Spend a long weekend in Venice and rent a holiday flat in a palace on the Canal Grande
Proud town arising from the waters of its Laguna, Venice will introduce you to a completely different world made of ancient palaces and oriental churches spread all over a watery immaterial theatre of beauty. A world which is precious and fragile like a glass jewel handcrafted in Murano or a lace work embroidered in Torcello. Get lost in Venice and become for a weekend Professor von Aschenbach, hero of Thomas Mann novel. From a calle to a campiello and across a canal you will understand why Friedrich Nietzsche was so fond of this town where everything speaks of a fluid unphysical reality on a watery scene. Visit Venice and rent a holiday flat on the canals. Book a last minute apartment rental in Venice Lido or in Giudecca, best choice for spending a long weekend or a holiday in the most beautiful town of Italy and discover its treasures.
A cultural tour of Venice through bridges, canals, and palaces
A good visit of Venice starts from the Grand Canal (or Canal Grande). Rent a water taxi or a gondola or walk through bridges, calli and campielli as you wish, both ways are ideal to discover the town. Town of princes and Dogi, each important family of Venice bragged the ownership of the most beautiful Palazzi on the Canal Grande such as for instance Palazzo Vendramin Caliergi, Ca’ d’oro, Palazzo Dario. Across the arches of Ponte di Rialto architectural embroidery made with marble and white stone reach the Ponte dell’Accademia and stop in this sestiere to visit the Art Gallery Pinacoteca dell’Accademia. Paintings and drawings from 13th century to 19th century belong to the stunning collection of Venice Academy of Fine Arts. If you prefer contemporary masterpieces visit the Guggenheim collection, belonging to Peggy Guggenheim, the billionaire mentor of artists who funded the museum and established it within her stunning palace on the Canal Grande. Get on a gondola or on a taxiboat and head to Piazza San Marco. On your way admire the huge dome of the Chiesa della Salute and the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore. Stand in wonder at the sight of Piazza San Marco and of its jewels: Palazzo Ducale, masterpiece of byzantine art, San Marco cathedral and its oriental Turkish domes which were inspired by Istanbul churches and oriental art, the Campanile, huge tower with a pyramid on its roof and the Torre dei Mori. Napoleon Bonaparte decided to build the Procuratie around Piazza San Marco, elegant marble porches set as an ideal frame to the wonderful square. Old 18th century historical cafés wait here for visitors every day at any time for a breakfast, a lunch, a cup of tea or a late night dinner. Have a drink or a hot chocolate with panna at the Café Florian where Thomas Mann, Friedrich Nietzsche, George Sand, Alfred de Musset, Gabriele d’Annunzio and Eleonora Duse had their own tables and feel the atmosphere of the 18th century penetrate your inner being as if Carlo Goldoni or Giacomo Casanova were sitting next to you. Visit the jewish Ghetto, its museum and synagogues, get to know why this sestiere inspired William Shakespeare so much for the “Merchant of Venice” and the character of Shylock. Visit the Fenice theatre repeatedly destroyed by fires and constantly rebuilt and reborn. Is this a living symbol of its name, the phoenix calling for myth of eternal rebirth out of fire? From one calle to the other visit Venice 17th century churches and their extravagant baroque architectural features. Stop at Santa Maria dei Frari to admire the masterpieces of venetian painters: Tintoretto, Tiziano Vecellio, Tiepolo, Francesco Guardi, Veronese, so many artists have lived and worked in Venice. Get back through the canals under the Ponte dei Sospiri : the whole Laguna is in front of you and you just have to choose a direction: Lido, Giudecca, Canal Grande, or the islands Murano, Burano and Torcello. A holiday apartment rental in Venice on the Grand Canal or in one of its calli is the guarantee of a unique weekend which you will never forget.
Apartment rental in Murano, Burano and Torcello
If you wish to visit Venice, rent a holiday flat in Murano, Burano or Torcello, the three islands of the venetian Laguna. Whilst Murano is known worldwide for its unique handcrafted production of glass, Burano and Torcello owe their reputation from the local lace and embroidery production which is still nowadays totally handmade. They can easily be reached from Venice by taxiboat, gondola or vaporetto. Rent a holiday house on Giudecca banks or a vacation rental in Venice Lido and enjoy Venetian lifestyle.
Food and restaurants in Venice
A weekend in Venice is a unique opportunity to visit one of its many restaurants or trattorie which from one calle to the other attract visitors from all over the world. You will find everywhere the local glory, fegato alla veneziana con cipolle, a delicious serving made with calf liver and fresh onions cooked in plain butter and served on a layer of hot and tasty polenta. Venetian risottos are unique, try the two blockbuster, risi e bisi, delicious white risotto with peas and squid ink tasty and black risotto.
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