This spring while on a business tour to Italy, i found a free day and made the best use of it by visiting Venice. This small but beautiful city can be explored in a day, but truly you spend more in the old masterpiece.
The sheer scale of Basilica di San Marco will mesmerise you with its excuisite detailing and the narrow bylanes of Venice will take you to a medieval era. In the end glide down on a gondola past the historic palaces.
We spent the morning walking the main part of the city – San Marco Square. In the afternoon we took a boat ride and then walked over the
over the bridge Ponte dell’Accademia to explore Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.
Basilica di San Marco – Church
The huge dome and numerous bright mosaics, the church is an unforgettable scene. The church is located in San Marco square and you can spend easily 1 hour to explore the marvel.
For a birds eye view climb to the top of 99m campanile and enjoy the vistas.
Visit Palazzo Ducale and then see the royal side of the city. Cross over ‘Bridge of Sighs‘ which connects the royal palace to the prisons – one of the most photographed sights of Venice.
Overall expect to spend half day around the square visiting these places and some nice restaurants around.
Once the area around San Marco is complete, take a boat ride or a Gondola ride. Vaporetto is the water bus in Venice. Take a day pass and make sure you do a complete round and enjoying the views from the canal. Stop at the Rialto bridge and take pictures.
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
In the evening cross over the bridge Ponte dell’Accademia and explore the church on the other side of grand canal. The views of San Marco from here is impressive.
To end the day go to one of the many restaurants of the city and savour some good food with some nice wine.