Discovering our world: Venice, Italy

Hello my dear readers,

Have you ever been to Italy? If yes, I guess you did not miss Venice πŸ™‚ and if not yet, remember that Venice is a must see city, at least once in a lifetime!

For me there’s no other city in the world like it!

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Visiting Venice is truly an experience in itself: a journey through time and an immersion in the lagoon. This splendid floating city on the water was created on about 120 islands formed between 150 canals and connected by over 400 bridges. Here is hiding a cultural and artistic heritage among the most beautiful in the world: the elegant buildings on the Grand Canal, the delicacy of Palazzo Ducale overlooking the San Marco square, the grandeur of the Basilica and the bell tower of San Marco, but also the small artisan shops and picturesque colorful houses, the tradition of Murano glass and Burano lace, a romantic gondola ride or an aperitif in a cozy bar overlooking the sea.

In visiting Venice, you must first of all take into consideration that you are about to arrive in a city built on water, in which the circulation of cars, motorcycles, bicycles, skates and even scooters is prohibited. Isn’t it this wonderful? To go to work, to school or just for a lunch, Venetians use the water, their main public transport system are ferries and boats. However, they can’t reach every part of the city and the best way to get around in Venice is on foot! Walking is certainly the cheapest, fastest and healthiest way to get around the city, really getting into the local everyday life and discovering the most secret architectural views of Venice… because in Venice it’s also worth getting lost!

Speaking of boats and canals, how can I not tell you about the gondola, the sinuous black boat that runs between the canals?Β Don’t miss a ride with the gondola, because you will see the city from another perspective, you will slide under the low bridges, you will hear the lapping of the water, you will discover the vocabulary of the rowers and if you are lucky, your gondolier will entertain you with amusing anecdotes and stories from the past. In short it is a fantastic emotion that you can only live it in Venice!

But let’s get to the point: Venice is so beautiful and rich in culture and tourism that choosing what to see and do can be really difficult.

Some things that you must include in your visit list are: Palazzo Ducale, one of the greatest testimonies of the power and wealth achieved by the Serenissima, Basilica di San Marco, San Marco square, visit Murano e Burano islands. Since usually are very crowded, is always better to book your tickets online in advance, so that you can avoid the waiting time and enjoy it.

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After daytime visits, if you want to appreciate Piazza San Marco in an even more magical way, I advise you to go back at dawn or late in the evening, when the crowd clears up considerably and the square will appear in all the splendor of the ‘most beautiful living room of Europe ‘, as Napoleon called it.

Venice is a real paradise for photography lovers: art, glimpses of water, buildings and details of everyday life that seems to belong to a distant past are such a source of inspiration, that we often forget about the people around us!

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Venice has plenty of accommodations of any kind, of any price and of any style. Maybe you should avoid the center, crowded streets, lot of tourists, small and expensive rooms. Entire Venice is a historic center and the must-see places are scattered everywhere so you may choose various accommodations even if are not really in the center of the city.

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When is the perfect period to visit Venice?Β Venice is universally recognized as a jewel of architecture, art and engineering, built on foundations subtracted from the water of the lagoon. It is also the city with the highest density of masterpieces per square kilometer, which teems with commercial activities among the narrow streets: crafts, cuisine and music, just to name a few. This particularity that makes it unique in the world, of being “built on water”, does it affect the period of visit by tourists? The truth is that in Venice it is high season all year round, withΒ its peak in Spring, between Easter and June, and between September and October.

The climate of Venice is moderately continental, with cold and wet winters and hot and sultry summers, the presence of the Adriatic Sea influencing the temperatures.

The best months for good weather in Venice are April, May, June, July, August, September and October. On average, the hottest months are July and August, and the coldest months are January and February.

If possible, I suggest to visit during the Venice carnival around end of February, the most famous and well known festival.

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The typical Venetian cuisine is closely linked to the sea and navigation. Not only fish-based dishes, but often characterized by the aromas and spices of the Orient where the commercial exchanges of the Serenissima were intense; or again, many dishes rediscovered today arise from the need for food preservation and the prevention of scurvy during long sea voyages.

