Navigating the cobbled streets, canals and bridges of this romantic, floating city feels like stepping back in time, a sensation that is magnified as you wander the grand hallways of the Doge's Palace in St. Mark's Square from its perch on the Grand Canal. Take the lift to the top of the bell tower in Saint Mark's Basilica for a bird's-eye-view, snap a pic with Venice's famous pigeons, go on a gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs and feel like a verified Venetian, channel your inner fashionista by shopping the designer Italian brands on the Calle Larga XXII Marzo, and explore the oil paintings of Italian masters at the Accademia Gallery.
Food & Drink:
Whet your appetite with a few cicchetti (Venetian canapés) and a bellini at the place of its invention, Harry's Bar, before savouring seafood-based delicacies like risotto al nero, a rice dish made with squid ink, polenta e schie, a creamy cornmeal porridge with small shrimp, and bigoli, a whole-wheat pasta served with meat or seafood ragout. Cap it all off by savouring a gelato while strolling through Venice's winding streets – perfection!
Off the Beaten Track:
Many a tourist makes it to the island of Murano, where the famous glass-blowers practice their craft, but the nearby Burano island sees less tourist traffic and is fantastically photogenic with its colourful fisherman houses and authentic trattorias.
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