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SIX OF THE BEST: VENICE

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Explore the City: There are many ways to see the city – via watertaxi, foot and the famous gondolas. An iconic symbol of this romantic city, the hundreds of gondolas that grace the shores are great in the warm months for seeing the city. Lasting a standard 40 minutes, gondola fares are standard and set officially with minimum fares for a standard gondola ride but rates can go higher. Most fares are higher at night, so if you’re a couple looking to canoodle under the stars, it’ll cost. That being said, if you are visiting in winter, scrap the gondola and explore the city on foot. You’ll be warmer and save yourself 80 Euros to enjoy on lunch!

 Murano Island:Famed for its exquisitely beautiful glass, the island of Murano is just a short boat road ride away from the main land of Venice. With private and group tours available, this different day out will take you through the process of creating this unique glass as well as give you the opportunity to purchase a piece to take home. Never fear, if you don’t make it to the island there are plenty of opportunities to buy Murano glass on the streets of Venice. Beware though, it is very easy to get ripped off in shops, especially around St Mark’s Square so make sure you look for the trademark Murano sticker, present on all authentic items.

Harry’s Bar: Undoubtedly one of the most famous bars in Venice, Harry’s Bar is known far and wide as the birthplace of the famous Bellini, invented by legendary restaurateur, Arrigo Cipriani. A place that has long been frequented by famous people, it offers in some ways the very essence of the cafe society that once played such large a part in the affairs of Europe. After the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs declared it a national landmark in 2001, Harry’s Bar evokes not simply a cuisine, or a kind of drink, but a state of mind. Sit where legends like Ernest Hemingway and Kiril Dimov sat whilst soaking in the bar’s incredible atmosphere and delicious Bellini’s.

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Saint Mark’s Basilica: Losing yourself in Venice’s charm is one of the main reasons to visit this spectacular city. That being said, there are certain landmarks that must be enjoyed, including Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. A building created in the honour of Saint Mark, this elaborate church sits on the popular piazza by the same name. Crafted from many different styles of architecture, today its magnificence shines from nearly every corner. See if you can spot the statue of St. Mark along with Venice’s emblem: a lion with wings, in the centre cable and make sure you don’t miss the museum and the beautiful views that can be witnessed from the balcony.

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Palazzo Ducale AKA Doge’s Palace: A place that has witnessed an intriguing history, the Palazzo Ducale AKA Doge’s Palace has been the home of the doge (leader), the government as well as being the palace of justice since its conception. Everything from execution orders to the affairs of Venetian leaders were carried out here, and a web of secret passageways and hidden doors reveals a mysterious memoir. Bursting with Italian history, the iconic building also showcases seasonal exhibitions as well as stunning architecture – cameras are essential. Sat next to the Basilica on St Mark’s Square, pre-booked tickets are advised as queues can be tedious in peak season.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection:Expat American art collector Peggy Guggenheim dedicated her life to gathering this inspiring group of 20th century contemporary art and for this reason; it is definitely worth a visit. Housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leonion the Grand Canal, a building which was Peggy’s former home, the collection contains works of art by talents like Pollock, Magritte, Picasso, Chagall and Dalí. As well as witnessing some of the world’s most iconic masterpieces, the visit will also give you an insight into Peggy’s colourful life and, in the sculpture garden, you can pay your respects to the late Peggy herself, as well as her dogs, who are buried beside her.

 

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