For several years now, the most popular tips about Venice are those for the bacaro tour. The Venetian aperitif is now universally known and various advices on the Venetian taverns have invaded the web. The bacari, the typical Venetian taverns, are located in every area of the city but the best are located around the Rialto Bridge and in Cannaregio: from stop to stop you will taste delicious ‘cicchetti’ accompanied by a good glass of wine, or the typical spritz, the Venetian aperitif par excellence, a mix of prosecco, aperol or campari and seltzer.

The bacari of Venice, are places similar to a bar where Venetians linger before returning home after work, or the restaurant in which to enjoy a bite during your lunch break, or the cafeteria where you can take the first morning coffee, or the company meeting place, or the place of confidences among friends, in short is the perfect place where to enjoy good food and drink in good company.

A stop or more in bacari will be a must for you while visiting Venice. You have by now understood, these taverns are the favorite place of the Venetians and that perhaps are the places that more represents them.

And whom of you, before returning home, does not think of bringing a piece of this wonderful experience back home? You will surely be interested in those types of products that only here you can find, such as handmade masks, Murano glass or even some typical sweet.

Planning a trip to Italy? Venice will not disappoint you!

Join me next time and discover a very easy but super delicious Venetian recipe: Folpetti alla veneziana or Venetian-style baby octopus.

Thank you all for reading!

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  1. Hey Ribanna, Such an eye chilling post. Venice italy, our poets usually make lot of love poems and many love songs from this place. Such a beautiful place. So many songs to see venice in our language. No i havent visited yet. But love to. This place already in my bucket list. Should travel probably in few years I may cover italy. Why not when dear blogger Ribanna make us fell in love with italy. And the food culture looks delicious. We just started to try foreign foods. Will post an update when i try italian foods ☺️. Wonderful post always. Wish you a great WednesdayπŸ€—

    1. Hi Simon, thank you for stopping by! Oh yes, Italy is the inspiration for a lot of poets and artists…is really a wonderful country! If you have the chance go for it! I’m sure you’ll like it! So many beautiful places to see and a lot of delicious foods to try! Every cuisine is different but I’m sure you’ll find a lot of tasty dishes to try πŸ™‚ Most of the “Italian food” that you find outside Italy is not really Italian food, so I suggest to try an authentic restaurant πŸ™‚
      Thank you Simon for all your kind words! I do appreciate it a lot! Wish you a wonderful Wednesday too :)πŸ€—

    1. Venice in my opinion is a very unique city, well worth a visit πŸ˜‰ If you have the chance don’t hesitate πŸ˜‰πŸ’•
      Thank you Cicco Lady for stopping by πŸ˜‰πŸ€—πŸŒΈ

  2. Excellent write up about Venice and that traditional buildings looks like Europe!😍 I get a feeling to visit there!
    Have a wonderful evening Ribana! πŸ’™

    1. Thank you Suni! Oh yes, Venice is very beautiful, full of history and traditions! And that palaces are simply stunning πŸ˜‰ Don’t hesitate to visit it if you have the chance πŸ˜‰πŸ€—πŸŒΈπŸ’•

  3. Somehow, I’ve never been drawn to Italy, can’t explain it. Nothing against the country – it is gorgeous, i know πŸ™‚ But reading about Venice made me think i should give it a go πŸ™‚

    1. Italy is a beautiful country and Venice in my opinion is one of that must see places in our lifetime πŸ˜‰ Is so unique! If you have the chance don’t hesitate to visit it! It is such a wonderful experience! πŸ˜‰

  4. It’s a shame but I have never been in Italy. But when I do, I’ll never go back until I experience Venice. How could I after reading and seeing so much about it. Your post just made me more eager to get there. I think Venice is one of the most to-go-to destination of hopeless romantics <3

    1. You are nearby so when you have the chance go for it! I’m pretty sure you’ll like it πŸ™‚ Yes, it is a very romantic and unique city! If can, go during the Carnival in February! It is crowded and I hate crowds, but is so well worth it! Really a unique experience! πŸ™‚ ❀

      1. Venice is such an incredible city, we love it ❀ try to avoid summer and February (during the Carnival). There is so much to see, you won’t be dissapointed.

