There are lots of reasons why you should visit Venice. This beautiful Italian city has something to offer for everyone!
It was a dream for me to travel to Venice. And when I got there, it definitely didn't disappoint me. It was actually even better than I expected it to be.
Venice is a unique city in Italy. It's a great place to experience Italian culture. But there are many things that make the city more special.
The city of Venice has so many amazing things. From beautiful views to history to food, Venice has it all!
There are countless reasons to visit Venice. Whether you love architecture, history, beautiful spots or food, there's one for you. For that reason, I made this list so you know exactly why you should visit Venice!
1. It looks gorgeous
Venice is one of the most beautiful places in the world. This is one of the most important reasons why you should visit Venice.
The city is so charming! Everywhere you look, it's beautiful. There are many canals in Venice, which is a reason why it's so pretty. The beautiful teal color of the canals is amazing.
There are also lots of lovely bridges in the city. Seeing them and walking there is amazing. The bridges are very cute. This is definitely one of the best reasons to visit Venice.
Furthermore, the houses in Venice have beautiful colors.
One of the most gorgeous places in Venice is the Rialto Bridge. It's a white bridge that crosses the Grand Canal. The view from this bridge is also very nice. It's one of the most famous bridges in Venice.
St Mark's Square is another wonderful place in Venice. It looks very pretty and it's one of the most popular spots in the city.
2. You can ride a gondola in Venice
One of the reasons to visit Venice is that you can do gondola rides! Venice is very famous because of the amazing gondolas. Riding a gondola is also one of the most romantic things to do in the city.
When you’re in a gondola, you have a very beautiful view of Venice. Venice is always pretty, but from the water, it’s even better!
You can find gondolas everywhere in the city. They are on all canals. Also, there are many places where you can get on a gondola.
It's definitely great to do a gondola ride with your partner or your friends. But it can be a bit expensive. For that reason, you can consider sharing a gondola with other people. Then you can split the price!
3. There are great museums
For those who love museums, visiting Venice is a dream! There are so many amazing museums in the city which is also one of the reasons why you should visit Venice.
One of the best museums is Ca' d'Oro. This is a very old palace in Venice that's there since 1430. Nowadays, it's an interesting museum!
You can find here beautiful artworks. Giorgio Franchetti collected many of the artworks. But here are also artworks that Italy added. For example, there are paintings and sculptures.
Besides art, the museum also has a wonderful view of Venice. This is so impressive to see!
Another great museum in Venice is Gallerie dell'Accademia. If you love paintings, this is also one of the good reasons to visit Venice. There, you can find Venetian paintings from before the 19th century.
For example, there are paintings from Leonardo da Vinci, Bellini, Giambono and Titian.
4. Venice is very photogenic
If you love photography, this is one of the most important reasons why you should visit Venice. Venice it the perfect city to visit if you want to take great photos!
Many people will agree with me if I say Venice belongs to the most photogenic places in the world!
Everywhere you look, you can find photo spots in Venice! For example, the Rialto Bridge is very photogenic. And all canals in Venice are great for pictures.
If you want to do a very romantic photoshoot, then Venice is the place to visit! You can book a photographer and get amazing pictures with your partner.
But Venice is also the place to go to with a tripod. Or with your friends to take amazing pictures of each other.
So if you love photography, this is the most important one of the reasons to visit Venice!
5. The food is amazing
Do you love delicious food? Then go to Venice! Venetian cuisine has a very long history. The cuisine is different from other places in Italy which is one of the reasons why you should visit Venice.
There are so many great restaurants in Venice. Many of them don't only offer delicious food. They also have a wonderful view or a pretty interior!
A lovely restaurant in Venice is Pizzeria La Perla. A family owns this place for a very long time. You can find this in the center of the city and it looks very cute from the inside.
Furthermore, another very nice restaurant is Ristorante La Porta D'Acqua. The thing I love most about this place is that there are large windows. There's a wonderful view of the Grand Canal.
6. It's fun to get lost in Venice
You have to get lost in Venice when you're in the city. It's definitely one of the best things you can do.
Getting lost may not sound like an amazing experience. Many people already got lost in some other cities when they were traveling. And most of the times, getting lost is not fun at all. But in Venice, it is.
There are so many wonderful little streets. Exploring the city without knowing where to go makes Venice so charming. Whichever way you're going, you'll keep stumbling upon the cutest spots. There are endless gorgeous views, canals, gondolas and buildings.
This is definitely one of the most important reasons why you should visit Venice. Getting lost in Venice is unlike getting lost anywhere else in the world.
7. There are great quiet places
Another one of the reasons to visit Venice is that there are also quiet places. Venice is almost always very busy. It is one of the most popular destinations for tourists.
