The Best Things To Do In Venice Without A Gondola
PHOTO: Get off the boat and see all that Venice has to offer. (Courtesy Silversea Cruises
When you think about Venice, the first thing that probably jumps into your mind is the idea of taking a gondola ride.
You likely envision a charming journey along the canals as a skilled gondolier guides the boat all around the narrow channels throughout the town.
Indeed, a gondola ride is definitely a must-do item on the agenda for most people who visit Venice. But there so much more to do there once you check that off your list, and Silversea Cruises can help you accomplish all of them.
The city has a romantic Italian charm that exudes from every nook and cranny, so simply just walking around and immersing yourself in this ambiance can be a transformative experience. You will truly feel like you have connected with the heart of Italy after you enjoy a tranquil stroll around the quaint streets. Cannaregio is a great place to start, as the neighborhood is quiet and less crowed, and has lots of the local charm. If you are nervous about exploring on your own, join in on one of the walking tours so you can have a local expert guide you around town, pointing out the highlights you won’t want to miss.
Once you have had a chance to center yourself and rid your mind of stress and anxiety, then you can focus on fully diving into all of the many exciting things that Venice has to offer. While walking around town, don’t miss the chance to explore the numerous legendary landmarks here. Saint Mark's Basilica is at the top of the list. This gorgeous church is a mix of different architectural styles that all seem to blend together in harmony for a stunning effect. After you are done visiting the church, spend some time in the surrounding St. Mark’s Square, where you can listen to live music or just people watch.
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Another architectural wonder you won’t want to miss is Doge's Palace. A perfect example of Gothic Venetian design, this was formerly the home of the Venetian leader and later was turned into a museum. Enlist the help of a knowledgeable local guide who can show you around the hidden hideaways tucked away inside.
Get a true taste of Italian arts and culture at the Teatro La Fenice. A revered opera house, this is viewed as one of the most admired and well-known focal points of the local theatre world. It’s a great place to see a show, but just gazing upon all of the intricate and ornate décor and building elements can be quite a thrill.
Another great destination for checking out amazing art is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. It’s a relatively small facility, but this museum has a surprising wealth of works by legendary artists such as Picasso and Ernst.
There are also plenty of entertainment options to enjoy while in Venice. From outdoor performances of all types to a wide assortment of live music at the many area clubs, you will be sure to find something that catches your eye.
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