My impressions of Venice

       My impressions of Venice, a wonderful city of romance and love. A place full of history and stories. Most locals move with boats that are “parked” near their houses. On the way to Venice there is a long bridge and then the buses remain on a huge parking lot near the train station. On our second visit there we set about three hours of free time, handed out cards and we had to get to ourselves by the tour of the main square of the city of San Marco. It is next to the cathedral of the same name and the Doge’s palace at the other end of Canal Grande, the largest channel, which is about four kilometers long and plays the role of a central boulevard. I strongly recommend that you walk along the canal, the most immediate, easy and accessible way is with public transport ie. a ship that runs through the canal and stops in the square. The ticket price was 7 euros in 2013, but it’s worth every penny.

We got on line number one and in the course of fifteen stops we had the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful buildings on both sides. This is the best way (for one of the buildings and the only one) to be examined and photographed. Another more romantic version of the gondola, but since I can not swim, I feel instinctive distrust of small and shaking craft. Probably each of its houses has a history, but a few are famous and included in all tourist guides. One of them is Ka d’Oro, which can easily be recognized on its gothic façade as a lace. The former palace today is transformed into an art gallery. We passed several churches, among which impressed “Saint Jeremiah”, which preserves the relics of St. Lucia. This saint is a protector of her hometown of Syracuse in Sicily, for which you can read here.

On the façade of Venice, the saint seemed familiar to me, and if I believed reincarnation, I could say that today she has embodied Michelle Pfeiffer. Another thing that impressed me greatly during the walk through the big canal were the many hotels in front of which you can stop at the parade entrance with the gondola. This is undoubtedly, if not romantic, at least extremely exotic. That same day there would have been a regatta, so the spectators had gathered on the bridges, and gondolas decorated with colorful flags and balloons were preparing for their participation. We arrived at the meeting place – St. Mark’s Square. There is the Doge’s Palace, which I have never looked at. Both times in Venice I did not want to close in any gorgeous palace to enjoy the unique atmosphere. Still, amazing interiors and works of art have somewhere, but a city with canals, such a history and architecture can not be found elsewhere. Of course, I wanted to see everything, but if you only have one day, you must inevitably make a choice and a compromise.

One of the most visited places in the center of Venice is the “Bridge of Sighs”. Once, when I had no idea what this was about, my first association was for an unusually picturesque and romantic bridge, where the lovers walk around, enjoy the view and sigh one another. Nothing of the kind. The bridge is tiny, completely enclosed and actually connects the palace with the prison. This is where the convicts sang the last time, saying goodbye, perhaps forever, with freedom. The funny fact is that while the crowds are pushed to capture the crate, the famous bridge can be shot a little farther away, but much more serene and seamless on the other side, as the channel over which it passes has at least three or four bridges. To do this, you just have to go around the palace and jump into the small streets behind the Basilica of San Marco. There you will also find the bridge with rusty metal rails, which have attached many padlocks with painted hearts and inscribed names or initials – the love of the couples who visited Venice.

And if you go there with your loved one, you can prepare yourself in advance and add your own padlock to the collection. Between the Doge’s palace and the building of the library, two columns, bearing the symbols of two saintly patrons of Venice – St. Teodor and St. Mark, rise. This part of Venice is constantly threatened by floods and some of the cards can be seen on the square covered by water. The city is built on props and slowly sinks. The Basilica of San Marco, completed in the 11th century, is one of the main attractions in the center. On my second visit to Venice, the facade was undergoing renovation. I had the opportunity to enter it at first, but obviously it did not really impress me. I remember only a steep and dark ladder that led us to the balcony on top, from where there really is a wonderful view of the square and the city. An even better view and photo capability offers the tower on the side, but it is usually tailored by those who want to take advantage of it.

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