      2. Omg yes, especially with massive cruises πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈLove Venice early in the morning withhout crowds, only locals cleaning the streets ❀

  5. Lovely article sweetie! The City of Canals is definitely one of our favourite Italian cities. We love coming back, even though is getting more and more crowded. So funny, we published a post about magical Venice a few days ago as well ❀ Safe travels!

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Yes, Venice is really a lovely place to visit! Every time I return there, I feel its magic πŸ™‚ I don’t like crowded places but Venice is lovely even if it’s crowded πŸ™‚ Tourists forever :)❀

  6. « VeniceΒ Β» I believe it’s the dream of every human being to visit the city that was built on water! 😊 and Italy in general 😁
    What a great history and information 120 islands formed between 150 canals and connected with more than 400 bridges πŸ‘Œ sounds magical actually!
    Well I will certainly walk and won’t need any car or else if I was in Venice ! Except the gondola ride of course😊 it will be amazing I’m sure and hope I will be lucky when I go 😊 love to hear some stories 😁
    I actually tried to go to work and university in water but without a gondole or ferry, just with a flying umbrella πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ it was some scene!! πŸ˜‚
    « Most beautiful living room of EuropeΒ Β» wow! Napoleon was a wise man πŸ˜‰
    I believe most places are more beautiful less crowded so how come a magical place like Venice ✨✨
    I can imagine how cozy and enjoyable are the bacari πŸ₯‚πŸ˜ and how delicious the cicchetti and the venetian aperitif made from all my favorite drinks 🍷 🍹 😁
    So best months to visit are all months 😁 guess I will avoid winter as much as I can even if carnival is in February but I prefer good weather to enjoy 😊
    Is that a gun on that table in the restaurant gif πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ˜‚
    Thank you for making a great post about this great place and pictures and Gifs are also great and entertaining as always 😊
    Have a great Monday πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·

    1. Look who’s back! My number one reader πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
      I wish with all my heart, you’ll soon be able to become a tourist forever and on your way to discover the world, have a stop also in Venice πŸ™‚ Is really a magical place! For me, every time I fly back home, I fly to Venice and when I’m up there reaching Venice, I feel at home already πŸ™‚
      With a flying umbrella? Oh my, this is another of that funny stories of yours….tell me, tell me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ flying angel? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Yes of course, less crowded is better but I guess Venice has its fashion even if it’s crowded, especially during the carnival πŸ™‚
      I do remember one time we went for the carnival and was cold and we stopped into a bacari…was small and cozy and filled with delicious food and wines πŸ™‚ perfect Venetian πŸ™‚
      All months are good months to visit, no problem πŸ™‚
      No, it should be a photography machine πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thank you very much for reading my dear Koko! I’m really grateful for your time and for all your kind words! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚

      1. Thank you for considering me your number one reader 😊 I’m humbled πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—
        It feels like home indeed so I’m sure it’s a great feeling 😊
        Oh my, I have many winter stories, me holding an umbrella and trying to reach the place I’m going to in a big pool of water and then the wind blows my umbrella so it becomes a satellite πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and I say WTF I don’t need it and I throw it away and take a full shower 🚿 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        I believe each place should be visited in time of their special events even if it’s crowded.., and one can always run and hide in some bacari 😁
        Photography machine??? It’s a damn gun πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        I enjoy reading your very well done posts that show us the beauty of the world and the tasty food and everything that is positive😊
        Have a great Monday πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·

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        Oh my, taking a winter shower, you, that you hate cold πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I guess was not really pleasant πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        You know, nowadays you can take pictures with your phone but back then the photography machines were pretty impressive πŸ™‚ and well, maybe some time also with double usage πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        I’m really pleased to see you here πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—
        I’m very grateful for each word πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— I’m glad you like it though πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—
        My Monday is almost over πŸ™‚
        Hope yours is ok too πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ·πŸ·πŸ·

      3. 😁 nope not the shower I wish to have hahaha
        Yes of course back then it was a piece of art and a very important tool! πŸŽ₯
        But double usage is always open πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        It’s always a great pleasure interacting with you even after I left and now you’re only 1 day away from weekend which is great 😊

      4. Look who’s here πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·
        I’m so happy when you stop by πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸ·πŸ· Thank you very much! It really means a lot πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·
        Almost weekend yes, finally πŸ™‚
        Wish you a wonderful and happy weekend πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·

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