Venice from Piazza San Marco
- Enchantment In Venice -
Venice is an enchanting city. The canals and gondolas have inspired many a creative mind over the centuries. The epicenter of Venice is Piazza San Marco, a square which opens onto the Grand Lagoon. At the east end of the Piazza(square) you will find its treasure, Saint Mark’s Basilica, with its clock tower, or campanile, and the Doge’s palace. The piazza is home to so many pigeons that one would be forgiven if he or she assumed that it was the birth place of the species.
Surrounding the piazza are beautiful shoppes and enchanting sidewalk cafes. Among them is the Caffe Quadri, a wonderful restaurant which was a favorite of the Austrians when they ruled Venice in the 19th century.
The Piazza is connected to the rest of Venice by a virtual spiderweb of streets leading to shopping areas and little piazzas where churches and wonderful cafes can be found in abundance.
The city is small and, for those able to walk, touring the city on foot is the best way to enjoy the Venice experience.
I recommend that cruisers who overnight consider staying in the area near the Venice train station. It is best located for making connections to the cruise port. The hotels there are equally charming as those near the Piazza San Marco and somewhat less expensive. The cafes and stores along the street are charming and give the traveler a true sense of what Venice is about. From there it is a short walk to the Rialto Bridge. The Piazza San Marco can easily be reached on foot, or, for those less adventurous, by vaporetto.
Our guide described Venice as a museum,
and not a city. When we asked why, she explained that life in Venice is hard for the residents. The many canals, the very feature which makes Venice most charming, require residents to traverse many streets and bridges every day. Because of that they view the city as being maintained for its history and its value as a tourist attraction. For the most part Venetians live on the mainland. Most of those living in Venice work in the tourist industry.
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