If you’re thinking of heading to Italy, you’ll certainly want to consider Venice. And this is especially true if you’re looking to take life a little slower. Venice also has the advantage of a combination of culture – historical monuments, architecture and great art museums – with quiet streets and canals that are populated purely by the locals. A key reason for moving long-term to Venice, then, is that it’s impossible to really experience its uniqueness without being there long enough to get to know it.
For Venice’s attractions, one would have to start with St Mark’s Square, which you can access after taking the vaporetto down the length of the Grand Canal. The beautiful Basilica San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale and the Rialto bridge are other favourites. Be warned though; these are what can make Venice full of crowds, tipped off the cruise liners each morning, and especially during the summer months.
Just by walking 30 metres from the Rialto, you’ll see that Venice is much more than these famous sites. This Venice is one where there are residents going quietly about their business on pretty, narrow un-crowded alleyways. You’ll also find in these remoter areas of the city charmingly intimate piazzas, local shops and cafes and small, cosy restaurants at every turn and corner. In a city where it’s sometimes possible to feel overwhelmed by people, it’s also possible to wander empty streets lost in thought.
Finally, by taking the vaporetto over to San Georigio Maggiore, you’ll have a fine view of Venice from the camponile. From here, you can also visit the islands just outside Venice, such as the Murano, famous for its glass, or Burano, on the edge of the lagoon, which has a history of fishing and lace making as well as pretty multi-coloured houses. And if it’s a quieter kind of life you want, the evenings in this part of Venice will certainly satisfy. There are not as many people around as during the day and you can find spots where you can join Venetians as they enjoy local food in a traditional restaurant, before heading to a local Church for a free classical concert.
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