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Piazza San Marco

Venice, Veneto, Italy
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Without a doubt, the main attraction in Venice is Piazza San Marco. This is where all of the action happens. But during the summer time, it is also one of the most crowded places in the city. One of my absolute favorite things was to grab a gelato and sit by the water right in front of the piazza and watch people walk by. A memory that will always stick in my mind was an elderly couple (probably in their late 70s or early 80s) were walking hand-in-hand when the man tapped his wife on the butt and then she kissed him. I said to myself, “If nothing else, I hope the spark between my future wife and I is that strong at that age.”
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Points of interest

Church of San Giorgio Maggiore
16th century church on its own little island off of Venice.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Considered by some to be one of the best museums of modern art in Europe.
Gallerie dell'Accademia
An art museum showcasing Venetian art from the 14th to the 18th centuries.
San Zaccaria
A 15th century church with beautiful and vibrant interior artwork.
Mazzorbo
The small island right next to Burano that can be accessed by a wooden bridge.
Basilica dei Frari
13th century church that houses popular artworks including but not limited to the Assumption.
Theater of Palazzo Grassi
A contemporary art museum located right off of the Grand Canal.
Milan
It is roughly a 2.5 hours train ride from Venice to Milan.
Florence
Just 2.5 hours from Venice with train. Would highly recommend going and spending at least 2-3 days if not more.
Rome
Roughly 3.5 hours from Venice with train or just over 1 hour with plane.
Naples
A short 1 hour and 15 minute plan ride away that will cost you around $50 bucks with EasyJet.
Museo Correr
One of many civic museums in Venice that showcases Venetian history, culture, and are.
Via Teatro la Fenice
Gorgeous theater in Venice but quite expensive to catch a performance.
St Mark's Campanile
The iconic bell tower that is located in Piazza San Marco.
Bridge of Sighs
A very small, enclosed limestone bridge in Venice built in the 1600s.
Grand Canal
The enormous canal that runs through Venice and is always filled with boats.
Rialto Bridge
Perhaps the most photographed bridge in the world. Extremely crowded on the bridge in the summer.
Doge's Palace
Beautiful home of the Doge of Venice that reminded me a bit like Versailles.
Murano
Another island right off of Venice known for its glass making.
Burano
Beautiful island right off of Venice known for its vibrantly colored houses and buildings.
Saint Mark's Basilica
Built in the 9th century and considered one of the most visited basilicas in the world.
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
This Roman Catholic Church is one of the most picturesque buildings in the city. Like some of the other churches in the city, it was built as a sign of gratitude (this one dedicated to Mary) for the end of the plague outbreak in the 1600s. You may remember I spoke about the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer or Il Redentore in a previous post, which had a very similar origin. And just like Il Redentore, there is a celebration with a big mass (this one during the 3rd week of November) which celebrations the end of the plague in Venice.
Church of the Santissimo Redentore
Also known as Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore or the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, this Roman Catholic church isn’t actually located in Venice, rather on the island of Giudecca. There is a lot of history behind this church, which was built in the 16th century to rescue the inhabitant of Venice from the plague that had killed tens of thousands of people up to that point. Many of you have probably seen videos or at the very least pictures of spectacular fireworks in Venice. Well those were likely taken during the month of July when on the second or third Saturday and Sunday there is Festa del Redentore, which celebrates the end of the plague in Venice.
Venice
I had the opportunity to spend a few nights in Venice. At first, I was very excited to come because I heard so much amazing things from friends and family. But after spending a few days there, I really was not very impressed. It may have been due to the fact that I was there in the summer and so it was unbelievably crowded. From the streets to the queue to get out of town, it took forever to get anywhere. The locals were not that particularly friendly and I know there has been a lot of controversy over tourism versus local life in Venice. Overall, I was happy to see the city but would probably not come back.
Piazza San Marco
Without a doubt, the main attraction in Venice is Piazza San Marco. This is where all of the action happens

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