Italy | Venice

Colorful Venice for the Shopper in You

By on June 30, 2014

 

Venice’s blue skies, vibrant wall paints and unique mode of transport (or lack of) are undoubtedly things one would find charming in the city of Bridges. The list of what you can do in Venice seems endless so let me skip that and focus on the one thing we all love to do; shopping, for no doubt  it is the best therapy (along with travel, imho). And, for centuries a center of trade, it still holds such fame among consumers.

Venice is a major fashion and shopping centre in all of Italia…not as prominent as Milan but certainly recognizable that Louis Vuitton and Ermenegildo Zegna and a number more fashion boutiques operate their flagship stores there. Head to Frezzeria, a collection of streets to the west of Piazza San Marco for your high-end loots. And like all of Italy, imitation leather bags could be found profoundly on the streets. It is a common scene for the Carabinieri to take to custody those who sell fakes and those who buy from these sellers. Here are some of what to buy in Venice.

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Venice Revisited

By on May 20, 2014

^By the border of Italy and Austria at dawn.

Visiting any city in Italy means going the scenic route. No matter how many hours that route would be, 5, 7 or 9, it’s a surefire beautiful and awesome opportunity to take drive by shots. It means even waking up as early as 5 in the morning while on board the night train to catch a glimpse of dawn is so worth it.

It has been six years ago since I last set foot on Venice. Then and there I have loved it and knew that coming back would be a very welcome possibility. Despite the fact that I would walk for hours wouldn’t deter me to explore this floating city…and, it’s exercise, too! Going up on the bridges, up and down, getting lost here and there would surely make one lose calories! Except, of course, if one eats pizza the whole time! ^_^ Here are some of the many beautiful things we saw in Venice, probably you’ll get some tips when you go for a vacation.

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Finding Pink in Venice

By on September 8, 2012

^Pink buildings and some boats by the Grand Canal

Visiting Venice is like walking in history itself, definitely one of the more beautiful cities man has built. Taking its character from the influence of Napoleon Bonaparte and surviving two world wars, Venice today in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site. Every turn and route taken in Venice is a different discovery.. For the shutterbugs in hubby and I, we had our CF cards full! Masks, water, vaporetto, gondolas, pigeons, murano glass, bridges, canals, polenta, tramezzini and tiramisu are some of the terms closely associated with Venice. But the architecture would also draw you in.

Colorful Buildings

Buildings in Venice can be identified as influenced by one: Palladium architecture. It is based on the symmetry, perspective and values of the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. And, two: Venetian Gothic characterized by a combination of lancet arch, Byzantine and Moorish architecture. Of course, there are those ordinary looking buildings that still exudes elegance despite being monotonous.

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(Windows on a pink building against blue sky)
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(yellow and pink)

One can never tell the buildings apart, you can’t immediately identify a building’s use just by looking. Which are residential, which are for accommodation and which are for businesses? You can’t point out unless you particularly look at websites like Venice hotels on Venere or spot a signpost/marker in front of the building. To the left, you’d see yellow, to the right would be orange, look behind you and there’s pink or perhaps venetian red that’s too hard to pass up not taking photos of. And here in this post, I’m mostly featuring pink. 🙂

Getting lost in a turn is like discovering a spot that no one has gone before. It’s a great escape from all the hustle and bustle that locals and tourists create. You’ll find the shortest bridge, the most unique building, the most flower-adorned window and cats looking down at you. Each corner is not just lovely, they will tell you a story all unique on their own.

Pink Venice
(Pink Hotel Sofitel by the side)
flowers windows
(Pink flowers by windows)

Building Designs, Biennale

With its status in the architecture world, Venice holds the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the world’s grandest celebration and showcase of building designs. It’s part of the Venice Biennale,  in turn a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years and where the Venice Film Festival is also part of.

