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The canals, the piazzas, the history, the culture and the romance. Venice is one of few cities in the world that boasts such diversity and all for a fantastic price. It’s genuinely a place for everyone, but that’s easy to say without any evidence. So here are 12 reasons why Venice is so popular, and why it should be on your bucket list.
1) The people of Venice, often referred to as ‘Venetians’ don’t actually think of themselves as Italians, but as a regal breed all their own. The historical monuments and grand palaces that remain of the Venetian Republic are part of the reason this city is unlike anywhere else; it’s a world unto itself. Truly unique, and truly different.
2) If you’re a lover of seafood, Venice is the place for you. Many of the local restaurants ensure that a vast array of weird and wonderful sea creatures make it to your plate. So, try something different!
3) One of the best things about Venice is actually getting lost. Visitors say that some of the best experiences in Venice are the ones that are unscripted.
4) The Rialto Fish Market is the first stop on every self-respecting Venetian foodie’s daily schedule. When in season, canocie (mantis shrimp) are the prime ingredients for lunch, dinner, or a kick-ass stew.
5) If you’re visiting with your other half, you must try out the Gondola experience. Despite many gondoliers’ grumpy and moody appearance, once in the back canals the irresistible romance of the gondola experience is so calming and relaxing. It’s truly breathtaking and an experience you won’t forget.
6) It was Venetian merchants who first introduced coffee to the wealthy in Venice. The chief leader of the Venetian Republic (called the “Doge”) approved, so we recommend you try a cup.
7) Tucked away in the residential neighbourhoods of San Polo and Santa Croce are a wealth of historic statues and monuments as wells as other spectacular masterpieces. All hiding in churches forecourts and gardens just waiting for your discovery.
8) The Venetian equivalent of the local subway train is locally called Andiamo Vaporetto. It’s the cheapest way to get around and has a fantastic view along the way.
9) The local food, called Cicchetti, is the perfect snack food for all you on-the-go types. It’s similar to the Spanish dish of Tapas – full of flavour and full of goodness.
10) Venice’s obscure white wine collection is the perfect way to end an adventurous day of sightseeing and soaking up the culture.
11) If you fancy a short little getaway from the hustle and bustle of Venice, cruise on over to Burano. This small island in the lagoon is the perfect haven away from the crowds, and away from the noise.
12) If you think Venice is a place to visit in the summer only, think again. In the winter, the streets of Venice host Carnevale, a celebration of fantasy and fairytales – magic!
So, if you’re thinking about exploring this summer, or even in the winter, Venice should be the top of your list. Remember, keeping it on a budget is the mindset you want to have so check out http://www.venere.com/italy/venice/ for some awesome accommodation prices to fit your price range and style!