7 REASONS TO VISIT... 16 www.fredolsencruises.com 7REASONS TO VISIT... VENICE You won’t see all of Venice’s 118 islands, 177 canals and 450 bridges, but even the briefest encounter with this enchanting, romantic city will beguile the eye and heart alike. Here are our top seven reasons to visit Venice… 1. Piazzas & Palaces In the heart of Venice lies Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square), the most famous public square. It’s a great location from which to visit the 14th century Doge’s Palace and the masterpiece of Romanesque-Byzantine architecture, St. Mark’s Basilica. 2. Gracious Gondolas With so many picturesque waterways, it will come as no surprise that Venice is best admired from the water. No visit to this beautiful city would be complete without a ride in an iconic gondola, a method of transport which has been used by Venetians for centuries. 3. Venetian Cuisine Venice has its fair share of eateries, offering hundreds of delicious dishes including seafood, pasta, risotto, and tiramisu. Experience delectable Italian cookery in one of the cafés or restaurants, with a Spritz – Prosecco, Campari and Soda Water – in hand and a plate of freshly-caught, grilled sardines, finished off with a tasty gelato. 4. Bountiful Bridges Venice is built across numerous islands, divided by winding waterways and linked by hundreds of bridges. Two of the most famous bridges are the Rialto Bridge, the main pedestrian passage over the Grand Canal, and the Bridge of Sighs, which links Doge’s Palace to the prison. 5. The Grand Canal The Grand Canal is Venice’s main waterway running through the heart of the city. Lined with over 170 buildings dating from the 13th – 18th centuries, it’s a colourful and hectic panorama of beautiful architecture and water taxis carrying snap-happy tourists and commuting locals. 6. Glass Blowing Murano, one of the islands surrounding Venice, has been known since 1291 for its colourful and delicate glassmaking. For an unforgettable experience, witness the masters of the painstaking craft of glass blowing at work.
Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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