VENICE CITY

It speaks volumes of the venice city when, in spite of being so widely chronicled, one whiff of the salty air or the sway of the gondolier’s oar can offer you an experience that is entirely personal and unique. The magical hues of the eting sun bathe waer-front facedes in shades of Gold. Gondolas rest wile an illuminated Rialto Bridge with action in the evening.

CHOICES IN VENICE

When you are in Venice, you have two choices -one is that you can go on the beaten track; follow the tour guide’s flag and hear what happened to the missing left toe of the lion to the far right of the fresco on the church wall. Or, you can experience it by ambling on the cobblestoned lanes of this beautiful city, armed with Venice Tourism Board’s excellent map and a daily pass for the vaporetto (waterbus). Venice is ideal for the latter.

FOOTLOSSE AND CAR-FREE

Cutting through the fish-shaped archipelago of 117 islands that make up central venice is the s-shaped Grand Canal ,with most attractions being on its banks or within a kilometre. Though, chances are, en route, you will stop to admire a piece of architecture. It’s ideal for the footloose, for those who love getting lost in labyrinth of lanes and by-lanes (just 3ft wide) and central venice is 100 per cent automobile-free.

ENDURING EDIFICES

                Venice is a thousand-picture postcard made up of 117 small islands stitched together by 400 cute and varied bridges featuring majestic architecture. It’s a city of narrow passageways sandwiched by tall house walls featuring majestic architecture. It’s a city of narrow passageways sandwiched by tall house walls featuring exquisite balconies that spread the cheer of flowers in bloom. Suddenly, you hear strains of Four Seasons from the keyboard in some house and remember that Vivaldi was a Venetian. Many tourists take the relaxing walk from the wooded promenade past Arsenale, around Giardini, visiting the International Exhibition of Modern Art, stopping at one of the kiosks selling souvenirs, to end the day with a sit-in dinner at St Mark’s Square where visitors linger till the wee hours of the morning.

 THE RIALTO AND RELIGION

                Another hotspot in Venetian nightlife is Rialto. The much-photographed Rialto bridge has be like as busy shops lining its central passage. The bridge leads to the centuries-old (and remarkably looks neat) Rialto market, where customers drop in from 8 a.m. for fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, and flowers. As the day progress, the bridge and the canal banks fill with the tourists on shopping sprees, clicking photographs and searching for tables at the busy water-front cafes and restaurants.

          Another hotspot in Venetian nightlife is Rialto. The much-photographed Rialto bridge has be like as busy shops lining its central passage. The bridge leads to the centuries-old (and remarkably looks neat) Rialto market, where customers drop in from 8 a.m. for fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, and flowers. As the day progress, the bridge and the canal banks fill with the tourists on shopping sprees, clicking photographs and searching for tables at the busy water-front cafes and restaurants.

                Within yards of the Rialto bridge are a couple of churches including San Giacomo di Rialto, Considered Venice’s is the oldest, with a 12th century inscription exhorting merchants to be honest. Venice has over 100 churches, one for every 500 venetians. The churches show up without warning, looming large and forcing necks to crane, since many of them share their walls with the narrow lanes and canals. Their courtyards are daily meeting places for the commune in this close-knit community, with an odd shop, a few benches, and typically, a water tap that keeps running at quarter flow. On summer evenings, the pizzas come alive with culture shows. Given their varying antiquity and successive reconstruction, the churches and their bell towers present varying styles of architecture. They are also treasure towers of art with sculptures, ornamented altars, columns and pillars as well as paintings and frescoes on their ceilings by famous Italian artists across centuries. They also make the Catholic Church the owner of one third of venice.

LIKE WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE

                Venice’s boon – very large quantity of water and tourists –is also its bane. Rising sea levels have been staking claim with increasing frequency and intensity over this zero-altitude city built on wooden pile foundations. But this doesn’t seem to dissuade tourists from visiting venice in droves. Between July and October, on most days, there are two tourists for each of the 60,000 locals in central venice. Many head to the four bridges of the Grand canal that offer spectacular, picture-perfect views of venice. The ponte dei Sospiri(Bridge of sights) is not one of the four Grand Canal Bridges, but is stunning and popular nonetheless. Legend goes that convicts who were crossing the bridge on their way to prison  in Doge’s palace would sigh after taking in their last view of the beautiful city. This gave the bridge its name but today, the mood is more amorous. Couples in goandolas kiss under the bridge as it’s supposed to ensure eternal love.

                The gondola exemplifies Italian aesthetic and design sense, with more parabolic flowing lines than on boats elsewhere. A gondala ride, at 80(Euro), is not just a boat ride from place A to place B. A honeymooner’s favorite, it is an affordable unit of time in luxury and self-indulgence, for keepsake memories. The gondolier is not just a boatman, he also takes your pictures and slings barcarole to the moderate beat of his ore hitting the water. At 6(euro) per person, the vaporetto is definitely a cheaper option, even more so if you take a day passes. It offers the best way to take breaks, feels the sea breeze and rest one’s tired feet. While at it, you can also take a trip to lido(venue of the venice film festival) and murono(to try a hand at making glass) and get a feel of the waves from Adriatic sea.

WHAT’S WHAT

GETTING THERE

            Wizz Air, Jet Airways, Oman Air, Thai Airways and Emirates Airlines are the some of the airlines offers daily flights from Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi to reach Venice or Milan.

ACCOMODATION IN VENICE

             NH Linate, Holiday Inn Milan Airport, Country Hotel Borromeo, Novotel Milano Linate Aeroporto and Hotel Montini Linate these are the hotels near to the Milan Airport.

 Have a great time in Venice