If I say Venice, many people will think about this famous busy Italian city. But when you're in Venice, you can find so many quiet places!
The busiest place is the area around St Mark's Square. If you walk away from the busy center in Venice, it gets quieter.
But you don't have to get away from the center to find a quiet place. For example, the pier behind hotel San Moise is always very quiet! This is such a romantic place to spend some time.
At a quiet place, you can enjoy Venice even more. Buy a pizza to take away and enjoy the city!
8. The weather
The weather is also one of the reasons to visit Venice. In summer, it's very sunny in Venice. For that reason, it's an amazing summer destination.
So if you're looking for a summer getaway, this is one of the best reasons why you should visit Venice!
Besides that, it's also great to visit Venice in spring. The weather is pleasant then. Furthermore, visiting Venice in spring has many other advantages. Venice is less busy in spring if you compare it to summer. And besides that, it's also more affordable to go there in that season!
9. The history of Venice
It's so interesting to learn about the history of Venice! If you love history, this is one of the best reasons to visit Venice.
You can find several places to learn about history. For example, the bridge of sights is an interesting bridge to see. It's one of the famous bridges in Venice.
Very long ago, convicts walked on this bridge. Here, they saw their last view of the city before they went to Prison. It's very interesting to realize that when seeing the bridge.
Furthermore, the Rialto Bridge is the oldest one of the four bridges that cross the Grand Canal. The construction of it began in 1173.
But people rebuilt it several times after that. The construction of the Rialto Bridge that you can see nowadays started in 1588.
And there are many other spots in the city where you can learn about history!
10. The architecture
It’s amazing to see the architecture in the city! In Venice, you can see many examples of Venetian Gothic architecture. This is an architectural style based on Italian Gothic architecture.
If you like architecture, then this is definitely one of the reasons why you should visit Venice.
There are so many buildings you have to see in the city.
For example, Doge's Palace is an amazing palace in Venice to see. Here, you can admire the Venetian Gothic style. The architecture is wonderful. And besides that, it's also one of the most famous landmarks in Venice.
Ca' d'Oro, that I mentioned before, is also a building you have to see. This is also a place where you can see the Venetian Gothic architecture. The building looks incredible and it has many pretty details.
11. It's close to other Italian places
Another one of the reasons to visit Venice is that it's close to many amazing Italian places. This means that you can also visit other cities in Italy!
For example, you can get to Milan by high-speed train in 3 hours. Here, you can see the Milan Cathedral.
You can also go to Bologna. The journey will take 1.5 hours. In Bologna, you can see the oldest university in the world that's still in use. This is so impressive to see! And the city is very beautiful.
Moreover, Florence is only 2 hours and 15 minutes by high-speed train. This is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Here, you can see many amazing things.
For example, you can find the Duomo in Florence. It’s a beautiful building to see from the inside and the outside. And you can see the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
In short, there are enough wonderful cities near Venice! Thus you can do great day trips from there.
12. Venice is car-free
Venice is a very unique Italian city. One of the things that make the city so unique is that it's car-free! You can find no cars on the islands of Venice at all. This belongs to the most important reasons why you should visit Venice!
As there are no cars in Venice, the city is very peaceful. It feels a bit as if you're going back in time! This is a great experience.
But as there are no cars, you need another way of transportation!
That's why there is a waterbus. This is one of the ways to get around in Venice.
And there are also water taxis! But keep in mind, water taxis are not very affordable.
Even though there are water taxis and there's a water bus, the best way to get around is on foot. Walking in the streets of Venice is a very fun thing to do. And it's also fast.
14. There are many movie locations
Venice is a place that appears in many movies. You definitely saw a movie already in which you can see Venice!
One of the most well-known movies of all times is James Bond. Three James Bond movies take place in Venice. The latest one was Casino Royale with Daniel Craig as James Bond. In this last movie, you can see many famous landmarks of Venice.
For example, the Rialto Bridge, the Campanile of San Marco, and Piazza San Marco all appear in the movie.
Another famous movie is The Tourist with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. This movie takes place at the train station in Venice, and also at many lesser-known places in Venice.
If you want to go to the places that appear in these movies, I recommend watching the movies before your trip. That way you will definitely recognize some places when you are in the city.
13. There are amazing events
There are lots of events taking place in Venice. These are great to attend and make your experience better if you happen to visit at that time.
The most famous event in Venice is the Venice Carnival. This is an annual event that lasts two weeks.
There is a lot to do and see during the Venice Carnival. For example, there are colorful parades and spectacular costumes everywhere. And the festival is famous for its masks.
Furthermore, there are lots of live performances throughout the city.
Another interesting activity to do is to go to a masquerade ball! You need an invitation to get to these events. But sometimes you can also buy a ticket. This is a unique experience in Venice.
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