The Biennale of Architecture is held in the beautiful Giardini Pubblici (Public Gardens) and the arsenale (former shipyards),  it’s just a short walk from St. Mark’s Square – we  unfortunately missed it. Austria has been participating since and it would have been a worthy post. Next feature: orange buildings…

 

Every turn and route taken in Venice is a different discovery, for the shutterbugs in hubby and I, we had our CF cards full! Masks, water, vaporetto, gondolas, pigeons, murano glass, bridges, canals, polenta, tramezzini and tiramisu are some of the terms closely associated with Venice but the architecture would also draw you in.
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5 Reasons to Visit Venice: Romance and the Arts in Italian Veneto

By on April 20, 2012

Fascinating and charming sights and sounds await those who travel to Italy to visit the lagoon-surrounded sanctuary of Venice.  The heavy tourist traffic is being pinpointed as one of the causes of the city’s decay. Despite, Venice remains to hold its charm and beauty for local and international visitors to enjoy.  Now, if you only have a few days for your Venetian vacation, spend it well. Here are 5 Reasons to Visit Venice and make it one of your best vacations ever.

gondola, San Giorgio Maggiore
(Gondola rise and San Giorgio Maggiore)

Romantic gondola rides

Venice is surrounded by water. To get around Venice, the best way is taking the water buses (vaporetto) and the water taxis. That is, aside from walking which is the best way to go. The more classical and romantic way to travel through Venice’s canals and waterways is through a gondola. A gondola ride will take you on scenic routes. When on a budget, remember that gondola rides cost a whole lot more than vaporetto rides.

Exciting festivals and carnivals

Among the world’s most colourful festivals are held in Venice. As a major hub of international conferences and festival, Venice is host to many events.

flowers venice
(Finding beauty everywhere.)

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– a contemporary visual art exhibition held biannually (in odd-numbered years)

Carnival of Venice

– an annual festival usually at Lent famous for the elaborate use of masks

Festa del Redentore

– an event held for thanksgiving with regards to the plague of 1576, fireworks highlight the feast

Venice International Film Festival

– the oldest film festival in the world

The city will surely be packed with international tourists during times when these festivals and carnivals are held but the experience is well worth enduring the crowded venues.

The intricate art of glass blowing

A visit to Venice will not be complete without making a visit to one of the Murano glass makers. You can either do so in Venice or in the nearby island of Murano. The intricate details of Murano glassware have made these products Venice’s most popular export. Make sure that you allocate some of your vacation budget to take home a Murano glass bowl or dish… However, earrings and pendants will surely be appreciated!

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(Authentic pasta from where it originated – Italy. My plate of canelloni with spinach and ricotta.)

Palate pleasing seafood, wine, and gelato

No trip to a foreign land will be complete without sampling the food and beverages the local cuisine is notable for. Seafood dominates Venetian cuisine complemented by rice and other greens from nearby islands. Must try are the sarde in soar, the fegato alla veneziana, the cicchetti and the bisato complemented by prosecco. If you’re in a hurry you can always have what Italy is famous for; pizza and pasta. You can also try the more convenient tramezzini with your choice of spread and fillings.

5 Reasons to Visit Venice: Romance and the Arts in Italian Veneto
(Hubby ahead. We got lost on our way to Piazza San Marco. ^_^)

Interesting discoveries while getting lost

Another great inexpensive way to explore Venice is to walk through the city. As the locals jest, get lost. Search for the Piazza San Marco through an unknown trail… Walking through the alleyways will reveal architectural beauties and quaint places of interest tucked into the cityscape. Make sure to check the tourist board for information about the acqua alta or the high tide predictions for the day. Some places can get flooded during acqua alta. However, these places usually have elevated blocks to serve as pedestrian walkways during floodings.

Venice is best to visit when you have more than just a couple of days on your hands. We recommend to spend about a week. This way, you get to leisurely explore the boroughs of Venice and all their interesting offerings.

 

Fascinating and charming sights and sounds await those who travel to Italy to visit the lagoon-surrounded sanctuary of Venice. Although the heavy tourist traffic is being pinpointed as one of the causes of the city’s decay, Venice remains to hold its charm and beauty for local and international visitors to enjoy.
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