was built using more than 40,000 gold pieces and is an absolute delight to witness the gathering there. The high points of St Mark's Basilica provide the viewers with a breath taking view of the Venice. Another interesting trivia about St Mark's Basilica is the abundance of pigeons in the compound. They are so large in number and the atmosphere there is truly surreal.
Of course accommodation in Venice is not going to be cheap but you can always book a room outside of the city and travel in.
In succinct Venice is the only place that must be visited at least once, as it showcases the eclectic lifestyle of today that blends so seamlessly with of the past.
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